British Xylonite Collection

The British Xylonite Company were an early plastics manufacture who were based in Haled End, Walthamstow from 1900. The produced a range of plastic products including hairbrushes, combs, boxes, mirrors, cutlery, ping ping balls and toothbrushes. These products were previously produced from ivory or tortoiseshell so they marketed the materials as a more ethical alternative. Their products were sold under the name Halex, BX Plastics or BEX.

Vestry House Museum holds a variety of Halex materials including early plastic products, company magazines and packaging, a selection of Halex products can be seen below.