How can a construction company reduce marine pollution?

Mace is an international consultancy and construction business shaping the cities and communities of the future. Mace is proud to champion responsible business behaviours and through their ‘Time to Act’ campaign, Mace is working hard to reduce the significant plastic problem in the construction sector.

The plastic problem

Plastic has thousands of uses, its versatility and virtual indestructibility is practically unmatched by most other materials. However, it is thought more than five trillion pieces of plastic are in the world’s oceans, and its indestructibility means it can take years for it to break down. Approximately 32% of the world’s plastic waste ends up in the ocean and if nothing is done by 2050 pieces of plastic in the ocean will outweigh the number of fish. Yeah, really.

Leading the way

Because construction is the second highest user of plastics after the packaging sector, Mace wants to lead change across their industry by reducing the 3,000 tonnes of plastic waste it generates each year. Sheeting, cable ties, packaging, paint tubs, and office supplies are just some of the products that they throw away every day, and much of it has only been used once before it is binned. However, they have reduced their single-use plastics by 20% on their sites and corporately by over 80%.

Time to Act

To achieve such amazing results Mace launched a plastic reduction campaign titled ‘Time to Act’, aiming to promote change across the industry. The campaign delivers informative posters and slideshows to the Mace workforce demonstrating the environmental risks associated with single-use plastics in order to promote education and encourage the preservation of the environment. They have even introduced reusable Mace-branded ‘KeepCups’, to tackle the 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups thrown away in the UK every year.

 

This story shows how Mace Group supports Goal 14: Life Below Water, specifically Target 14.1: “By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, particularly from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution.”

About Mace Group

Founded in 1990, Mace is an international consultancy and construction company, founded and built on exceptional people, a commitment to service excellence and an entrepreneurial spirit.

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