CUSP – Copper Sustainability Partnership

The Copper Sustainability Partnership (CuSP) is a nationwide association founded in response to the growing demand for sustainability and longevity within the construction and plumbing industry.

About CUSP

CuSP is taking a stand against the inaccuracies of the plastics greenwash, to improve the quality of construction and plumbing materials used within built environments. CuSP supports the industry’s aim of making UK plumbing production exclusively sourced from recycled materials, further capitalising on copper’s infinite recyclability.

Aims and mission

  • Promote benefits of copper in the built environment
  • Challenge inaccuracies regarding recycling of plastics
  • Explore ways to improve sustainability of copper pipes
  • Engage with plumbers, architects, specifiers and the public
  • Educate the next generation of trade professionals
  • Work towards using 100% scrap copper to produce new pipes
  • Reduce use of plastic packaging

Benefits of using copper

  • Infinitely recyclable
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Versatile
  • Durable
  • Anti-microbial
  • Tough yet malleable

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Featured article

April 28th 2022

CuSP co-founder, Andrew Surtees, has been featured in an article on Design & Build UK, looking at the construction industry’s need for a recycling revolution.

Recycling is fundamental to an environmentally stable planet, yet despite people being acutely aware of the importance of recycling materials in their daily lives, less focus has been put on industries to adopt similar practices.

In March, Global Recycling Day was observed, and although many organisations made commitments to improve their practices, very few tangible results were achieved. It is critical that more sectors move from pledging change to action, making recycling an integral part of working practices. Read the full article here.

More information

To find out more or to get involved, visit: or follow on social media at @CUSPUK on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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