Policy Review to Minimise the Use of Plastic Products

At Berkeley Homes we have a protection policy which covers all stages of the build process. Unfortunately our protection policy consists of mainly plastic products.

Since the photos of plastic gathering in the Pacific Ocean became publicised, we have taken it upon ourselves to review the protection policy along with our suppliers to minimise the use of plastic products. On site, we investigated the use of Correx floor coverings, and we found that we had two options: we could either have any waste Correx recycled, or we could use another material altogether to protect flooring and other surfaces. We decided to use a different material entirely (cardboard), as we would rather reduce the demand for plastic.

Since we started in March 2019, we have calculated that by March 2020, the Holborough Lakes project will have saved using an area of plastic that would cover the island of Tokelau in the South Pacific Ocean.

This is a great achievement and we are now working with other departments in the business to minimise the use of plastic across all our sites. Our buying department have been communicating with suppliers to try and prevent any products we purchase from being individually wrapped in plastic packaging. If this is successful we calculate we could save the use of plastic that would cover the area of San Marino three times!

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