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Somerset eco-firm opens to make recyclable gowns from sugar cane waste

Published: 15th July 2021 14:48

(L-R) Sales Manager, Marta Franczuk, Directors Carole and Tim Champion and Administrator, Abby Coombes from CARTIM Recyclables

A SUSTAINABLE Somerset business has opened this month (July 2021) providing 100% recyclable and eco-friendly gowns made from sugar cane waste for professionals in personal care industries including hairdressers and barbers.

CARTIM Recyclables provides an alternative solution to single use plastics with its 100% recyclable Polyair™ gowns that are super hygienic and completely environmentally friendly.

Carole Champion, Director of CARTIM Recyclables, based at Somerton Business Park, says: “Sustainability is at the heart of what we do. All of our gowns are plastic free, carbon neutral, produce zero waste and are free from any animal products.”

By encouraging others to make more educated and sustainable choices, the CARTIM Recyclables team hopes to help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and dramatically reduce the human race’s carbon footprint.

Director, Tim Champion adds: “We aim to offer an affordable solution to professionals and businesses looking to make a change to become greener.

“There’s been a real need for a product like this throughout the pandemic as hairdressers have had to go, understandably, over and above their hygiene levels to cover off Covid compliance in order to remain open.

“Now these changes look likely to come to an end this month, customers and staff are still demanding the highest standards in hygiene for their own safety and to reduce the risk of further outbreaks, and the spread of other variants. The other big trend is sustainability. People want to use planet-positive products and our 100% recyclable gown made exclusively in the UK does exactly this.”

CARTIM Recyclables’ gowns are designed to protect a hairdresser or barber’s client against hair, water and colour.

Made from Polyair™, its gowns are the only 100% recyclable, carbon neutral material currently available and are PAS2050 carbon neutral certified.

Carole continues: “This is truly the greenest material we know of and it will help hairdressers and barbers improve their green credentials and dramatically reduce their carbon footprints.

“Polyair™ is a soft, clear material that provides a commercially viable alternative to standard polythene. It is bio-based and is made from sugar cane waste. It’s the process of photosynthesis as the plant grows that makes this material carbon neutral and our product 100% recyclable.”

Polyair™ is manufactured in Witney, Oxfordshire and extruded, cut and packed exclusively at the CARTIM factory in Somerset, resulting in a ‘Made In Britain’ product.

Gowns have neck ties and are 1200mm x 1200mm adequate to fully cover a hairdresser or barber’s client while seated.

Every business that buys the gowns will receive a certificate stating that for every 100kg of Polyair™ used, 260kg of CO2 is prevented from entering the atmosphere.

CARTIM Recyclables is the sister company to Needles and Pins (UK) Ltd and Tica Lily Ltd.

Carole adds: “Tica Lily is another exciting venture of ours that is soon to be launched too offering wonderful household and clothing collections made from 100% linen.”

The team at CARTIM Recyclables cut and pack its gowns in its Somerton factory, then deliver and collect the used items from its clients for recycling.

For more information about CARTIM Recyclables, which is based in Somerton, please call 01458 272057 or visit www.cartimrecyclables.co.uk.

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