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72 packs of SupaSoft Recycled Plastic bottle Insulation –
Adding to the warm atmosphere at Appleby Hub

Hub Manager Sarah Jones taking delivery of Supasoft Insulation

Since 2015 Appleby Hub, located in the former Methodist chapel on Chapel Street has been providing a community café serving homemade artisan wholefoods, a second-hand book shop, together with a great variety of community groups and classes all with a focus on creativity and well-being. With the onset of Covid_19 and the Hub unable to operate as a café and meeting place, a food and craft delivery service ‘Hub on Wheels’ was devised. Whilst working with The Fellside Flower Company to deliver bunches of flowers as they go around the area, the hub also supply their range of artisan breads and cakes to other businesses in the town, helping to keep the wheels of Appleby turning and a venture which Manager Sarah Jones is hoping will continue once the lockdown ceases.

It was earlier in the year, before Covid_19, that The Hub received the Green small business certification of which they are very proud. The certification process together with a site visit from the GSB team brought to attention the lack of effective insulation in the Hub loft area. Looking for local suppliers,  Sarah contacted Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd, based in Dacre. ERI is the brainchild of owner Christine Armstrong and best known locally for their Thermafleece range of sheep’s wool insulation however Eri also manufacture an insulation made from recycled plastic bottles; SupaSoft Insulation. A  safe to handle, safe to install, none itch insulation which Christine felt would fit in perfectly with the Hub’s Green Business credentials.

A total of 72 packs of SupaSoft,  the equivalent of 57600 waste plastic bottles not going to landfill) were delivered at the beginning of June and have now been installed by local firm Nathan Richardson Joinery, turning the loft into a SupaSoft Winter wonderland,

‘I’m so grateful to Eden Renewables.’ says Sarah, ‘Just like everybody we’ve had a difficult financial start to the year and being toasty warm and saving on heating bills this winter will be greatly appreciated.  SupaSoft is a lovely product too, so much kinder than the old-fashioned fibre glass insulation and very in keeping with our environmental values.’

Christine was originally introduced to The Hub by late friend Eddie Kay, who would use it as a meeting place to enjoy coffee with friends and says: ‘The Hub is a great example of just how a Community Interest Company can become such a central point of focus. We at ERI were pleased that we could provide a solution to another local company so in-keeping with their green credentials and helping add to the warm atmosphere for which the Hub is so well known’

Appleby Hub is owned by the Oakleatrust and run by subsidiary right2work , a CIC  (Community Interest Company)

Further information on The Hub or SupaSoft information can be found at

http://www.oakleatrust.co.uk/what-we-do/the-appleby-hub

https://www.supasoftinsulation.com/
Cumberland & Westmorland Herald


Innovative Dragons Den Series Launched by the ASBP

The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP), in collaboration with the ASBP Plastics in Construction Group, has launched an exciting new innovation pitch series.

Aimed at innovators, start-ups and manufacturers launching new product ranges, the purpose of the ‘Dragons’ Den’ style event programme is to identify innovative alternatives to conventional plastic building materials and packaging. The products can be at any stage of the innovation cycle from early development to market ready.

There are a number of events in the series, each with a focus on different product types:

  • Insulation – Thursday 18th June, 14:00-15:30
  • Single use plastics and packaging – Thursday 17th September, 11:00-12:30
  • Building services – Thursday 15th October, 11:00-12:30
  • Flooring, finishes & paints – Thursday 19th November, 11:00-12:30
  • Building elements (Walls, doors, windows, roofs) – 17th December, 11:00-12:30

Each event will feature 3 guest ‘Dragons’ as judges, who will share their expertise with the audience. They will have relevant expertise from across the sustainable development, investment and green building sectors.

The first of the Dragon’s Den Pitch events takes place on Thursday 18th June, 14:00-15:30 and is focussed on innovative insulation materials.

Invited Dragons are:

Dr John Williams: Senior Partner at Sinvestec LLC and has over 25 years’ experience in strategic technical roles in polymers and biotech in both global multi-nationals and small and medium-sized enterprises.

Jamie Page: Chief Executive at The Cancer Prevention and Education Society. Jamie will share his research on the significant health risks associated with fire retardants.

Mark Lynn:  Managing Director at Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd has over 18 years’ experience in the fields of natural insulation and timber preservation. He is passionate about making the best use of local resources, minimising waste and ensuring that sustainability, performance and quality go hand in hand.

All events in the series will be streamed live online as a webinar (Zoom) and will also be recorded for on-demand viewing. All events are free to attend. To register and for more information, please visit https://asbp.org.uk/upcomingevents.


HOME BUILDING AND RENOVATING SHOW
AT THE NEC POSTPONED TO THURSDAY 9th – 12th July

STATEMENT FROM HOME BUILDING AND RENOVATING:
The Homebuilding & Renovating Show has been postponed following Government guidelines regarding the continuation of our event surrounding the outbreak of Coronavirus.  However, as the news has been progressing we have listened to the concerns, from all parties, around the health and welfare of their staff. 

As a company we are becoming increasingly concerned for the wellbeing of our visitors, exhibitors and staff, and as this is our first priority, we have taken the extremely difficult decision to postpone The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC, until the Summer.  We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation. 

We will be in touch with all our visitors as soon as we have more information to share.


THE WAY THINGS ARE IS NOT THE WAY THEY HAVE TO BE

The 4th ASBP Healthy Buildings Conference and Expo held on Thursday 27th February at the Human Rights Action Centre, Londonencompassed the theme: ‘Healthy Buildings in a Climate Emergency’

Chair of the Event was our own Mark Lynn (Thermafleece MD and Vice Chair of the ASBP) and this years Keynote speaker were Award-winning social entrepreneur and author Sam Conniff Allende and Mary Creagh, MP for Wakefield and Chair of the Environmental Audit Select Committee.
To find out more visit https://asbp.org.uk/healthybuildings2020


PLASTICS IN CONSTRUCTION – ISSUES, IMPACTS AND ALTERNATIVES

ASBP Healthy Buildings Conference and Expo 2019 Thursday 28th Feb, London South Bank University

Leading researchers, activists and industry speakers have been announced for the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products’ third annual conference to be held on 28th February 2019 at London South Bank University.

LONDON, UK, January 2019 – Human health and planetary health are by very definition inter-related, we can’t have one without the other. Since the BBC’s Blue Planet II, the UK has woken up to the problem of plastic in the environment, with some commentators even suggesting that plastic is a greater threat to the planet than climate change. Anti-plastic has rapidly become a popular cause-celebre championed by all mainstream media. So, how should the built environment industry respond? Is the problem limited to single use packaging or are all plastic products a problem to which we must find alternatives?

Find out more about The ASBP Healthy Buildings Expo and Conference by visiting their website asbp.org.uk


SUPASOFT PART OF THE ‘TAKE BACK THE TAP’ EXHIBITION -TORONTO

Samples of SupaSoft have made their way over to Canada to become part of the  ‘Take Back the Tap’ campaign which aims to educate communities about the negative impacts of drinking from single-use plastic bottles.

In support of this , the Office of Sustainability has partnered with the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre in Toronto,  to host an exhibition highlighting the impacts single-use plastics are having on Canadian waterways, the alternatives available, and ideas re: what can be done with those plastics already in existence.

Find out more about the ‘takebackthetap’ campaign here


VISIT US ON STAND 228 AT THE HOMEBUILDING AND RENOVATING SHOW

We will be back at one of our favourite shows on November 17th and 18th.  The South West Home Building and Renovating Show is held at the Bath & West Showground, Somerset from 18th to 19th Nov and offers unlimited inspiration for whatever your building needs.

Come and see us on stand 228 where you can pick up a sample, take a factsheet or two and speak to our team of experts who will be on hand to discuss your insulation needs
We look forward to seeing you!


DO PLASTICS HAVE A ROLE IN HEALTHY BUILDINGS?

The construction industry is the second largest user of plastic, with 20% of plastic waste coming from the construction sector. With the impacts and implications of the widespread use of plastics in the built environment just beginning to be understood it is time to find out more.

The ASBP and The Green Register are kicking of a series of events to investigate this topic with an afternoon of talks in Bristol on the 1st November.

For more info visit the ASBP website


NIGHTMARE OF PLASTIC IN OCEANS WILL ONLY GET WORSE

The Prince of Wales has spoken about the ‘nightmare’ of plastic waste polluting the world’s oceans, saying he fears it will get worse. Prince Charles delivered a speech at a meeting of environmentalists and business leaders  in London to discuss the issue .

The heir to the throne spoke of his ‘deep frustration’ at the world ignoring the problem and called on companies to make changes to cut their plastic waste.

By Sarah Knapton,Science Editor The Telegraph
To read the full story click here


CIRCULAR SOLUTION TO PLASTIC WASTE

Plastic has a significant role to play in achieving a sustainable future. Global production has topped 300 million metric tons per annum, a figure expected to double in the next 20 years.
The systems for dealing with plastic waste lag significantly behind other materials, with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation reporting in January 2016 that only 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling and just 10% of that is actually recycled.


END OF THE PLASTIC RECYCLING SHAMBLES

By Daniel Martin – Policy Editor Daily Mail

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has unveiled a four-point blueprint to help make recycling easier and create nationwide standards for plastic collection.

To read the full story visit The Dail Mail


FROM WASTE TO WARMTH

Construction Materials Online January 2018

Have you ever wondered what we should do with the world’s mountain of waste single-use plastic? What about insulating your loft with it?

Click here to read the full article


VISIT US ON STAND 228 AT THE HOMEBUILDING AND RENOVATING SHOW

Our final show of 2017 is Home Building and Renovating to be held at the Bath & West Showground, Somerset from 18th to 19th Nov. The go-to exhibition for self-builders and renovators, offeringunlimited inspiration for whatever your building needs.
SupaSoft Factsheets are available to download – visit our download page for more


BEST SUSTAINABLE THERMAL INSULATION COMPANY

Cumbrian based company Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd are once again winners in Build Magazine’s 2017 Sustainable Building Awards. This time the company has won “Best Sustainable Thermal Insulation Company – UK”

As suppliers of the UK’s most comprehensive range of natural and recycled insulation, Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd offer products that uniquely combine natural and recycled fibres at their optimum proportions and density. The company is recognised throughout the UK and Beyond for both their commitment to sustainable building and an uncompromising approach to performance, quality and service.


PRINCE CHARLES AND SKY’S OCEAN RESCUE

Sky’s Ocean Rescue Campaign is ‘Educating and inspiring people to protect our oceans’

The ‘Ocean Rescue’ campaign  backed by Prince Charles is gaining momentum. Bringing awareness to millions of people across Europe the campaign ‘aims to educate and inspire people to change their behaviour and help protect our oceans.Dramatically reducing the amount of plastic waste produced every day that ends up in them’


PLASTIC POLLUTION RIVALS CLIMATE CHANGE

Experts issue shocking warning as they reveal ONE MILLION plastic bottles are sold every minute.

The number of plastic bottles sold every minute will climb by 20 per cent by 2021, with more than half a trillion bottles sold every year in just three years.
Fewer than half of these bottles are recycled and most plastics end up in the world’s oceans and are ingested by marine wildlife


THE REAL LADY IN THE VAN

SupaSoft insulation helping to keep an eco-friendly
mobile home warm and cosy.

Louise Watts wanted her unique mobile home to be as environmentally friendly as possible, but with limited space, weight restrictions and a roller shutter at the back making it difficult for the van to conserve heat, the insulation not only had to be eco friendly and able to help keep the van warm, but also be lightweight and non bulky.


SUSTAINABLE BUILDING FIRM OF THE YEAR!

Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd named as winner of the Sustainable Building Firm of the Year Award!

“Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd stands out from the thousands of potential contenders due to creative movements, a dedicated team & brilliant quality of production and service you have offered to your customers. This shows in your constant progression within this sector allowing growth within your firm and being a one to watch in the near future. ‘– Build Magazine


HEALTH BUILDINGS AND CONFERENCE EXPO

Exploring the extent to which careful product selection can have a positive influence on occupant health.

Mark Lynn, our own Managing Director will be joining a number of expert speakers throughout the conference, where they will address urgent occupant health issues such as overheating, moisture and mould, and indoor air quality. They will also explore how building products can exacerbate the problem or provide a solution.


TOP 10 – BUILDING AND FACILITIES NEWS

SupaSoft chosen as one of the top 10 exhibitors at
The Home Building and Renovating Show
.

SupaSoft,  the sustainable insulation product made from recycled plastic bottles and created by the team at Eden Renewable Innovations ltd, has been chosen as one of the Top 10 exhibitores at the Home Building and Renovating Show, london by the well-known trade magazine Building and Facilites News.