The world is waking up to the need to reduce plastic use and, in its place, adopt more sustainable materials. With 91% of all plastics produced in the world not being recycled, people and corporations are now beginning to make changes to limit the plastics crisis.
Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for construction. Despite shocking figures and evidence of how harmful plastic is to people and the planet, we are still seeing a rise in the use of plastic building materials. While there are no comparable figures for Ireland, plastic waste from the UK’s construction industry is said to have increased by 45.72% in two years, writes Andrew Surtees, Copper Sustainability Partnership (CuSO).
While it is true that plastic pipes provide a cheaper alternative, there are a number of serious environmental and health problems to this solution. We need to start looking at more sustainable materials, like copper, and begin to seriously make a change in the industry.
Copper has always been the professional choice, offering a recyclable, versatile, safe and reliable alternative to multilayer composite pipes. So, what are construction professionals waiting for?
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