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Helping contractors save money – and the planet

Helping contractors save money – and the planet

Your blogger this week has decided to consider the ‘Bigger Issue’ – as opposed to the “Big Issue” sold outside most metropolitan train stations – and how Plastic Surgeon’s repair strategy for all manner of construction products or substrates, can help building contractors slim down their operations in terms of wasted effort and waste to landfill.

For a country whose best-known exports include bacon and pastries, it might sound like an act of economic suicide that Denmark has just become the first in the world to impose a tax on fatty foods.

Any food with a saturated fat content of more than 2.3 per cent will be taxed at a rate of £1.85 per kilogram of saturated fat, which will add around 25p to a pack of butter and 8p on a bag of crisps.

The move will rekindle demands to do the same in Britain, which has far higher rates of obesity than Denmark, with David Cameron considering such a move in remarks made during the Tory party conference. We all know fat is bad for us; indeed, we know that too much salt, sugar and alcohol is bad for us – so why not impose increased taxation on them all?  Then, why stop there – let’s start protecting the planet too. At the extreme, we could impose or raise tax on everything that is bad for us/the environment – cows (methane), 4 x 4s in cities (diesel fumes); live sporting events cos of the congestion they cause – in fact, let’s just tax cars/lorries so they disappear off the roads. High heels could face a levy to prevent wearers cluttering up A&E departments, along with anything else that has a health & safety implication, what a bizarre place our world would become.

Where construction sustainability is concerned, there are many parts of the sector that could be considered ‘bad’ for our own and the planet’s health – we could, as a famous politician once said, “tax them till the pips squeak” while we’re about it, as firms tip yet more waste into landfill; and drive their diesel guzzling lorries carrying building products across our green and pleasant land; even though it will hamper the economic recovery.

As with Government energy policy, it is difficult to find the right balance between the carrot and the stick in encouraging contractors to cut waste; though here at Plastic Surgeon, we believe we have a real answer in terms of a quantifiable waste reduction strategy that also saves our clients money.

In essence rather than seeing them replaced and skipped, our Finishers repair all types of damaged items from window frames and doors, to stonework, bricks, blocks and cladding, through interior surfaces such as kitchen worktops: helping construction contractors to improve their impact on the environment. And what is more our records show that for every £1 they spend with us, our clients save £3, now that’s what you call a carrot!

And then you have the carbon footprint of the replacement to consider, the materials, the manufacturing process, the transport to site … so our repair skills offer more than double the benefits for the environmentally conscious contractor.

It’s a few years ago now but this country was very much the birthplace of self-help and social responsibility, with hugely successful public campaigns such as ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ and ‘I’m Backing Britain’, while even further back ‘Make do and mend’ was a wartime mantra.

The point we’re trying to make is that repairing rather than replacing is good for everyone involved – offering financial support and many positive environmental impacts – which is exactly what Plastic Surgeon has been doing for over twenty years: by helping contractors to become more sustainable.

Plastic Surgeon can restore almost any damaged interior or exterior surface in commercial or residential buildings. Thanks to specialist training the company’s finishers are expert in repairing and fine finishing practically any material including;


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