PLASTICS IN CONSTRUCTION
Our own Mark Lynn, MD of Eden Renewables and Vice Chair of ASBP was Chair of Sessions 2 and 3 at the ASBP Healthy Buildings 2019 conference – Plastics in Construction, Issues, Impacts and Alternatives held in London on the 28th Feb.
One of the main speakers at the event was Emily Penn – eXXpedition founder, Parley for the Oceans and Sky Ocean Rescue Ambassador. Presentations from all speakers are available to download at the ASBP website: https://asbp.org.uk/presentations/healthy-buildings-2019-presentations
SUPASOFT PROUD TO HAVE PLAYED A PART IN BOWMAN’S LEA
– OVERALL WINNER OF ASBP AWARDS 2019
The winners of the inaugural ASBP Awards were announced at the ASBP’s Healthy Buildings Conference and Expo which took place on 28th February
The awards focus on 6 elements which the ASBP believe underpin the sustainability of construction projects – The ‘Six Pillars of Sustainable Construction’: Health and Wellbeing; Resource efficiency, Whole-life Carbon; Ethics and Transparency; Technical performance and Social Value.
OVERALL WINNER AND THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Bowman’s Lea Harry Paticas, Arboreal Architecture
To find out more about this year’s winning projects or how you can enter for next year’s awards visit the ASBP website https://asbp.org.uk/
SUPASOFT NOW AVAILABLE IN IRELAND
SupaSoft Insulation is now available to buy in Ireland from Roundtower Lime, Innishannon, delivering a complete solution for conservation construction. Visit their website at www.roundtowerlime.com or call on IRL: +353 (0) 21 477 6677
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”.