Copper Sustainability Partnership launched

A new nationwide association for the construction and plumbing industry has been launched to champion the environmental benefits of using copper in built environments.

The Copper Sustainability Partnership (CuSP) has been founded by Lawton Tubes and Mueller Europe in response to the growing demand for sustainability and longevity within the sector.

Working alongside organisations such as the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products, CuSP said it was “taking a stand against the inaccuracies of the plastics greenwash, to improve the quality of construction and plumbing materials used”.

Mark Millerchip, co-founder of CuSP and managing director at Mueller Europe, said: “It’s critical we use materials which can meet our needs without depleting our natural resources or causing damage to our environment or health. Most people would avoid using disposable plastics like straws, bags or bottles, yet few question the environmental impact of the materials used to build their homes.

“Copper can be used, reused, and recycled infinitely, without the loss of its properties and provides a fantastic alternative to disposable plastic pipe.”

Oliver Lawton, co-founder of CuSP and managing director, commercial at Lawton Tubes, added: “Mark and I have long known each other as competitors, yet we both kept hearing the same thing; an industry calling out for more sustainable materials.

“The environmental impact of products is becoming more important than ever before with builders, plumbers and specifiers seeking better materials. That’s why we felt it was important to join forces as an industry to highlight copper’s green credentials and dispel un-truths told by the plastics industry.”

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