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International marine equipment and technology supplier Gael Force Group, founded in Stornoway in the 1980s and now headquartered in Inverness, has begun partnering with a business that aims to turn waste from its moorings production into recyclable garden products.

Ocean Plastic Pots transforms raw material from the excess tail-end rope offcuts into distinctively coloured plant pots that can be used indoors and outdoors.  The sustainable pots are designed in Glasgow and manufactured in Scotland and are the brainchild of former commercial diver Ally Mitchell.

The idea to team up with Ocean Plastic Pots came from Gael Force’s Warehouse Supervisor, Dougie Grant who submitted the proposal through the company’s employee idea forum, ‘Force for Good’. 

Alongside the moorings production team, he had been considering ways in which surplus materials from production jobs could be diverted away from traditional methods of waste disposal.  Dougie identified an opportunity for recycling the rope offcuts when he came across Ocean Plastic Pots on television and took an initiative to explore further.

As a result, Ocean Plastic Pots has just recently produced its first batch of ‘Burton’ pots made from the distinctly yellow coloured SeaQureLine.  Their manufacturing technique means that each pot is different, but all have a solid yellow flat matt colour.

Marc Wilson, Marketing Manager from Gael Force Group, commented:  “Leftover material from our production is inevitable, just like it is in construction, engineering, or other manufacturing.  In partnership with Ocean Plastic Pots and through the determination of our team to help minimise the impact our operations have on the environment, we have found a way in which we can help create a circular economy.”

Gael Force is exploring further initiatives to extend its recycling activities from production involving rope and netting offcuts.

The Burton Yellow Pot from Ocean Plastic Pots is available to purchase online from oceanplasticpots.com

  • Photo - Landscape - Gael Force Plastic Pot (credit: Gael Force)
    • The Burton Plant Pot made from SeaQureLine offcuts.
  • Photo - Mooring Production (credit: Paul Campbell/HIE)