Denman International recycles PPE waste into brushes and combs

Published 11th Oct 2021 by Charlotte Grant-West
Denman International recycles PPE waste into brushes and combs Denman International is a company committed to doing better - for their customers and for the environment - and they have exciting plans under way to make a positive change.

As part of a broad initiative to make a positive impact, Denman’s parent company, Denroy Plastics Ltd, has teamed up with Ulster University and its European partner to explore ways in which PPE waste can be transformed into manufacturing grade plastics.

Covid-19, and the PPE necessary to stop transmission, has created a significant waste problem. Denman already manufactures and then collects the used FFP3 masks worn in healthcare and is working with partners and recycling companies to sterilise and grind down the common blue PPE masks. Prototypes of the Denman Clipper Comb and Scalp Brush are currently in testing with Denman ambassadors and there are further products planned.

John Rainey MBE, chairman, Denman International, Denroy Group, says: “We have a company wide impact strategy and the recycling of PPE plastics is an important element. As a company we no longer produce single use plastics and we work with fantastic organisations including Plastic Bank which collects, processes and resells manufacturing plastics globally. Our sustainability efforts will always be a work-in-progress as we continue to build our contribution to the circular economy.”

Around 53 million single-use face masks were being used in the UK each day* at the height of the 2021 pandemic peak. So it's good news then that finding a way of turning an environmental burden into a manufacturing resource is top of the agenda for Denman. MB looks forward to sharing more eco success stories in 2022.

To find out more about Denman’s policies on waste and plastics, please head here.
Charlotte Grant-West

Charlotte Grant-West

Published 11th Oct 2021

Charlotte oversees the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. With over a decade of experience as a journalist, Charlotte was formerly Editor of Modern Barber and HJ Men, Social Editor at Netmums and Features Writer at Boots Health & Beauty magazine. She loves any products that make her hair bigger and more voluminous, and loves a behind-the-scenes peek at anything hair-related – whether it's a factory tour, BTS on a shoot or backstage at fashion week.


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