Sustainable Fashion

Fast fashion is exactly that: it’s fast. As a racing team we normally we like fast but, this time, that speed is killing our planet.

Clothes can be purchased quicker than ever before, but they get discarded quickly too. And fast fashion strips the Earth of limited resources; it depletes healthy soil, pollutes the air we breathe, contaminates fresh water sources, and destroys forests.

The average person buys 60% more clothing than they did 15 years ago – but almost 90% of what is bought ultimately ends up in either a landfill or incinerated.

Simple changes can make a big difference: Find out how you could help, even just by switching to products made from organic cotton.

Tree planted for every pledge

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CLIMATE CHANGE

Tree planted for every pledge

252,286

TREES PLANTED

385,998 kg

ESTIMATED CARBON CONTRIBUTION

43,386,962 kg

ESTIMATED SAVING FROM ON-SITE PLEDGES

E-Waste Facts

⚡Global e-waste production is on track to reach 120 million tonnes per year by 2050 if current trends continue, according to a report from the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE) and the UN E-Waste Coalition.

⚡Less than 20% of e-waste is formally recycled, with 80% either ending up in landfill or being informally recycled – much of it by hand in developing countries, exposing workers to hazardous and carcinogenic substances such as mercury, lead and cadmium. UK. This includes items such as computers, televisions, mobile phones, and household appliances.

⚡E-waste in landfill contaminates soil and groundwater, putting food supply systems and water sources at risk.

⚡In addition to health and pollution impacts, improper management of e-waste is resulting in a significant loss of scarce and valuable raw materials, such as gold, platinum, cobalt and rare earth elements. As much as 7% of the world’s gold may currently be contained in e-waste, with 100 times more gold in a tonne of e-waste than in a tonne of gold ore.

⚡There are enough cables hoarded in UK homes to circle the Earth five times, containing nearly a whopping 700 tonnes of copper.

⚡If all small old electricals that are currently hoarded in people’s homes or thrown away in general household rubbish each year were recycled, 2.8 million tonnes of CO2 emissions could be saved, the equivalent of taking 1.3 million cars off the road.

⚡If all the old laptops hoarded across the UK were recycled, they could provide enough aluminium to produce 159,000 bikes; enough steel to make 12,000 playground swings; or enough plastic to make nearly 5 million life-saving defibrillators.

⚡1.3 million single-use vapes are thrown away every week, per annum this is enough to cover 22 football pitches.