Helping to tackle the environmental plastic crisis, Join the Pipe, a social network of tap water drinkers, will be working with Media 10 events UK Construction Week and Grand Designs Live, both taking place at the NEC in October.
Join the Pipe will be installing water fountains across UK Construction Week offering free tap water to the show’s 35,000 visitors. The refill stations will be situated at every bar as well as Join the Pipe’s stand offering visitors the opportunity to refill bottles with water for free. The first 1,000 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.
“Nathan Garnett, UKCW event director, commented: “Awareness of the terrible impact of our throwaway attitude to plastic has been rising ever since the Blue Planet programme earlier in the year. A staggering 13 billion plastic bottles are used each year in the UK, and 5.5 billion of those end up in landfill, litter or incinerators1. We do not want our event to add to that appalling waste.
“That’s what makes this such a great idea. Our visitors can stay hydrated with free water and a stylish reusable bottle, and we can help to reduce the growing amount of plastic waste we put into our environment while also helping children who have desperate need of clean water. Everyone’s a winner.”
Andrew Eversden, managing director of Join the Pipe, will also take part in the panel discussion ‘Plastic Surgery’ at the show’s Grand Theatre. Eversden 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.
Eversden added: “We are thrilled to be working with Media 10 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.”
UK Construction Week takes place on 9-11 October, Grand Designs Live on 10-14 October, both at the NEC.