Could your unwanted duvet keep your house warm?

Date: Thursday 23rd June   Time: 16:30-18:00   Location: Room G4, University of Brighton City Campus, Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 OJY


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About this event

Join the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products and Circular Brighton & Hove for a free-to-attend in-person event exploring the circular economy opportunities for a problematic waste source – polyester duvets.

BIO-CIRC (Bio and Circular Insulation for Resourceful Construction) is an EU-funded research project that is investigating the waste bedding sector in the UK and France, and the potential reuse of polyester duvets, which currently suffer from poor recycling rates and sanitary issues.

On the main outputs of the project will be the creation of a number of innovative insulation prototypes made from re-fiberised polyester from waste bedding and natural fibre materials, with the aim of providing solutions for the construction industry which can contribute towards both net zero and circular economy ambitions.

As the 2-year project comes to a close, join us to hear about the research findings from project partners – ASBP, Back to Earth and Eden Renewables, and find out if waste duvets can provide a viable, circular product solution and help keep our homes warm.

The event is free-to-attend and aimed at all professionals in the built environment and waste sectors with an interest in low carbon, circular solutions.

Following the presentations there will be an opportunity to attend a conducted tour of the Waste House constructed almost entirely of recycled, thrown away or found items to make a lasting message about sustainability.

Find out more about the BIO-CIRC project at:


  • 16:30 Welcome from the Circular Brighton and Hove and Alliance for Sustainable Building Products and introduction to the project – Steve Creed – Circular Brighton and Hove and Richard Broad, Projects & Communications Manager, ASBP
  • 16:40 The current situation for waste bedding in the UK – barriers and enablers – Dr. Katherine Adams, Technical Associate, ASBP
  • 17:00 Opportunities for reuse of waste polyester bedding as insulation (pre-recorded) – Mark Lynn, Managing Director, Eden Renewable Innovations Ltd/Thermafleece
  • 17:20 Practicalities and performance of the insulation prototypes – Chris Brookman, Director, Back to Earth
  • 17.40 Q&A
  • 18:00 Close
  • 18.00 Optional tour of Brighton Waste House by Duncan Baker-Brown
  • 18.00 Onwards drinks and networking at local pub

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Information about BIO-CIRC

The BIO-CIRC project has been awarded by the Interreg VA France (Channel) England programme, which is co-financed by the ERDF. The European Union (ERDF) will fund 80% of the project budget, which amounts to about €500,000 overall (€399,600 from ERDF).

The programme is a Cross Border European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) Programme which aims at supporting the development of the France (Channel) England area in line with the goals of the 2020 Europe strategy to create jobs and smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

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