8 Ways to Use Less Plastic in Your Build Project

a hemp-based eco house with minimal plastic used
(Image credit: Oskar Proctor for Practice Architecture)

When it comes to building an eco home, even the most energy efficient and sustainable builds may use some materials as standard that aren’t considered eco-friendly. The use of plastic materials in homes is widespread, because these materials are convenient and affordable.

While some may argue for the environmental benefits of using plastics if it’s effectively reducing energy consumption and used in ways that will last a long time, there are a few key concerns about using these materials in home construction. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title Livingetc.com and former digital editor of homebuilding.co.uk. He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.