Team GB athletes urged to help eradicate single-use plastic in sport


BRITISH olympians have been given a flyer in their official Tokyo 2020 kit bags urging them  to make a pledge to eradicate single-use plastic in sport.

Made from seed paper, the flyer signposts athletes to the Big Plastic Pledge website. The global campaign was founded by Olympic sailing champion, Hannah Mills.

The initiative aims to unite athletes and fans from around the world to help tackle the issue of plastic pollution and remove single-use plastics in sport.

It forms part of the Queen Mary University of London-led Preventing Plastic Pollution project, which was also represented at the start of the recent Tour de France.

Dr Iwan Jones, head of the river communities group at Queen Mary University of London, said, “This project aims to understand the sources and impacts of plastic pollution and to reduce this by changing attitudes towards the use of plastics in all aspects of our lives.

“It demonstrates the real-world impact of Queen Mary’s research and will help to identify effective solutions and alternatives that will benefit both the environment, and future generations.”