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Obituary: Dr Bill Tippett

Dr Bill Tippett, one of the founding directors of Carpet Recycling UK in 2008, has died aged 70.

Dr. Bill Tippett

Dr Bill Tippett

Tippett enjoyed a distinguished career in ICI Fibres and then Milliken both in Wigan and the US. He spearheaded the move to include sustainability as part of a drive for quality at Milliken which led to, among other innovations, the development of Earth Square re-textured carpet tiles.

In his retirement, he focused on environmental challenges, particularly in carpet reuse and recycling.

He helped Spruce Carpets Glasgow to introduce carpet reuse and recycling and was then instrumental in the launch of Carpet Recycling UK, along with fellow directors Kate Chappell and Laurance Bird.

Tippett also acted as consultant on bringing sustainable development into the built environment for organisations including the Building Research Establishment and the European Carpet and Rug Association.

Bird said: “He was designing improvements to bedside equipment and an aspirator holder to reduce waste at the hospital even during his final hours. Those who knew Bill can understand this.”

At the same time he helped his daughter Joanne launch the social business Ketso, a creative tool to improve engagement.

As a memorial to Tippet it is planned to supply Ketso kits to people in organisations with limited financial resources. Donations to his memorial fund can be at

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