Help the built environment go plastic free for future generations


We’re seeking forward thinking companies and stakeholders in the construction sector to work with us in our mission to significantly reduce plastics in the built environment.  Size is immaterial.

We believe that working together we can all help stop plastic becoming the asbestos of the future.

What we are doing

Our initial focus is the reduction then eradication of plastic in the construction industry, where our founder Neal Maxwell has spent his working life.

Construction is the second largest consumer of plastic after the packaging sector and a change of direction to identifying and sourcing non-plastic alternatives to building materials is long overdue.  

To achieve these aims we have created a number of strategies many of which are funded from the utilisation of R&D tax credits from companies like yours in order to drive research into the use of non-plastic materials. We will use the expertise of our members and partners to share this knowledge with our members.

What’s in it for you?

You have decided to get involved with Changing Streams because our future deserves it and the next generation demands it.

Joining Changing Streams enables you to: 

  • Future proof your business for the new environmentally aware clients, both public and private
  • Evidence your corporate social responsibility 
  • Achieve sustainable development goals set out by the United Nations
  • Differentiate yourself in the market
  • Help the directors comply with their statuary duties under section 172(1)(d) of the companies act 2006

Like many companies you may also be keen to maximise your cash flow – we can help you do this via our specialist R&D tax partner/adviser. It’s a fact that there are more than 250,000 construction SMEs in the UK, contributing 7% of the UK’s GDP, but less than 1% are submitting R&D tax relief claims.

Over a two month period this year, our specialist tax adviser has submitted 19 construction sector claims, saving on average £61,527 per company – joining Changing Streams makes future and present sense. [Click here to find out more about R&D tax relief]

What we can offer

Depending on your memberships level all money raised will go towards our mission of significantly reducing plastics in the built environment and enhancing our research facility within the University of Liverpool – as well as to our other partners through research, innovation and data gathering.

Working collaboratively with industry and higher education institutions from around the world we are developing an extensive database of products currently used or available in practice to identify the plastic content of these products. 

At the same time, we will be engaging with manufacturers to carry out further research into how their products and systems can become plastic-free, or at the very least consume less plastic.

We’re also working with pension funds, REITs, developers and anyone involved in the built environment to create tools to help industry select products containing less or no plastic.

The money raised from your subscription fee will also go towards support for the supply chain to develop innovative new products and materials that reduce plastic content in order to help you support your commitment to our charter.

Changing Streams will also support you in your workplace to source alternatives to plastic along your supply chains, offering advice with your procurement procedures and linking you up with other Changing Streams partners and supporters throughout our networks. We will be holding Changing Streams workshops online and, when the current COVID 19 crisis abates, in workplaces to raise awareness of the our work and to offer practical support to organisations who share our goals and values.

We’re particularly keen to hear your ideas and hear about your projects – we aim to be as inclusive as possible so email and sign up to our monthly newsletter to keep abreast of developments.