Recently we have covered the latest initiatives from the UK based group Trash Free Trails
and the steps that both Trek and Cannondale are taking to limit the plastic use in their packaging
so here are four smaller announcements on new eco-initiatives that will hopefully help lessen the impact of our sport.Alpkit:
The UK based outdoor retailer and sister brand to Sonder Bikes, Alpkit, has joined Chris King
in becoming a certified B Corp
By becoming a B Corp, Alpkit has joined a growing collective of brands that have been recognised as a "force for good." B Corps are businesses that must meet the highest standard of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. Unlike similar certifications, a B Corp is not just for a single product or service but for the whole business.
Last year Alpkit worked together with the Ethical Consumer Magazine to become the first UK outdoor brand to publish a fully comprehensive sustainability report. For 2020 it took further steps to follow the rigorous assessments to become a B Corp.
Clif Bar has signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Global Commitment and it has announced by 2025 it will change all of its packagings so it is reusable, recyclable, or compostable.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is a UK registered charity that aims to inspire a generation to re-think, re-design & build a positive future through the framework of a circular economy. Alongside the new commitment to change its packaging so it can be reused, recycled, or composted by 2025 Clif also aims to;
- Have 25% of the plastic used in its packaging made from renewable or recycled materials.
- Cut out any unneeded plastic packaging, with a goal of using 10% less.
- Drive awareness and education through the packaging. They will start this by adding the How2Recycle label which will provide clear instructions on how to dispose of it.
Their final goal will be to remove 1 million pounds of plastic waste from the environment, whether that is preventing plastic waste or by cleaning up the waste on public lands or in waterways.
The Thule Group has recently announced that it will now be committing to a reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions after signing Science Based Targets.
Following the announcement, the business will now be monitored by external auditors as it pledges to reduce its environmental impact within the company and externally with suppliers. Science Based Targets is a joint collaboration between the CDP, the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) with an overall goal to create an international reporting standard that facilitates follow-up and comparison between companies and industries.
As part of the continuing partnership between the UCI and Santini, which began in 1988, all World Champion jerseys from the 2021 Cyclo-Cross World Champs will be "eco friendly" and made from Polartec. The packaging has also been changed to be biodegradable.