Our Partnership with the Big Plastic Pledge
We are excited to announce our partnership with the Big Plastic Pledge. We were inspired by the Big Plastic Pledge’s foundation and story, so we are now working together to make the Tour of Cambridgeshire the ‘Most Sustainable Event in the World’ in 2021.
We, as event organisers, want to help save the planet by eliminating single use plastics and encouraging as many people as possible to change their habits. The actions we take matter. If a whole sporting community changes their habits, we can create a tidal wave of change that will be felt in every corner of the globe.
What is the Big Plastic Pledge?
The Big Plastic Pledge was founded by Hannah Mills, an Olympic gold and silver medalist sailor and an IOC sustainability ambassador, who firsthand saw the devastating effect plastic pollution was causing.
“Sailing has taken me all over the world and for almost 2 decades I have noticed plastic in the oceans, mainly when it gets stuck under our boat and stops us dead in our tracks. But it didn’t resonate with me how bad the problem was getting until the Rio 2016 Olympic cycle.
I witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of plastic pollution on our oceans and planet. Every beach, marina and coastal area we visited during that 4-year period was affected and damaged beyond belief.
So much of it was single use plastic. It was something I couldn’t ignore anymore, I had to act. And so, over the past few years I have set about, along with my teammate Eilidh Mcintyre, trying to reduce the single use plastic from our Olympic campaign.” – Hannah Mills
Eliminate single-use plastic bottles
Using water bowsers to distribute water
Recycling centres available and managed at the Event HQ and Pit Stops
Extra litter stops available out on the route
Ensure no Pit Stop food is distributed in any packaging
Work with exhibitors to ensure no plastic is given to consumers
All food and drink concessions to use non-plastic or compostable cartons and cups
All staff, volunteers, officials to use multi-use drinks bottles and mugs for hot drinks