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Wimbledon serving aces with recycling on the go!

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Wimbledon 2021 sees recycled plastic leisurewear and other initiatives take centre court.

07 July 2021, 4:57 PM


With so many of us trying to be more sustainable, Wimbledon is really ‘on the ball’ when it comes to recycling.

The hosts of this year’s Wimbledon Championships - The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) - are launching sustainable leisurewear made from plastic bottles.

To highlight sustainable sourcing, The AELTC have created a new collection in white and blue instead of Wimbledon’s signature purple and green. The collection is made up of over 100 items, including polo shirts, training tops, skirts, silk ties, Panama hats and Wimbledon championship towels. Plus, as part of its pledge to meet environmental goals, The AELTC has produced an outfit made almost entirely from recycled plastics – in other words, they’re absolutely smashing it!

And on court, those with a heavy backhand haven't received their restrung rackets in plastic wrapping for the past two years – a move that saves an estimated 4,500 plastic bags throughout each two-week tournament. Now that’s something worth making a racket about!

But that’s not all they've been doing, oh no – Wimbledon are playing a vital role in helping to protect the environment, today and in the future. They banned plastic straws alongside other bars and restaurants back in 2018; worked with one of their sponsors, Evian, to introduce the first 100% recycled and recyclable water bottle in 2019 (made available to the public in late 2020), and they also continue to increase the number free water refill points and fountains available around the village to cut down on single-use plastic. Over 100 water stations are now available, doubling the count and then some since 2014!

Plus, did you know that each year the tournament’s food and drink racks up more than 160,000 portions of strawberries and cream and nearly twice as many glasses of Pimm’s? No wonder it’s always Pimm’s o’clock!

Tennis fans attending this year’s tournament should find it easier than ever to recycle their strawberry punnets (which are already sustainably sourced!) and Pimm’s cans, thanks to the launch of a new pop-up recycling initiative.

The world-famous tennis club has introduced 50 colourful new bins in and around the village in the hope fans will find it easy and fun to recycle on the go.

Recycling whilst on the move will help to boost the number of plastic bottles and cans that are recycled, and the colour-coded bins will help to educate the public on how to recycle correctly whilst they’re out and about. Game, Set, Match!

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