Weight plates are a vital piece of equipment when it comes to strength training and workouts. However, most weight plates are manufactured from raw metal or moulded into shape with concrete. This means that they are not recyclable or made from recycled products, making them bad for the environment.

Weight plates do last a long time, but what happens when you want to dispose of them or they become too damaged to sell on? It's just more metal to add to the pile of recyclable products that damage the environment.

So as a business, we have made the conscious decision to source our own eco-friendly weight plates, and make them fully recyclable and made purely from recycled materials.

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What Does Eco-Friendly Mean?

There has been a big increase in Eco-friendly products in recent years, and this is only going to increase. But what does Eco-friendly actually mean? Basically, it means anything that is not harmful to the environment.

There are many Eco-friendly products out there, but many of them are not fully eco-friendly. They can be made from recycled products but not be recyclable, or vice versa. That doesn't mean they don't help the environment, but it can mean that they are still harmful in some way.

Marcy Eco Brand Story

Marcy was formed in the United States in 1950. Over the course of the last 70 years, it has had to adapt and progress through cultural and economic changes, fitness development and most recently, a global pandemic. However, now Marcy faces its biggest challenge yet, Global Warming & Environmental Damage.

The fitness industry has had a huge impact on our environment. This is because of the high volume of raw resources required to manufacture the wide range of equipment available. While raw material is drawn from the planet our environment is damaged due to the volume of CO2 which is created throughout product manufacturing and shipping.

Marcy Eco-Weight Plate Story

In response to this new challenge, Marcy has chosen to expand and evolve into Marcy Eco. Marcy Eco is an extension of Marcy, which will keep a hold of those core ideologies and reduce damage to the planet and environment by sourcing products locally in Britain and in an environmentally friendly way.

So, where will Marcy begin? The first project to kick off the Marcy Eco brand is Marcy Eco Weight plates. The Marcy Eco Weight Plates are Made in Britain, made from 97% high quality, recycled metal, and packaged carefully in recycled packaging.

Now you might be thinking; if they are recycled, they can’t be as good as other weight plates? Let us show you why that is not the case:

How Eco-Friendly Are They?

eco friendly process

We have designed our eco-weight plates to be both recyclable and recycled. They are made from 97% recycled material from a wide range of sources, including engine parts, car braking components and steel from local manufacturing firms. These components are melted down through a 95% high proportion green energy tariff to ensure CO2 emissions are kept low through the manufacturing process.

All the weight plates can also be recycled once you are done with them too. This means that they reduce waste and damage to the environment as they will never have to go to waste.

To keep CO2 emissions as low as possible, the eco weight plates and their packaging (made from 85% recycled materials) are both delivered to our East Yorkshire warehouse where each weight plate is hand packaged by a member of our team.

This has all been designed to reduce emissions and energy consumption, ensuring the whole process is as good for the environment as possible.

How Are They Made?

The process of making the eco-weight plates is designed to provide the highest level of quality whilst the unique Envirofacturing initiative of the company ensures that they operate in the most environmentally responsible manner possible.

DISA SAM mixer that makes the eco weight plate moulds

Our weight plates are created in a DISAMATIC Foundry with a SAM mixer. The DISA SAM Mixer is a fast, intensive mixer that is used for the production of high strength and high-quality clay bonded sand that is used for making the weight plates. This is an environment-responsible operation, with low dust and minimal loss of fines.

The Weight Plate Moulds

SAM Mixer blending the mould mix and on the conveyor to be made into a mould.

Firstly, the SAM Mixer is filled with Silica sand, clay, coal dust replacement and water, and mixed to exacting standards. The mix is then blown into the pattern chamber, where it is compressed with force around the metal pattern to form the mould of the weight plates.

Mould being made and placed onto the moulding line.

The sand moulds are then located together, and the process repeats continuously until the DISA moulding line is full. The moulds are left with a small hole in the top, and once on the DISA moulding line, they are automatically poured with molten, recycled scrap metal by the Laser Guided Metal Pouring machine.

The Weight Plates

To get that molten scrap metal, another process is running alongside this. The scrap metal is collected and stored in the warehouse. When needed, a large electro-magnet is used to collect the scrap metal and transport it to the melting chamber. Here it is deposited into the Coreless Electric Induction furnaces chamber. This has been heated to melting point, ready for the pouring machine. They run on 95% electric melting using a very high proportion of Green energy tariff.

The eco weight plate moulds being filled with molten scrap metal and then the plates being cleaned.

Once metallurgical checks have been completed, the metal is released to be poured into the DISA sand moulds, which are now ready on the moulding line. Once the sand moulds have been filled with the molten metal, they are left to solidify and cool.

The weight plates are then removed from the moulds and pass through a rotary knock-out machine which removes the sand from around the metal. The sand is then cooled and sent back to the sand mixer, where it is re-used. 95% of the sand used during these processes is recycled.

The weight plates are left to cool, deposited onto a conveyer and taken through a shot-blast to clean off any leftover sand residue. Any rough edges around the weight plates are the ground-off to leave a smooth casting. Once this process is complete, each plate is checked by highly trained quality engineers, and the latest 3D scanning capabilities provide quality assurance.

The final product coming out on the conveyor.

The Finishing Touches

Once all of the plates have been made, they are electro-painted to provide excellent coverage, corrosion resistance and substrate adhesion.

To do this, the weight plates are dipped into electrically conductive substrates, which are immersed in water-bourne paint. Once the plates are in, an electrical charge is applied to the liquid mix. This deposits the paint onto the plates and forms an even and continuous paint layer over the entire surface.

To see the full process, watch the video below:

Made In Britain

Britain from space showing where eco weight plates are made

Just because making the product, and the product itself, is eco-friendly, that does not mean the environment won't be affected. Getting them to our warehouse can negatively impact the environment as they usually come from overseas. That's why we have sourced ours in the UK and are Made in Britain approved.

Why Is This Important to Us?

Being eco-friendly is massively important to keep the planet safe. As a business, being able to make eco-friendly products is a massive step forward and opens up doors for what other eco-friendly exercise equipment we could make.

It is also important to us that our products do not lose their high quality. By sourcing local, recycled materials means that we can deliver a strong product as well as something that can help save the planet.

If being eco-friendly is important to you, make sure to keep an eye on our website for our upcoming eco-weight plates, and many more eco products.

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