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British sailor Hannah Mills has launched an initiative to eliminate single-use plastic in game, following being”overwhelmed” by the”shocking” quantity of waste she saw at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
With the support of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Welshwoman, 31, has launched the Large Plastic Pledge.
Mills, who partnered Saskia Clark at London 2012, has asked athletes help to make the contamination she saw at Rio a thing before and also to register up to the pledge.
“It hit me, on a worldwide level, just how big a problem that will be,” Mills explained.
“Wherever we travelled during the 2016 Olympic cycle – every marina, each beach, every time we went sailing – we’d notice something in the water, but particularly in Rio.
“Every single time we introduced our boats into the water, we’d literally wade through plastic pollution just to escape. It was shocking to realize that area, then once you’ve found it, you can not stop viewing it.
“Initially I was overwhelmed. I thought:’What could I even do?’ However, it awakened something in me drove me to do anything about it.”
Since the Rio Games, new Women and Mills’s 470 partner prior to the Welsh sailor turned into a sustainability ambassador together with the IOC, Eilidh McIntyre have looked at ways to decrease their use of plastic.
Together they’ve launched a initiative, asking athletes to commit to a minimum of 3 pledges from an inventory that includes using only sterile bottles, cups, lunchboxes and utensils, and also metal straws.
“The objective is for other athletes to join me with this shared vision of trying to eliminate single-use vinyl in sport,” Mills added. “For me, this may work if we’re just one voice combined on this problem.
“Competing at Tokyo 2020 and winning a gold medal there’s my number one attention, but I’m so passionate about this project and what we could achieve.”
Other pledges include being a portion of a beach clean-up, about what you can recycle thinking and not utilizing purchasing bags.
It is not just athletes that are being encouraged to register, but”the lovers, the five-a-side soccer teams and school sports events, the runners as well as the vacation skiers and the Olympians”.
An estimated six million plastic beer cups have been used at the Premier League last year, while cricket venues and union stadium Twickenham have been working successful cup schemes.
A more stadium-wide returnable cup scheme has been introduced by manchester City and Tottenham are trialling a cup scheme at Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace.
But Friends of the Earth and the British Association for Sustainable Sport have predicted on clubs in the top four divisions of English football to sign up for their plastic pledge and commit to numerous steps, such as replacing and/or eliminating single-use vinyl and ensuring fans have access to water java channels.
“Fans need soccer clubs to do it on plastic,” said Friends of the Earth plastic campaigner Julian Kirby.
“We’re encouraged that several clubs have introduced measures with this issue – but we want every Premier and Football League team to do what it can to get rid of unnecessary single-use plastic.”
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