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Recycling firm makes waste a winner

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When it comes to green innovation in the UK, Remarkable takes the biscuit.The Worcester-based stationary company recycles UK waste into UK-manufactured products for UK customers. The company’s seven productionsystems process five tonnes of UK waste every day. Ironic, is it not, that companies like Barclays and Deutsche Bank end upbuying Remarkable pencils made from their recycled plastic cups andRemarkable pads made from their waste paper? While Rolls Royce forks out forbranded pencil cases made from recycled car tyres. Founder and inventor, Edward Douglas Miller, started the company in 1996.“In the nineties environmental concerns weren’t mainstream. No one talkedabout it,” he says. “For the first five years we struggled with one product,the Remarkable pencil. Now we manufacture a complete range of stationary.Corporations and blue-chips use us to meet their environmental objectives bybuying branded products. We’re growing at 50 per cent year-on-year.” As one of the pioneering companies in this sector, he’s is scathing aboutcopycat firms. “No-one else takes UK waste and manufactures it here,” hesays. “It’s closed-loop recycling. All of our products are environmental.I’m not bolting a token green range onto a polluting system or green-washingto please my shareholders.” Miller owns 100 per cent of the £4m-turnovercompany. And he’s not getting out any time soon. “We’re launching a massivenew range this month,” he says. “So we’re on track to compete with the wholestationary sector, not just the fringe green industry.” Keep your eyespeeled for a Remarkable growth spurt.

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