At Marlow Ropes we are turning the tide on how we manufacture – the energy we use, the materials we source and the waste we produce. As a leading manufacturer we are ensuring that we operate an efficient and ethical plant, enabling a sustainable future for manufacturing in the UK.
As a rope-maker, we recognise that our activities will have an effect on both the local and global environment and we are committed to ensuring that the negative effect is minimised as far as is practical. With this in mind, we are bringing together our sustainability actions and the eco-conscious products we are developing under the one BLUE OCEAN® brand.
Since 2018, we have been developing products using sustainably sourced fibres in all of our standard synthetic rope ranges. Most significantly we are reducing reliance on fossil fuels by using fibres either manufactured from waste plastic or natural sources in the Leisure Marine and Arboriculture markets.
Overall, the BLUE OCEAN® brand is our mark of sustainability and assures our customers, end-users, suppliers and employees of the on-going commitment and mission to conduct our operations and production within an environmentally conscious measured framework.
Blue Ocean® Static is the first static rope manufactured from 100% recycled polyester for the Safety and Access market, and the latest addition to Marlow Ropes’ eco-conscious Blue Ocean® product line using sustainable materials. The 11mm rope is made from 100% recycled waste plastic bottles and offers the same industry leading strength and low elongation performance, expected from Marlow's Safety and Access static range.
NFPA, CE and UKCA approved, this innovative rope is compatible with all relevant diameter rope management climbing and descending devices. The Blue Ocean® Static follows the release of the award-winning Blue Ocean® eco-conscious range across Marlow's Leisure Marine and Arboriculture market. All offering top performance with low environmental impact, using raw materials made from recycled sources.
Marlow Whipping Twine is a best-seller all over the world, and as part of our commitment to our BLUE OCEAN sustainability initiatives we have ensured that all packaging components are now 100% recyclable.
This is one of the last accessory products in our Leisure Marine range to benefit from an eco-conscious packaging update, following the introduction in 2020 of our recyclable uncoated brown board accessory header cards and switch to sustainably sourced sugar cane packaging.
As part of our BLUE OCEAN manifesto, we continue to adopt and explore new ways of protecting and safely transporting our goods to customers and consumers around the world whilst maintaining our objective of eliminating unnecessary packaging and reducing our environmental impact.
BLUE OCEAN® DOUBLEBRAID is Marlow Ropes' latest addition to the eco-conscious Blue Ocean® product range which is manufactured from sustainable materials. The heat-set braid-on-braid Doublebraid is made from 100% recycled waste plastic bottles and offers industry leading strength and stretch performance.
Used for a variety of on-board applications, this popular line is available on the reel as standard and also as spliced finished assemblies on request. It offers flexibility and easy handling for all sailors, and now with the reassurance of being sustainably manufactured.
Our new environmentally conscious innovation; the BLUE OCEAN RAPTOR Lowering Line made using 100% recycled waste plastic bottles will be launched later this Spring.
Managing Director, Jon Mitchell adds, “We hope that by introducing this new product to the Arb market, it will encourage other manufacturers to act, enabling us as a manufacturer to make further progress towards a circular economy. Our ultimate goal is to switch all of our polyester fibres from virgin PET to rPET.”
The Blue Ocean’s unique construction offers the same popular attributes as the normal Raptor and Marlow’s other Arboriculture products including good abrasion resistance and shock absorption with soft and supple flexibility with zero strength loss or shrinkage but in an environmentally friendly way. The Blue Ocean range extends into Marlow’s Leisure Marine industry encouraging a more sustainable approach to the rope manufacturing industry.
This new innovation reduces Dyneema’s reliance on fossil fuels and helps Marlow achieve their sustainability and carbon footprint reduction targets. All products containing SK78, SK99 and DM20 are now manufactured with Bio-Based Dyneema.
Bio-based Dyneema has identical technical characteristics and performance as conventional Dyneema but uses waste from the pulp and timber industry as its primary raw-material.
Bio-based Dyneema is ISCC certified, as sustainable and renewable via “mass-balancing”. This means that the Ethylene feedstock used to make Dyneema is transitioned from conventional petrochemical sources to sustainable and renewable sources with no change to the manufacturing process or the quality and performance of the yarn! Therefore, any a rope made with Bio-based Dyneema by Marlow, directly contributes to reduced CO2 emissions and has a lower environmental impact.
Every tonne of Bio-based Dyneema Marlow uses, reduces carbon emissions by 5 tonnes compared with a tonne of conventional Dyneema**.
And the comparison with generic HMPE is even starker – 1 tonne of Bio-based Dyneema produces 29 tonnes less CO2 than 1 tonne of generic HMPE*. That is equivalent to charging 3.7m Smart phones or the same CO2 offset by 480 tree saplings over 10 years
Source of information:
** calculated by DSM Internal Life-Cycle Assessment
Marlow Ropes, the world-leading rope manufacturer officially announces the introduction of their latest ‘technically better’ innovation; the BLUE OCEAN® GECKO, a first in the Arboriculture industry.
The Blue Ocean® Gecko is a climbing rope with a 16 plait cover made from Marlow’s trademarked Blue Ocean® yarn - manufactured from recycled plastic bottles. It is the first climbing rope in the Arboriculture industry to be made from the recycled material. This release comes after their first product, Blue Ocean® Raptor, a lowering line made from 100% Blue Ocean® yarn hit the market earlier this year.
The new creation maintains the same CE Certified attributes and performance of Marlow’s popular original Gecko, but with an eco-conscious twist and a NEW low-profile eye termination option - added to give a tighter grip to karabiners/ hardware and to ease a smoother run through branches.
Marlow Ropes, officially announced the launch of their third Blue Ocean® innovation to round up their trilogy of eco-conscious Arb lines for 2020. The ‘Technically Better’ rope brand are no strangers to sourcing sustainably produced fibres, and are the first in the arboriculture and forestry industry to release ropes made from recycled waste plastic bottles.
The global Arb industry will be pleased to hear that this sustainable accessory cord maintains the same CE Certified attributes and anti-kink construction making it ideal for use as a prussik and in other friction hitches. The new hardwearing 16 plait cover is now made from GRS certified Blue Ocean® yarn, manufactured from waste recycled plastic bottles.
Marlow Ropes are delighted to announce that their eco-conscious Blue Ocean Dockline, made from 100% recycled waste plastic bottles was awarded a PITTMAN Innovation Award 2020 by principle Editor, Adam Cort of Sail Magazine at Boot Dusseldorf, this January.
This sustainable innovation, a first in the industry, has seen great enthusiasm from the Leisure Marine market since its launch in 2019.
Managing Director Jon Mitchell comments;
“We are thrilled that the Blue Ocean Dockline’s eco credentials and innovation have been recognised by the Pittman Innovation Award jury. Every day more than 16 million plastic bottles end up in landfill in the UK alone and when we found out about the astonishing quantities of plastic waste and the impact this is having on our oceans, we knew we had to act, and sought partners who had the expertise to develop and produce rPET (recycled polyester) yarn. This, combined with our technical knowledge of engineering rope solutions, allowed the innovation to become possible.”
Marlow Ropes are delighted to announce that their eco-conscious Blue Ocean Dockline, made from 100% recycled waste plastic bottles was awarded a SPECIAL MENTION in the DAME Awards 2019 at the METSTRADE show that took place in Amsterdam this November.
This sustainable innovation, a first in the industry, has seen great enthusiasm from the Leisure Marine market since its launch at the start of 2019.
Marlow Ropes, the world leading Leisure Marine rope manufacturer officially announces the introduction of their latest ‘technically better’ environmentally conscious innovation; the BLUE OCEAN DOCKLINE made using 100% recycled waste plastic bottles. Every day more than 16 million plastic bottles end up in landfill in the UK alone, and this latest innovation from the pioneering UK rope manufacturer uses their engineering expertise to make an environmental difference; through the development of a high quality premium Dockline rope made using 100% recycled plastic bottle yarn.
Reusing, repurposing and recycling are key areas of Marlow’s environmental policy and this latest product development aims to highlight the importance of these actions to help reduce marine plastic pollution. As a manufacturing company within the marine industry, Marlow knows only too well about the impact that plastic materials can have on the environment and ensures that their impact is kept to a minimum, as managing director Jon Mitchell explains:
“Like many progressive organisations, we are extremely conscious of our environmental impact and ensure that both our manufacturing and waste management systems are in line with our environmental policy which reinforces our recycle, reuse and repurpose education mission. Our ropes are made to the highest of standards using quality materials such as Dyneema® which is well known for its green strength, and whilst they are made from plastic polymers, they are not single use items and we equip our customers and end users with technical knowledge to help maximise the rope’s performance and extend their life so that as little of them as possible end up in landfill or as marine litter. When the ropes do eventually need replacing, there are a variety of ways that rope can be repurposed and we encourage this as much as possible by sharing tips across our website and social media channels.”