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The 'ecological' builders merchant

SOUTH London-based Construction Resources bills itself as the 'the UK's first ecological builders'merchants and centre' and operates from three-floor premises in Southwark.

It opened in May 1998 and is the brainchild of green-minded businessman Richard Handyside. Its aim is 'to produce environmentally-friendly products which can all be recycled'. The firm claims that business is 'brisk', with increasing numbers of builders, specifiers and DIY buffs among its customers.

Construction Resources also holds seminars aimed at educating and training contractors and potential clients in the application and purpose of eco- friendly materials. The firm is working on getting these products onto the shelves of 'mainstream' builders' merchants. It also hopes to get many more UKmanufacturers involved in producing environmentally friendly materials.

Construction Resources stocks a range ofecologically correct materials including natural paints (linseed oil, earth, mineral pigment); insulation (wool, recycled newsprint); natural clay plaster and clay products (bricks, mortars and renders); rainwater harvesting systems; and solar panels.