One of the UK’s largest dog welfare charities has been working with a recycled plastics manufacturer to create new dog training aids designed with sustainability in mind.
Commissioned by Dogs Trust, Marmax’s dog training platform is believed to be the first in the country to be made entirely of recycled plastics. The platform has been installed at Dogs Trust’s newly-built rehoming centre in Shrewsbury.
Dogs Trust, which operates 19 rehoming centres throughout the UK and Ireland, now has plans to equip other centres with Marmax products, such as recycled plastic litter bins, fencing and benches.
Sustainability is a key consideration for Dogs Trust and its Shrewsbury centre was the recipient of the highest ever BREEAM rating.
Dogs Trust head of procurement Joanna Richardson said: “We aim to ensure that, wherever possible, the products we buy are from sustainable sources and at the same time are cost-effective. Marmax products fit the bill perfectly.
“Traditionally dog training platforms, fencing, benches and other outdoor products have been made of wood which deteriorate over time, require maintenance and are easily damaged by dogs. In addition to the environmental benefits, recycled plastic products are extremely durable and are completely maintenance free.”
Marmax’s sales and marketing manager Tracey Scott commented: “Many charities and corporate clients have environmental policies in place and take these into account when making purchasing decisions. Marmax products are used by zoos and leading leisure attractions throughout the UK because they offer a sustainable and cost-effective choice.”