Leading Irish insulation manufacturer Kingspan has pledged to use ocean-harvested plastics as construction materials.
The company has laid out its plans to “dramatically increase” the number of recycled plastic bottles used annually, according to its half-year report.
The report states: “With the acquisition of Synthesia, Kingspan now uses over 250M recycled plastic bottles annually.
“We aim to dramatically increase that number over the next five years, and to include a large element of ‘ocean-harvested’ PET bottles. We will then recycle these inputs into world leading building fabric.”
By 2023, the firm aims to have doubled the amount of plastic bottles recycled annually to 500M, with an increase of 50M per year.
Last year, 69% of the company’s total energy use was renewable – a significant rise from just 9% in 2012.
The company has previously undertaken many renewable initiatives, providing products such as solar thermal tubes, flat plate panels, small wind turbines and hybrid power solutions.
Urging firms to ditch non-recyclable plastics, Bevan said that contractors should ditch plastic cups at water coolers, if they want to win work with the Agency.
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