Sustainability round-up: October 12
This week’s sustainability round-up includes a partnership for Forest Green Rovers, Borussia Dortmund inspiring fans to be more green, New Zealand Warriors focusing on sustainable apparel, and a motorsport initiative for kids in the UAE.
English Football League Two club Forest Green Rovers has partnered with water treatment company Culligan UK to reduce single-use plastic waste in sport. Rovers fans will now be able to refill their own water bottles via outdoor bottle filling stations. The club’s hospitality offerings will also include a premium filtered chilled and sparkling water dispenser, accompanied by a reusable bottle system. Within the changing rooms, a boiling and chilled filtered water tap has been installed.
The New Zealand Warriors, which competes in Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL), has confirmed Dynasty Sport as its apparel partner for 2024 and beyond, with a focus on sustainability. The Auckland-headquartered company utilises Ecotek, a fabric made from ethnically sourced recycled plastic bottles, across its apparel ranges.
School students in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be one step closer to achieving their motorsport dreams thanks to the new Greenpower programme being introduced by Dubai-based automotive events and motorsport agency Pole Position. The agency has worked alongside UK-based charity Greenpower Trust and GEMS Education, the UAE’s largest school group, to challenge students to engage in the design, construction and racing of electric cars.
World Sailing, the sport’s global governing body, has launched a six-month series of webinars to inspire member national authorities, classes, event organisers, sailing clubs and those involved in sport, around the topic of sustainability. The ‘Sustainability Sessions’ will be free and open to anyone, with expert-led panels discussing topics such as mega-fauna strikes, where boats collide with large marine fish or animals; biosecurity and ensuring boats and equipment are cleaned properly to avoid environmental damage; lifecycle assessments and enabling better choices of sailing equipment; and inclusion initiatives to help the sport become more diverse.