Our commitment since the outset has been to try to use less, reduce waste and recycle/ upcycle as much of waste generated, that we can. This applies to both our events and our store. See further down the page for key dates in our efforts to refine practices to eliminate or reduce waste.
Through our ultrarunning store we aim to strike the balance between items that runners need to train for and run long arduous races both safely and enjoyably, whilst ensuring we stock items from responsible brands and from responsible sources. We've created a short cut to the best of the best in this department, look out for this logo on our online store, which denotes products that are made using recycled materials or from sustainable resources. You can find them quickly by searching the tag 'Sustainable' or by clicking here.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR CLOTHES AND THE PLANET
The key thing to think about here, is making your gear last longer, looking after it better and buying less where you can. This saves the planet and saves your pocket. Some of the very simple things you can do include:
- Using Nikwax products to clean and re-proof waterproof items you use. The main reason waterproofs fail or decrease in waterproof level are because they are dirty and the waterproof membrane has deteriorated. Use Nikwax to first clean and then re-proof your jacket/ trousers/ gloves you and you will find they work as they did when you first bought them.
- When you wash technical fabric/ fibres, billions of tiny microfibres are released into the washing machine and then out into the water supply. Consider buying and using a guppy bag which will both protect your clothing and make items last longer, and catch the majority of those microfibres before they exit out into our drainage/ water supply and eventually, the oceans. Guppy bags are available here. Here is a link which explains more about microfibres.
- Tips for washing: When washing clothes wash on 30 degrees or less. Wash less often, use liquid detergent, slow spin and hang dry (no dryer) and use a guppy bag or washing machine filter.
2016: Removal of dates from finisher buckles - eliminating waste
2017: Adding re-usable cup to mandatory kit for all events and eliminating use of single use plastic cups
2017: Removal of dates from medals and re-stitching of new dated ribbons to medals in their place - eliminating waste
2019: Removal of dates from finisher tees - eliminating waste
2020: Providing runners the choice not to take awards as they register for event to reduce production levels
The biggest change from the above for us came at the end of 2016 when we made a cup part of mandatory gear for all events, and scrapped plastic cups at our aid stations. This reduced waste at our events down from 1800 litres on average, to 800 litres, of which 400 litres is recycled cardboard and plastic.
At the present time, waste we generate is dealt with as follows:
- 100% of cardboard from our farm office, store and from events, is recycled.
- 100% of plastic waste generated through food packaging and plastic bottles at check points is recycled.
- 100% of paper generated via our store and in our farm offices is shredded and composted.