GreenSquareAccord has announced it is nearing completion of what it claims to be the first plastic-free homes in Europe and the UK.
It has transformed the site of a former factory car park in Redditch into 12 one bedroom apartments using plastic-free alternatives to showcase what can be achieved to reduce environmental impact.
The new homes have been built using timber panels, with each apartment featuring wooden kitchen units and aluminium window frames, wired using mineral based insulation rather than the usual plastic and solar thermal heating systems that are expected to cost lower to run.
The €1.6 million (£1.35m) project is a collaboration with Redditch Borough Council and is part of the CHARM (Circular Housing Asset Renovation & Management) partnership, made up of representatives from four European countries – the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Carl Taylor, Assistant Director of New Business at GreenSquareAccord said: “We have reimagined what it takes to build a home by removing virtually all the plastic elements from the building replacing and them with non-plastic materials. Although challenging, this project demonstrates what is possible and sets a new threshold in the sector for sustainable building.
“Our aim is for this project to influence others to embrace our approach and remove the plastic elements from their builds, helping to create a more sustainable building sector.”