Free Delivery over £500

Handmade to order in the UK

World first truly eco-friendly beanbag

Free Delivery over £500

Handmade to order in the UK

World first truly eco-friendly beanbag

Free Delivery over £500

Handmade to order in the UK

Our current lead time on manufactured products is 2 weeks from date of order. Refills are dispatch within 2-3 business days

 

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What are The Big Beanbag Company products made from?

Our products are filled with BioFoam®, an eco-friendly alternative to polystyrene, surrounded by soft yet durable cotton and held together with robust recycled plastic thread. The end result is a wonderfully comfortable, lightweight and versatile range of products that bring a little bit of style and comfort to your home, without harming the environment.

What is BioFoam®?

BioFoam® is a plant-based alternative to expanded polystyrene. It looks similar, but is made from vegetable materials rather than petroleum based plastic. This means that it is derived from a renewable resource, has an organic base and is biodegradable.

Why is this better than traditional beanbag fillings?

Most beanbags are filled with polystyrene (referred to as EPS: expanded polystyrene, or styrofoam). This is a petroleum-based plastic created through a chemical process. The harmful effects of polystyrene on people’s health and the environment are well documented: from health issues to environmental impact and pollution from the polystyrene itself as well as from the manufacturing process.

Polystyrene is a non-renewable resource and once created, it can last for hundreds of years. As a non-biodegradable substance, it is very difficult to recycle or repurpose. It is commonly disposed of through landfill, where it breaks down into tiny particles. It is also a major contributor to plastic pollution in our marine environments, where it can enter the food chain, harming wildlife and ultimately being consumed. 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enters our oceans every year.

At The Big Beanbag Company, we are committed to never using EPS in our products, our manufacturing and supply chain or our working environment.

Is BioFoam® production carbon neutral?

BioFoam® has a one of the lowest CO2 production levels of comparable materials, and our manufacturer is currently finalising the certification of the world’s first particle foam to receive a Carbon Neutrality verification in compliance with the PAS 2060 standard.

Our products are handmade in Cornwall and we take every step we can to ensure our products have a minimal effect on the environment.

 

Can BioFoam® be reused?

BioFoam® can be reused multiple times without loss of quality or any reduction in the properties that make it so useful. It’s a perfect filling for our bean bags, as it is lightweight and keeps its shape, it provides great insulation and shock absorption, is hygienic and durable. It can also be reshaped and moulded, and is on track to become an eco-friendly alternative to polystyrene packaging.

Our products are handmade in Cornwall and we take every step we can to ensure our products have a minimal effect on the environment.

Polystyrene is a non-renewable resource and once created, it can last for hundreds of years. As a non-biodegradable substance, it is very difficult to recycle or repurpose. It is commonly disposed of through landfill, where it breaks down into tiny particles. It is also a major contributor to plastic pollution in our marine environments, where it can enter the food chain, harming wildlife and ultimately being consumed. 8 million tonnes of plastic waste enters our oceans every year.

At The Big Beanbag Company, we are committed to never using EPS in our products, our manufacturing and supply chain or our working environment.

How do I compost the BioFoam® filling in my bean bag?

BioFoam® is biodegradable and can be composted through an industrial composting process or through a hot composter. Hot composters are becoming increasingly popular for domestic use, as they don’t take up much space and are a great alternative to plastic waste bins or open cold compost bins that create odour while attracting flies and vermin.

What is a hot composter?

A hot composter is an insulated container that retains the heat generated by composting materials, speeding up the composting process. It has several advantages to traditional (cold) composting methods as compost decomposes all year round, it is odour free and the use of a container means there’s no risk of wildlife being attracted to the decomposing materials. Hot composters generally take less space than traditional compost bins, and harmful bacteria or fungi are killed off by the heat generated.

A hot composter produces nutrient-rich compost from food and garden waste all year round, in a fraction of the time, making it a really great alternative to sending waste to landfill or collecting domestic waste in plastic bins that create odour while attracting flies and vermin.

For more information we recommend visiting https://www.hotbincomposting.com/

Is BioFoam® child and pet friendly?

BioFoam® itself is a child and pet friendly substance. If ingested, BioFoam® is harmless as it is an organically derived product. In addition, our products have two lockable safety zips. This prevents a child from accessing the harmless filling, while allowing you to remove the outer cover for cleaning.

Does BioFoam® meet fire safety standards?

Our products meet all applicable British safety standards, including fire safety. We are tested to BS 7176:2007 Low Hazard standard for domestic household use. Our outer cover fabrics are all made from natural cotton and tested to cover schedule 4 cigarette test, with a tested schedule 3 barrier interliner. Our BioFoam® itself has been tested to schedule 2 for non-foam fillings and fibres.

To make our products to a higher standard as possible they are also tested to BS 5852:2006, Section 11 for non-domestic environments. This test covers all composites used on all our products. For structure and durability our bean products have been tested to EN 16139 Test level 1 for general non-domestic environments.

How do you minimise the impact of your products on the environment?

We are determined to keep the environmental impact of our products to a minimum. We are environmentally ethical in all areas of production, with processes that use the least amount of energy and create minimal waste. This includes the materials we use and our manufacturing process, as well as our approach to how we run our business.

The materials in our products can be reused, recycled or disposed of in an environmentally friendly way. We’re always keen to help our customers with this – for example, if a customer wants a new cover for one of our products, they can return the old one to us (we’ll repurpose and reuse the fabric) and we’ll give them a discount on a new cover.

We are always looking for new ways to improve what we do, and we’re keen to hear from companies or potential partners who have the same approach and want to work with us to do more for the environment.

Email us at [email protected]

What about your supply chain?

We work with suppliers who take their environmental impact as seriously as we do. BioFoam® is produced through a manufacturing process that is CO2 neutral and has the lowest CO2 production level of any comparable material, and their distribution process is carbon neutral.

Other raw materials are sourced from companies who are committed to reducing their carbon footprint. We have used U.K. textile mills where possible to reduce our carbon foot print even further whilst supporting U.K. industries.

Where are The Big Beanbag Company products made?

Our products are handmade to order in Cornwall. We pride ourselves with care and attention to detail that you’d expect from a company committed to creating luxury products that provide comfort and style without damaging the environment.

Is the fabric you use eco-friendly?

The fabrics used in our products are high quality cotton, and sourced in the U.K. This is a better environmental choice to traditional bean bag fabrics, which often contain viscose or polyester. The cotton we choose is hard wearing – it’s been thoroughly tested to make sure that it stands up to life as a bean bag, and our customers appreciate that cotton is a more sustainable choice and less damaging than other man-made alternatives.

Why are you using cotton? Are there better alternatives?

We have looked into a wide variety of fabric options. Our eco-friendly considerations always take first priority and we’ve also looked at the need for durability, look and feel. We researched the option of using organic cotton, but our testing processes found that it wouldn’t be durable enough for our products, and customers would have needed replacements far sooner than with our cotton fabric choice. We felt this wasn’t a good solution from an environmental perspective.

Throughout our research, cotton has stood out as the best alternative to the polyester-based fabrics that are currently available and widely used in bean bags. In the long term, we hope that there will an environmentally friendly fabric that will replace cotton and we’re committed to sourcing and using alternatives in the future, as soon as these options become viable choices for our products.

Where does your recycled plastic thread come from?

We’re delighted to be able to use thread made from recycled plastic bottles. Thankfully, people now recognise the need to reduce the use of single-use plastic. Until we reach a point where this stops completely, finding ways to keep this plastic waste away from landfill and from our marine environments is essential to protect our planet.

The thread we use is created through a specialised process created by one of the world’s largest thread supplier, Gütermann. Based in Germany, Gütermann is at the cutting edge of this complex process, and they create a thread that is durable, strong and lightweight. It’s a great eco-friendly to the alternative threads commonly used in product manufacturing.

Does BioFoam® last or do your beanbags need refilling over time?

BioFoam® has many great properties, one of which is durability, so the need for top-ups will be low. However, we know that you’re going to spend a lot of time using your bean bag, so if you do need to top up the filling, we can provide you with a refill tube to use at home.

What else do you do to minimise your environmental impact as a business?

We have looked at every aspect of our business to make sure that our operations and processes are eco-friendly. We know that as a business and as individuals, we can make a difference. We are always looking for new ways to improve what we do, and we’re keen to hear from companies or potential partners who have the same approach and want to work with us to do more for the environment.

If you feel you can help with our business going forward and want to get in touch, please email us at [email protected] – we’d love to hear from you.

What chemicals are used in the fire retardant barrier interliner?

There are no chemicals used on the outer bag. It is important to us that no chemicals come in contact with the skin.

The only chemicals used on our product are on the fire retardant barrier interline which by law we have to use according to health and safety standards. The chemicals used on the inner bag as given to us by our suppliers are as follows:

“Composition/Data on Components: Chemical Characterisation: Flame retardant based on inorganic phosphorous and nitrogen compoundsHazard Identification: None”

What countries to you ship to?

Currently, we are able to supply to the UK, Europe, United States of America & Canada.

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