Plastics are incredibly useful materials, but they don’t belong in our soil, lakes, rivers or oceans. Plastic waste is one of the most pressing problems our planet faces. We need to find uses for this waste to prevent it from being dumped in the environment.
That’s why we have created this New WeatherBeeta Green-Tec 900D Collection using recycled plastics for the outer fabric and lining. Each rug saves over 340 plastic bottles (based on 500ml bottles for a 6’3 per rug, number of bottles will vary depending on the size of the rug) from going into landfill or the ocean. But that’s not the only reason why this rug is a better choice for the environment. The way we have made it uses far less (over 50% less) energy to produce the fabric than a traditional rug. Plus, it is packaged in recyclable packaging that is also made from PCR (post-consumer recyclable plastic) further reducing the environmental impact of our Green-Tec range.
We hope one day all rugs will be made this way. We have done all this while retaining 100% of the WeatherBeeta quality we are world famous for. While our rugs come with a 3-year warranty, they often last far longer than that. We like to think of a WeatherBeeta rug as a long-term investment in a happy horse and a happy owner. We think cheaper alternatives simply are not up to WeatherBeeta standards and typically don’t last as long. So you can buy a WeatherBeeta rug with confidence, knowing it should last for many years to come.
For Winter 2020, the Green-Tec rug range is available as a Heavy (360g), Medium (220g) and Lite Plus (50g). Featuring a waterproof and breathable 900 denier PCR outer from recycled bottles, a strong 150 denier diamond weave lining PCR fabric, a detach-a-neck style for versatility and a traditional side gusset for natural movement; quick clip front closure also offers maximum adjustability, twin low cross surcingles, large tail flap for extra protection and removable, adjustable leg straps; this rug offers all of the great features expected in a WeatherBeeta rug.
Additionally, we wanted to create something for our smaller four-legged friends. The Green-Tec Dog Coat is made in the same great environmentally friendly way as our horse rug! Made from approximately 19 plastic bottles (based on 500ml bottles for a 55cm dog coat), the Green-Tec Dog Coat is available in Medium (220g) and Lite Plus (50g), features a wraparound freedom front with touch tape closure and arched legs for freedom of movement; adjustable touch tape belly closure; darts at the back of the coat help to provide a contoured fit; reflective piping for added safety and a harness hole for easy access when walking.
So does this ask the question what next for the Equine industry? Will all equestrian manufacturers take this route and help reduce the cost of manufacturing such items or is it just a phase. We think this is the start of something great and step in the right direction so hopefully more manufacturers will take a leap of faith and go down the recycling route to help change the global environment.
Its a thumbs up from us and fingers crossed its a sign of things to come.