Helping to tackle the environmental plastic crisis, Join the Pipe will be working with the UK’s largest construction show, UK Construction Week and the UK‘s leading contemporary home show, Grand Designs Live, both taking place at the NEC Birmingham next month.
Join the Pipe will be installing their water fountains across UK Construction Week offering free tap water to their 35,000 visitors. The refill stations will be situated at every bar in the show as well as Join the Pipe’s stand (stand number H200 in Hall 12) offering visitors the opportunity to refill bottles with water for free. The first thousand visitors to attend one of the three CPD hubs on each day of the event, will also receive free reusable UKCW water bottles designed by Join the Pipe.
Every Join the Pipe water fountain installed in Europe directly contributes to a Blue Pump being installed at a school or village in a developing country to provide clean drinking water. The initiative at UK Construction Week will raise funds for a scheme in Nairobi aimed at providing clean drinking water in under-developed urban areas of the Kenyan capital. For every Join the Pipe bottle sold, a bottle is also donated to a child in need, enabling them to transport and drink clean water.
Join the Pipe will also be installing a water fountain in the Central Bar at Grand Designs Live to provide its visitors with an easy, convenient place to fill up their bottles with tap water. The show is making conscious efforts to ban single-use plastic by stopping the sale of plastic bottles from all in-show catering points along with the distribution of plastic straws. Plastic cutlery and the show’s goody bags will be replaced with biodegradable alternatives.
Andrew Eversden, Managing Director of Join the Pipe, will also take part in the panel discussion ‘Plastic Surgery’ at the show’s Grand Theatre. Andrew will join Grand Design’s Kevin McCloud and a panel of eco-experts to discuss how we can reverse the vicious cycle of plastic use and pollution by designing eco-conscious homes and infrastructure. The discussion will feature other design pioneers who combine their passion for innovation and inspirational design with care for our planet.
Andrew Eversden, Managing Director of Join the Pipe comments: “We are thrilled to be working with Media 1 across UKCW and Grand Designs Live. At Join the Pipe our ethos is to raise awareness of the impact of single-use plastic, so the opportunity to help both shows further their initiatives to tackle the problem is very exciting. We will be providing visitors with free water at our refill stations to make it easy and convenient for people to fill up their bottles and drink tap water while at the show. Through the process and our charitable foundation, UKCW will also be contributing to a water project in a developing country.
I am very much looking forward to joining the ‘Plastic Surgery’ panel of industry experts at Grand Designs Live to discuss the effects of plastic pollution on the environment. For Join the Pipe, education on the impact of single-use plastic is vital in taking steps to combat the pollution problem so being able to bring the audience of professionals and visitors alike some simple steps that can be taken to change this is fantastic.”
Visit the Join the Pipe refill stations at UK Construction Week, taking place from 9-11 October, and Grand Designs Live from 10-15 October at the NEC, Birmingham.