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Bigger, better and greener than ever, Grand Designs Live raises plastic pollution awareness and shows you how to build more sustainable homes

plastic lighting - one of kevin mccloud's green heroes at grand designs live birmingham in October 2017

Image: Aaron Scott Richards, Grand Designs Live

The award-winning Grand Designs Live hosted by Kevin McCloud is back, bigger, better and greener than ever as show organisers place a ban on all single-use plastic at the event. Since this year's London show, the Grand Designs Live team will roll out their plastic free campaign in a bid to raise awareness about plastic pollution, encouraging visitors to make simple and sustainable lifestyle choices.    

Alongside plastic cutlery, straws and bottles off-limits, the campaign also aims to provide environmentally conscious self-builders with advice on how to construct an eco-friendly project.

If you're looking to lower your home's carbon footprint or you're undecided on which green products to use for your renovation project, here's the top five must-see eco-friendly attractions at Grand Designs Live. 

Learn how to embrace eco-ethos

plastic bottles

Image: Pexels, Mali Maeder

Grand Designs Live will continue with their initiative to reduce the usage of single-use plastic at the show. Following suit from its London instalment by banning plastics bottles, straws and cutlery; replacing them with biodegradable alternatives, aiming to turn the tide on plastic pollution.

Visitors will be encouraged to use refillable bottles and water points at the show’s cafes.

See Kevin McCloud's Green Heroes in action

grand designs live kevin mcclouds green heroes

Image: Theo Cohen, Grand Designs Live

Handpicked by Kevin himself Kevin’s Green Heroes will make their debut to the show with live demonstrations of their products, giving you the chance to see the very best eco-innovations come to life.

You will also get the chance to see some returning heroes who will be doing demonstrations of their products with Lucentia Design, Bamboo Bicycle Club and more companies to be confirmed. 

Feast your eyes on Stella Corall's sustainable art installation 

stella corall sustainable art installation grand designs live london excel

Image: Grand Designs Live

Creative Artist, Stella Corall, will showcase her sustainable art installation in the Central Bar at Grand Designs Live this October. Using an array of recycled bottle tops and straws, Stella will reuse waste from the NEC which otherwise would have been tossed into landfill.

Let's talk about Plastic Surgery

green recycling bin filled with plastic bottles

Image: Friends of the Earth

Head down to the show at 12pm on Wednesday 10th October when Kevin McCloud will be joined by Friends of the Earth and a panel of eco-friendly guests as they discuss how to reduce plastic pollution with Plastic Surgery.

Get expert advice on building an eco-friendly and sustainable home

customers sitting at a table talking to an expert at the ask the experts section in grand designs live london

Image: Alistair Veryard

An opportunity not to be missed, booking an appointment with an eco-expert is a fantastic chance to discuss your own grand design in a free 30-minute consultation. Make sure you bring your plans, drawings and budgets to get the most out of your session. 


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For more self build advice and up to the minute inspiration, make sure you book your tickets to Grand Designs Live Birmingham


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