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Social enterprise makes long bench from 120,000 recycled drinks bottles

An Ipswich-based social enterprise that makes outdoor furniture from recycled materials has made a 115 feet long bench from 120,000 used drinks bottles.

Realise Futures’s eco furniture division made the bench for a special needs school in Berkshire so that children have somewhere to wait under cover until they are picked up at the end of the school day, the East Anglian Daily Times reports.

The business makes a range of outdoor furniture including play structures and brightly coloured items at its factory in Ipswich.

Realise Futures operates across East Anglia with several divisions aiming to, “help people find the right job for them, promote choice and independence for people with disabilities and disadvantages in the workplace and provide activities and training enabling people to realise their potential in a work environment”.

Besides furniture it is involved in horticulture, catering and careers advice.