The Spirit of Belron Challenge - protecting our environment
We care about the environment but recognise large events like the Spirit of Belron Challenge, albeit making a difference to society by fundraising for Afrika Tikkun, can result in a high carbon footprint. As part of our sustainability agenda, we aim to minimise this impact. Here’s how we plan to do this.
Single-use plastic free
This year, we’re aiming to be single-use plastic free. We’re providing all our participants with reusable water bottles to use during the event and beyond. We have replaced single-use water bottles with water tanks. All our water stations on the race course will provide fresh water for competitors in paper cups that can be recycled.
We will be selling special rucksacks at the event which are made by our windscreen recycling partner, Shark, the world leader in PVB recycling. The rucksacks have a coating made from recycled PVB from the interlayer of a damaged windscreen. The glass then goes on to be recycled.
We know our participants love coffee so we have provided all coffee stations with re-useable coffee cups too. These are available to purchase.
All funds raised from merchandise sales is donated to Afrika Tikkun.
All waste at the event will be monitored and sorted to reduce contamination, and maximise recycling opportunities.
Everything that can’t be recycled will be incinerated at our local waste management centre. This method generates energy in the form of electricity and/or heat for the local community. Energy from waste remains one of the best available techniques for recovering residual energy by processing non-recyclable waste into a fuel source.
The Spirit of Belron Challenge weekend is an incredible event where around 2,000 people from across Belron, their friends, family members and business partners, come together to celebrate our special culture.
We recognise air travel has a significant impact on Co2 and we do our best to offset this. We collect all the data on our flights, accommodation, event setup, and waste, and send this information to our partners who work out how much Co2 we have created.
For the past two years, we have offset the event by giving to a project in Kenya that distributes water filters to rural communities. This not avoids the environmental mpact of having to heat water over open fires but has a big social impact as it reduces medical issues from smoke inhalation and water-borne diseases. We hope to do the same again this year.
Find out more about the filters and how they offset carbon.