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Grand Designs Live ban single use plastic at May show

Helping to tackle the environmental plastic crisis, Grand Designs Live has launched a new initiative to reduce the usage of single use plastics at the show taking place from 5 – 13 May at London ExCel.

The show has prohibited the sale of plastic bottles from all in-show catering points along with the distribution of plastic straws. Plastic cutlery and show goody bags have been replaced with biodegradable alternatives. Visitors to the show will be encouraged to use refillable bottles and water points at the show’s cafes.

Specialising in bespoke artwork for public environments, Creative Artist, Stella Corrall will be producing an art installation in the show’s Central Bar. Made from recycled bottle tops and straws, she will use recycled waste from London ExCel, which would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.

Grand Designs Live will be working with their official charity partner, Friends of The Earth, who will be providing refillable bottles for visitors to use throughout the show and contributing to content in The Grand Theatre.

Craig Bennett, Friend of The Earth Chief Executive, said: “Plastic pollution is choking our oceans and destroying our wildlife, so getting rid of unnecessary, throw-away plastic items like cutlery and coffee cups is an important first step. Innovative design can play a huge part in creating alternative solutions that work for people and the environment, which is why we’re excited to be partnering with Grand Designs Live.”

In the popular Grand Theatre visitors will have the chance to listen to informative seminars on this topic from a host of industry experts. On Wednesday 9th May, Kevin McCloud will chair a panel as they discuss Plastic Surgery – reducing plastic pollution. Visitors will be able to hear about the negative impact plastic has on the environment and what we should be doing to reverse the vicious cycle. Kevin will be joined by Craig Bennett from Friends of The Earth, James Shaw of James Shaw Design, Vanessa Yuan of EcoBirdy, and Adam Fairweather of Smile Plastics who will discuss how we can design our homes without damaging the planet, while discovering some of the design pioneers who combine their passion for innovation and inspirational design with care for the Earth.

On Friday 11th May, Friends of The Earth will be discussing and offering advice on how to Detox the Air in Your Home while on Saturday, 12th May they will join Kevin as he hosts a panel discussion surrounding Sourcing Sustainably.

These are not the only eco-conscious steps that Grand Design Live will be making this May. Kevin McCloud’s popular Green Heroes will make a welcomed return and for the first-time live demonstrations of the products will give visitors the chance to see the very best eco-innovations come to life as they watch the craftmanship that goes into creating the products and interact with the designers and manufacturers behind the brands.

This May’s edition of Grand Designs Live is set to be one of the most exciting, engaging and informative to date with plenty of advice surrounding the environment and eco-living. For more information visit

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