Weight plates are a vital piece of equipment when it comes to strength training and workouts. However, most weight plates are manufactured from raw metal or moulded into shape with concrete. This means that they are not recyclable or made from recycled products, making them bad for the environment.
Weight plates do last a long time, but what happens when you want to dispose of them or they become too damaged to sell? It’s just more metal to add to the pile of recyclable products that damage the environment.
So as a business, we have made the conscious decision to source our own local, British, eco-friendly weight plates and make them fully recyclable and made purely from recycled materials.
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- What Does Eco-Friendly Mean?
- Made in Britain
- Marcy Eco Brand Story
- Marcy Eco-Weight Plate Story
- How Eco-Friendly Are They?
- How Are They Made?
- Why Is This Important to Us?
What Does Eco-Friendly Mean?
There has been a big increase in Eco-friendly products in recent years, which will only increase. But what does Eco-friendly actually mean? Basically, it means anything that is not harmful to the environment.
Many eco-friendly products are out there, but many are not fully eco-friendly. They can be made from recycled products but not be recyclable, or vice versa. That doesn’t mean they don’t help the environment, but it can mean that they are still harmful in some way.
Made In Britain
When making the Marcy Eco Weight plates, we wanted to have them made in the UK. Reliance on overseas suppliers meant that the pandemic made it difficult for a lot of companies to source stock. So making them in the UK, just 2 hours from our Yorkshire-based warehouse, meant less transport, less pollution and less waiting time.
And let’s not forget that they are Made in Britain approved!
Marcy Eco Brand Story
Marcy itself was formed in the United States in 1950. Over the course of the last 70 years, it has had to adapt and progress through cultural and economic changes, fitness development and most recently, a global pandemic. However, now Marcy faces its biggest challenge ye; Global Warming & Environmental Damage. So making the weight plates eco-friendly as well as local was our next priority.
Over recent years, the fitness industry has greatly impacted our environment. This is due to the high volume of raw resources required to manufacture the wide range of equipment and the exporting of the goods. While raw material is drawn from the planet, causing damage, our environment is also being damaged. This is due to the volume of CO2 which is created throughout product manufacturing and shipping.
Marcy Eco-Weight Plate Story
In response to this new challenge, Marcy has chosen to expand and evolve into Marcy Eco. Marcy Eco is an extension of Marcy, which will keep a hold of Marcy’s core ideologies. In doing this we will aim to reduce damage to the environment by sourcing products locally in Britain and in an environmentally friendly way.
So, where will Marcy begin? Marcy Eco Weight plates are the first project to kick off the Marcy Eco brand. The Marcy Eco Weight Plates are Made in Britain, from 97% high quality, recycled metal, and packaged carefully in recycled and recyclable packaging.
Now you might be thinking; if they are recycled, they can’t be as good as other weight plates? Let us show you why that is not the case:
How Eco-Friendly Are They?
We have designed our eco-weight plates to be both recyclable and recycled without losing their long-lasting quality. They are made from 97% recycled material from a range of sources, such as engine parts, car braking components and steel from local manufacturing firms. These components are melted down through a 95% high proportion green energy tariff to ensure CO2 emissions are kept low during manufacturing.
All the weight plates can also be recycled once you are done with them too. This means that they reduce waste and damage to the environment as they will never have to go to waste.
To keep CO2 emissions as low as possible, the eco-weight plates and their packaging (made from 85% recycled materials) are delivered to our East Yorkshire warehouse, where each weight plate is hand packaged by a team member.
This has all been designed to reduce emissions and energy consumption, ensuring the whole process is as good for the environment as possible.
How Are They Made?
The process of making the eco-weight plates is designed to provide the highest level of quality, whilst the unique Envirofacturing initiative of the company ensures that they operate in the most environmentally responsible manner possible.
Special environment-responsible equipment is used, ensuring emissions are kept as low as possible. The moulds for the plates are made first, out of a combination of silica sand, coal dust replacement, clay and water and then sealed together. The machine will make enough moulds to fill the moulding line, ready for filling with molten, recycled scrap metal.
The warehouse collects and stores scrap metal of all kinds. When needed, it is collected using a large electro-magnet and dropped into the Coreless Electric Induction furnaces chamber for melting. This machine runs on 95% electric melting using a very high proportion of Green energy. The moulds are then checked over before being filled and left to solidify.
Once the plates have been removed from the moulds, the sand used is cooled and sent back to the sand mixer for re-use. This means that 95% of the sand used is recycled. After the plates have cooled they are cleaned off in the shot-blaster and checked for any rough edges which are ground off. Finally, each plate is checked by highly trained quality engineers, and the latest 3D scanning capabilities provide quality assurance.
The Finishing Touches
Once all of the plates have been made, they are electro-painted to provide excellent coverage, corrosion resistance and substrate adhesion. The weight plates are dipped into electrically conductive substrates, which are immersed in water-bourne paint. Once the plates are in, an electrical charge is applied to the liquid mix. This deposits the paint onto the plates and forms an even and continuous paint layer over the entire surface.
To see the full process, watch the video below:
Why Is This Important to Us?
Being Made in Britain and eco-friendly is massively important to keep the planet safe. As a business, being able to make eco-friendly products is a massive step forward. But it also opens up doors for what other eco-friendly exercise equipment we could make.
It is also important to us that our products do not lose their high quality. Sourcing local, recycled materials means that we can deliver high-quality products as well as something that can help save the planet.
If being eco-friendly is important to you, make sure to keep an eye on our website for our upcoming eco-weight plates and many more eco products.
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