We have new beds, courtesy of Project Blu.
Mum chose the Adriatic eco-friendly mattress because it fitted perfectly with the decor of the living room.
Testing it, I can tell you it is sumptuously soft.
The label told us that the bed is made from durable quality recycled polyester fabric, and packed full of recycled polyester fibre for ultimate comfort.
And importantly, this bed has prevented 54 plastic bottles from polluting our natural environment.
And the Goa eco-friendly dog cushion did even more.
It prevented 70 plastic bottles from going into the oceans!!!
That is so fab because we know that plastic never breaks down and goes away. An estimated 8 million metric tonnes enters our oceans every year. Not only does this pollute our environment and kill wildlife, the micro-plastics and carcinogenic toxins are entering our food chain.
Project Blu’s dog beds are made from recycled ocean bound plastic waste from some of the world’s poorest nations. Their products convert these polluting materials into 100% recycled fabrics and fillings, a valuable commodity. So not only does this help clean the environment, it will also help reduce poverty.
“Our oceans bear the brunt of our plastics epidemic, with up to 12.7 million tons of plastic ending up in them every year. We are working to collect and manufacture high quality pet products from the mounting number of plastic bottles and discarded fishing nets already in our oceans, rather than make more”, Project Blu Founder, Geryn Evans.
May’s comment: Ever since watching the programme about how plastics make their way to the ocean, and seeing the devastation it had caused to ocean life, that’s why we support companies like Project Blu. It is not a brand, it is a movement.
We seldom do brand promotions unless we believe in their products. When Welsh pet brand Project Blu approached us for a collaboration, I did some research into the company –
“Project Blu was born from a desire to do something different. We set out to break the mould of the traditional manufacturing process to offer products that are sustainable, affordable and built to last.
‘Project Blu’ has been operating a circular business model since launching in 2019, with the aim of reducing the environmental impact of pet products through a number of technologies.
With consumer demand for eco-friendly pet products at an all time high, and pet owners expecting products to conform to the same high standards as their own, Project Blu aims to become a global leader for sustainable pet products. The range of fabric dog beds, cat beds, collars, leashes and toys are woven from recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) yarn, and recycled cotton to create a strong, comfortable and sustainable product. Upcycling ocean-bound plastic that has been intercepted from remote islands, beaches and coastal communities, not only prevents waste but conserves resources. Of the 400 million tonnes of plastic waste produced globally, only 9 percent of all plastic ever made, is recycled. Taking more than 400 years to degrade, most of it still exists in some form.
Each Project Blu pet product is manufactured from between 1 and 300 plastic bottles.
To complete the circle, Project Blu pledges to clean a further one pound of plastic from our oceans and coastlines through the Plastic Bank. The Plastic Bank builds and activates recycling infrastructure in the world’s poorest regions. Ocean-bound plastic is collected and returned for cash, digital currency, healthcare, school tuition and more.
Project Blu aims to inspire and educate consumers about the dangers of plastic, polyester and remnants of the fast-fashion industry. Our philosophy is to drive consumers to more sustainable products that are designed to last.
Our headquarters are based in the Vale of Glamorgan (Wales, UK) and our production facilities are operated in Tuscany (Italy).“
From the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) –
- Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year for use in a wide variety of applications.
- At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, and make up 80% of all marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments.
- Marine species ingest or are entangled by plastic debris, which causes severe injuries and deaths.
- Plastic pollution threatens food safety and quality, human health, coastal tourism, and contributes to climate change.
- There is an urgent need to explore the use of existing legally binding international agreements to address marine plastic pollution.
- Recycling and reuse of plastic products, and support for research and innovation to develop new products to replace single-use plastics are also necessary to prevent and reduce plastic pollution.
So the next time you’re considering buying something new for your dog and/or your cat – check out Project Blu. They can be washed and they have a stylish range. Most of all – help to stop plastic polluting oceans.
And check our Instagram account @missdarcysadventures – from tomorrow – we will be doing a Giveaway of one of Project Blu’s beds.