From EcoDesign products to our rental solutions, all the way through to our Second Life Scheme, working hard to create a greener future is central to everything we do here at Decathlon. But it’s not just inside the company where we are trying to make an impact. As part of our mission to protect our playground, we’ve been involved with World Clean Up Day, the largest civic action towards a greener, cleaner planet for the last several years. For 2021, we are delighted to announce that by partnering with Planet Patrol we’re taking our commitment to World Clean Up Day one step further and not just clean up our green spaces, but also our blue ones.
With 8 million people living within 1 km of more than 2,000 miles of waterways around the UK and a large number exist in densely populated, underprivileged areas: there is a huge opportunity to reach communities that would otherwise be untouched. That’s why we’re co-hosting 10 events across the UK on the weekend of 18-19 September. During these events we will be SUP litter collecting sessions in rivers and canals across the UK. Click here for information on getting involved with our events.
Founded in 2016, Planet Patrol began as a one woman crusade tackling plastic pollution to make a difference on the ground. After seeing how flooded our rivers and canals were , adventurer Lizzie Carr (aka Lizzie Outside) made it her mission to raise awareness and educate on the wide ranging environmental issues affecting our land and waterways via paddle boarding adventures. In 2016 she became the first person to paddleboard the entire length of England's connected waterway solo and unsupported. She completed the 400-mile journey in 22 days, plotting more than 20,000 examples of plastic waste.. The next year she became the first woman to complete a solo paddle board from Dover to Calais and in 2018 she headed to the United States and became the first person to paddleboard the Hudson River in its entirety. Since then, Planet Patrol has evolved from a single individual fighting the issue on a paddle board to mobilising thousands to change behaviours and take action. They now operate clean ups on a global scale, connecting people with nature and gathering vital litter data to solve the issue at source.
And just looking at the single litter crisis alone, there is certainly a lot to be done.
Let’s have a look at some of the most glaring examples.
The Single Use Litter Crisis
- It’s estimated there are already 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean.
- 83% of tap water is contaminated with plastic fibres.
- 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic projected to spill out into the global environment in the next 20 years
- 80% of ocean plastic comes from land-based sources
- By 2030, plastic waste in the UK is expected to reach 5.3 million tonnes - a 20% increase from 2018.
- Land-origin plastic costs the global economy up to $19 billion every year
- More than 2 million pieces of litter are dropped every day in the UK, costing £663 million annually to clean up.
From awareness of the effects of waste to showing the benefits of nature to our mental and physical health, as well as a free litter data gathering app, Planet Patrol is working to achieve change. They connect communities with nature, bringing people together to keep local green spaces clean. They are known as Planet Patrollers, and will be playing a crucial role on WCUD.
Want to become a Planet Patroller? Not only is this a chance to make a difference in much loved areas, clearing up plastic, litter and PPE, it’s also a fantastic day out on your stand up paddle board, whatever your level.
For more information about Planet Patrol and the work they do can be found here.
And finally, a little bit more about our goals...
Our mission is to make the pleasure and benefits of sport accessible to as many people as possible, in a sustainable way. This is why at Decathlon we have committed to creating our products using an eco-design approach. At present, over 400 eco-designed products are available in our stores and on our website. However, these make up only a small fraction of our total product catalogue. So in light of the challenges of climate change and overconsumption of natural resources, our Decathlon teams have established a goal of designing 100% of our new products using an eco-design approach by 2022, reducing our impact on the environment.
We understand that there is still much to be done in order to reduce our environmental impact, and we are determined to continue to forge ahead towards sustainable change. If you'd like to know more about our commitment to sustainable development, please visit our website.
Even if you can’t make it to one of our events, you could be part of Decathlon's Mission to clean up 10000 pieces of litter this month. Sign up to the app now and get started.