ERI working on EU-funded BIO-CIRC research project
26th October 2020.
We are delighted to be working with partners from both sides of the Channel on an exciting EU-funded research project called BIO-CIRC (Bio and Circular Insulation for Resourceful Construction).
The project has been awarded by the Interreg VA France (Channel) England programme, which is co-financed by the ERDF. The European Union (ERDF) will fund 80% of the project budget, which amounts to about €500,000 overall (€399,600 from ERDF).
- Nomadéis (lead partner)
- The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP)
- Eden Renewable Innovations
- Back to Earth
Over the next 2 years (July 2020-June 2022), the BIO-CIRC partners will:
- · Investigate the waste bedding sector and the potential reuse of a problematic waste source – polyester duvets, a waste product currently with poor recycling rates and sanitary issues.
- · Examine the sanitisation and re-fiberisation process for polyester duvets, with the aim of creating a feedstock for novel insulation materials.
- · Design and develop 3 prototype insulation products made from waste polyester fibres combined with natural fibres – sheep’s wool and hemp.
- · Test and deploy the 3 prototypes on pilot sites to assess their energy and environmental performances.
- · Network and engage with key stakeholders such as the ASBP’s Natural Fibre Insulation Group and Plastics in Construction Group, to gather intelligence and help create a business case for the development of natural and recycled fibre insulation (NRFI) materials.
- · Undertake market intelligence of the insulation market to identify key markets and opportunities for growth for NRFI.
- · Review the air quality and health & well-being benefits of NRFI.
- · Disseminate the project findings and raise awareness of the benefits of NRFI amongst our diverse networks of construction professionals.
Keep up to date with the latest project news by visiting the project webpage – https://asbp.org.uk/bio-circ.
About the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England programme
The INTERREG VA France (Channel) England programme is a Cross Border European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) Programme which aims at supporting the development of the France (Channel) England area in line with the goals of the 2020 Europe strategy to create jobs and smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
In order to select and fund projects that can contribute to these goals, the Interreg VA France (Channel) England programme is structured around 3 priorities, which are themselves split into 5 specific objectives.
The BIO-CIRC project lies within Priority 2: Support the transition towards a low-carbon economy in the France (Channel) England Area within Specific Objective 2.1: Increase the development and uptake of existing or new low-carbon technologies in sectors that have the highest potential for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
The BIO-CIRC project builds upon the work of the Sustainable Bio & Waste Resources for Construction (SB&WRC) project, funded by the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England programme, of which Nomadeis (lead partner) and ASBP were key partners in.
72 packs of SupaSoft Recycled Plastic bottle Insulation –
Adding to the warm atmosphere at Appleby Hub
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
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, London, encompassed 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.
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?
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.
Of the Award, Build Magazine say ‘The 2017 Sustainable Building Awards celebrate the trailblazers of this dynamic industry. What started out as a niche sector, is now one of the key contributors to the wider construction industry.
These awards are designed to recognise the high-level of dedication and skill that has been displayed by the innovative firms and individuals of this remarkable industry.”
Eden Renewable’s flagship brand Thermafleece is now in its 15th year and has been expanded to include British hemp as well as British wool which it is best known for. As well as this, the company is leading the way in developing the market for insulation made from recycled materials such as newspaper and plastic bottles. With the re-launch of its recycled polyester insulation in September and the continued growth of its Thermofloc cellulose insulation brand, the company sees great potential in this area.
Of the award, Managing Director Mark Lynn “This award helps assure us that we are on the right track. The need for natural and recycled insulation will continue to grow as more and more people discover the options available to them and the many benefits they bring”.
For more information on Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd range of both natural and recycled insulation visit the website www.thermafleece.com Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01768 486285
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’
Thursday 5th October marked the start of the EU ‘Our Ocean Conference’ in Malta. The aim of the conference is to bring together world leaders to look forward and respond to the issue of ocean health through collaboration and high-level commitments.
Sky Ocean Rescue has already engaged with over 6 million people and seen ‘Plasticus’ – a 10 metre whale made from the same amount of plastic that enters the ocean every second – tour the UK.
In an interview with Sky News, Longtime environmentalist The Prince of Waes has given his backing to the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign, describing the build-up of plastic waste in our oceans as “one of the most troubling environmental trends”.
He went on to say “Eighty percent of it is coming from the land as everyday products such as plastic bags, straws and bottles as they travel along rivers to the sea and then finish up being spread right around the world to end up even on the most remote stretches of oceans, farthest-flung beaches on Earth and the deepest parts of the ocean.”
Talking about the impact that plastic waste is having on marine species, the Prince said: “Some of that plastic is being swallowed by sea birds, by whales, dolphins, seals and other creatures to the point today where plastic waste is estimated to be in the guts of about half of all marine mammals.”
He continued: “I also find it sobering to think that almost all the plastic ever produced is still here somewhere, on the planet in one form or another, and will remain here for centuries to come – possibly thousands of years.”
Next week, two of the Prince’s charities – the International Sustainability Unit and Business in the Community – will hold meetings in London with a number of high-profile businesses to look at how companies can help reduce the amount of plastic in the supply chain, and come up with creative solutions to make sure less ends up in our oceans and waterways.
More information about the campaign can be found on The official website for the campaign https://skyoceanrescue.com/
To see the Prince Charles Interview visit: http://news.sky.com/story/prince-charles-throws-support-behind-sky-ocean-rescue-campaign-10740665
To see Sir David Attenborough’s heartbreaking interview about plastic impace on albatross click here
As part of our commitment to sustainability and protecting the environment our SupaSoft Insulation is made up of 95% polyester fibres made from recycled plastic bottles helping protect the environment and keeping you warm, cosy and safe. At Eden Renewable Innovations we focus on creating the best outcomes for both people and the environment, caring for the future of the planet and the future of your children’s children.
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
Scientists said if each bottle was placed end to end, the resulting plastic tower would reach halfway to the sun.
Hugo Tagholm, from the marine conservation and campaigning group Surfers Against Sewage, told The Guardian that the statistics were ‘devastating’.‘The plastic pollution crisis rivals the threat of climate change as it pollutes every natural system and an increasing number of organisms on planet Earth,’ he said.
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.
The solution was found in using SupaSoft, with its’ recycled content of over 95%, and made almost entirely from recycled plastic bottles it fit the environmental bill perfectly, whilst the crimped polyester fibres provide loft and maintain durability which ticked the weight and lack of bulk boxes. With the warmth and comfort provided by polyester fibres widely used to fill duvets and pillows it also meant that the insulation would help to keep the van warm and cosy even in the coldest of weathers.
To find out more about SupaSoft – Itch-free insulation made from recycled plastic bottles visit http://www.supasoftinsulation.com
To read the full story on The Real Lady in The Van: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4533664/Couple-transform-van-eco-friendly-mobile-home.html#ixzz4ieavIRBm
Insulation advice and SupasSft supplied by Insulation Superstore https://www.insulationsuperstore.co.uk
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
Speaking of the award, Mark Lynn Managing Director said “Sustainability and well-being are at the heart of our business and our proposition. The team are delighted with the award. Winning sustainable building firm of the year helps make the effort worth-while”.
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.
A Board Member of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products (ASBP) Mark has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of natural building materials and is one of the UK’s leading experts on sustainable insulation.
So join him during Session 3 at 2pm – Problem Solving with Healthy Products, which will be chaired by Tom Woolley of Rachel Bevan Architects, Mark will specifically be speaking about Formaldehyde absorption in buildings and the health issues caused.
Joining Mark on the panel will be Andrew Mitchell, from Natural Building Technologies speaking on Moisture control in buildings and Niall Crosson, Ecological Building Systems, speaking on Airtightness and Indoor Air Quality
“The ASBP is showing real leadership in helping to tackle some of the less understood challenges we face in the built environment. Their conference and expo is a great step forward and we look forward to participating with anticipation” says Mark.
The Healthy Buildings Conference is particularly aimed at architects, designers and product specifiers, but is highly relevant to building clients, policy makers and product suppliers. The event should also appeal to anyone with an interest in the relationship between buildings and human health.
Read ‘The Health and Wellbeing of Natural insulation Products and Systems in Structural Timber Magazine – https://issuu.com/radarcommunications/docs/structural_timber_magazine_-_winter
For more information on the conference visit the website at:
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.
The product which utilises the warmth and comfort provided by polyester fibres widely used to fill jackets, duvets and pillows, to produce long lasting and safe insulation throughout the home.
SupaSoft has a recycled content of over 95%, and is made almost entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Crimped polyester fibres provide loft and maintain durability ensuring the insulation lasts the life of the building in which it is installed.
Completely safe to handle, itch free, insulation, SupaSoft offers a real cost effective alternative to glass or other mineral insulation.
Managing Director of Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd, Mark Lynn said of the award:
“We are delighted to be recognised as one of the top exhibitors at the recent Home Building and Renovating Show in London. SupaSoft is a great product and our team worked hard to make the stand as eye catching and engaging as possible”.