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Virgin Sport Goes Plastic-Free

1 MIN READ • 14th August 2022
Daniella Gray by Daniella Gray

Reducing our plastic waste has never been more important. With approximately eight million pieces of plastic pollution finding their way into our oceans, many brands and companies are cutting down on their volume in a bid to be more environmentally-friendly.

Following the success of the Oxford Half marathon, Virgin Active is paving the way to a plastic-free future as it has successfully eliminated 500,000 single-use plastic bottles from the routes of its three UK races (Hackney Half, ASICS London 10K and Oxford Half) and replaced over 25,000 plastic kit bags with long-life natural cotton tote bags.

Water was also served in 100 percent recyclable cups at water stations along the route, eliminating 65,000 single-use plastic water bottles. Another win for the eco-warriors of the world.

Looking to reduce your impact on the environment? We’ve got four ways for you to cut your plastic waste.

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Daniella Gray
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Being able to write about everything that's important to me (exercising for mental wellbeing and delicious food, of course) to help people meet their health goals is pretty special. Before emails, I'm usually in the front-room with a dumbbell and on weekends, there's nothing better than the Kent countryside for a leisurely stroll.

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