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Designer Contracts and supplier take top industry sustainability award

DESIGNER Contracts has scooped a top industry prize for sustainability in a prestigious industry partnership awards scheme.

Along with Texfelt, a manufacturer of eco-engineered PU foam replacements, Designer Contracts – the UK’s largest flooring contractor – took the Partners in Sustainability category title in the PFM Partnership Awards 2021.

The announcement was made at an awards ceremony at The Brewery on Chiswell Street in London, on 3 November where more than 500 industry professionals gathered for the facilities management event of the year.

Said Louise Walters, commercial director at Designer Contracts: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to have won this award which underlines our commitment to environmental and sustainability issues.’

Designer Contracts and Texfelt have an exclusive arrangement to sell a unique, fully recyclable underlay made from single use plastic bottles to the new build sector. To date Designer Contracts has diverted more than 750,000 bottles from the environment through sales of Texfelt’s SpringBond underlay.

SpringBond has the potential to save the equivalent of 1,000 500ml PET plastic bottles from polluting the oceans and environment if used throughout an average three-bedroom house.

Judges said the partnership had proved extremely effective in having a highly positive effective on the environment through the reduction of plastic waste by re-purposing it.

Said Louise: ‘The award is a testament to the success of our partnership with Texfelt – and the efforts of the team at Designer Contracts in rolling out Springbond to the new build sector where home buyers are becoming increasingly aware of their impact on the environment.’

Long committed to environmental initiatives, Designer Contracts has won Carpet Recycling UK’s ‘Take Back’ award four times for a carpet recycling initiative that has diverted over 250 tonnes of carpet waste each year from landfill. The privately owned company has 15 regional offices around mainland UK supplying floorcoverings to housing developers, housing associations, the educational and public building sectors.

Managing director, Peter Kelsey, was himself was honoured in September with an Outstanding Achievement in the Flooring Industry award. It was made at the CFJ/CFA awards 2021 awards ceremony where he was described as a ‘giant of the UK flooring industry’.

Texfelt is a family-run business, based in Bradford, with a 160 year history of working in the textiles industry. Today it upcycles fibres derived from single use plastics and textiles, to create products for the home that can be fully recycled. SpringBond is manufactured using Texfelt’s Kytech manufacturing process, serving the flooring, furniture, and bedding markets.

To date it has saved some 18m plastic bottles from going into the oceans and polluting the environment.

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