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Team GB athletes urged to prevent plastic pollution

Thu 29 Jul 2021 | 07:27 am GMT
Michelle Urquhart | Products of Change Writer

The flyer has been included in Team GB kit bags

Team GB athletes have been invited to help kick plastics out of sport by making a pledge to support fellow athlete, Hannah Mills’ Big Plastic Pledge. The Environment Agency flyer made of plantable (UK-only) seed paper has been included in the athletes’ official Tokyo Olympic 2020 kit bags. It signposts athletes to the Big Plastic Pledge website – a global campaign founded by Olympic sailing champion Hannah Mills that aims to unite athletes and fans from around the world to help tackle the issue of plastic pollution and eradicate single-use plastic in sport. Hannah Mills said: “It’s great to have this message in the Team GB kit bags. I believe through the power of sport, we can change the fate of our planet.” The flyer features three key messages for athletes - make one simple change, like using a bamboo toothbrush instead of plastic varieties, shout about their preventing plastic pollution support, and use their position as worldwide role models to influence others. It has been produced by the Environment Agency’s plastics and sustainability team on behalf of the Interreg Preventing Plastic Pollution (PPP) project, a cross-Channel partnership of 18 expert organisations which identifies and targets hotspots for plastic, embeds behaviour change in local communities and businesses, and implements effective solutions and alternatives. The flyer is the first of a number of initiatives with Team GB having also provided learning and teaching resources for its family and school education programme Travel to Tokyo – a free programme of virtual activities for children aged 5 to 11.
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