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Published Tue, Jun 10th 2014

bpi.recycled products backs amazing bid to row 2,400 miles solo across the Pacific

Polythene recycling company bpi.recycled products (BPI RP) is backing a heroic attempt by athlete Elsa Hammond to row across the Pacific Ocean solo.

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Polythene recycling company bpi.recycled products (BPI RP) is backing a heroic attempt by athlete Elsa Hammond to row across the Pacific Ocean solo.

Elsa is taking part in the inaugural Great Pacific Race, which sees rowers compete over a 2,400 mile course from California’s Monterey Bay to Honolulu in Hawaii. BPI RP, a manufacturer of 100% recycled refuse sacks, has pledged £5,000 in sponsorship to Elsa’s solo bid, which will aim to raise £200,000 for charity and highlight the serious impact rubbish has on our oceans.

The race begins today and is scheduled to run until September. A total of 15 boats will participate, including fours, pairs and solos. Elsa will be the only European female solo taking part and is aiming to complete the journey in 90 days, smashing the current Great Pacific Race record of 99 days for a female solo.

Elsa is raising money for the Plastic Oceans Foundation, an environmental charity. During her journey she will pass through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a stretch of ocean that is notorious for being polluted by tonnes of post-consumer waste. Elsa will also be raising money for the GREAT Initiative, a gender equality charity, and is dedicating each mile of her 2,400 journey to an inspirational woman.

Derbyshire-based BPI RP recycles up to 70,000 tonnes of waste polythene every year, which saves it from being sent to landfill. The polythene is cleaned and turned into pellets, which can be used to create innovative ‘second life’ products, such as BPI’s Green Sack™, a 100% recycled refuse sack.

Andrew Green, managing director of BPI RP, said: “As a socially responsible business that specialises in reducing waste, we were captivated by Elsa’s extraordinary solo row and the motivations behind it. The amount of rubbish in our oceans is a source of concern and any effort to raise awareness of this growing problem is welcome. We already work locally in the community and schools to educate children about the importance of recycling, but Elsa’s solo row gives us a wonderful opportunity to engage in this important conversation on a global basis.”

Elsa says: "I'm excited to be working with bpi.recycled products. When we first met, I was really interested to hear about the recycling initiatives that they are already undertaking - they are a forward-thinking organisation. I am looking forward to engaging with them further on my return to the UK in their push towards a more circular economy."

Andrew added: “As Europe’s largest polythene recycler we are passionate about the potential for recycling to improve the world we live in. If we can increase levels of recycling we can reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill, as well as the amount of rubbish that ends up in our oceans. We wish Elsa all the very best in her solo row and look forward to following her amazing journey every step of the way!”

More information on bpi.recyled products can be found on its website:


Note to editors:

bpi.recycled products is the largest recycler of used polythene in Europe, recycling up to 70,000 tonnes of post-use polythene material from horticultural, commercial, retail, industrial and agricultural markets annually.

bpi.recycled products uses some of these materials to manufacture its award-winning 100% recycled refuse sack, the Green Sack™. The Green Sack™ is made using waste farm polythene, such as used bale wrap and horticultural films which, because of their inherent strength, provide superior levels of performance. The Green Sack™ is certified under the CHSA Manufacturing Standard Accreditation Scheme.

The environmental benefits of recycling plastic are becoming more widely recognised: maximising reusable material, diverting waste from landfill and conserving resources. bpi.recycled products has developed the necessary expertise and the infrastructure in the form of a network of Environment Agency accredited recycling plants to help drive these benefits forward.

Company background:

bpi.recycled products is a division of BPI (British Polythene Industries) plc, one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of polythene films, bags and sacks. As a result of its continuing commitment to operating in a sustainable way and to minimising the environmental impact of all of its activities, BPI won the Sustainability Award at the 2014 Scottish Corporate Awards. Previously, BPI was named Best Green Large Company at the 2010 Scottish Green Awards.


Suzanne Howe Communications
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