By Simon Griffiths

- Published on July 22, 2018 by Outdoor Swimmer

The Turkish Olympic Committee, which organises the iconic Samsung Cross Bosphorus Swim, has announced its participation in a programme to reduce the plastic waste produced at the event.

Now in its 30th year, the Cross Bosphorus Swim had just 68 swimmers for its first edition in 1989. It now attracts thousands from around the world and potential participants need to win a place through a lottery or go through a recognised event partner such as SwimTrek. The Bosphorus runs through the heart of Istanbul and separates Europe from Asia and so offers a unique opportunity for regular swimmers to swim between continents. Because the Bosphorus is such a busy and important shipping lane, crossing it is only possible as part of an organised event when boat traffic is suspended for a short period of time.

The plastic reduction programme is an initiative by the Ocean Recovery Alliance, which has developed the Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP). PDP is a programme for companies and institutions to measure their baseline use of plastic, how much they recover or recycle, or how much recycled content they use.

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By Plastic Disclosure Project

- Published on July 16, 2018 by Plastic Disclosure Project

The Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim Race, organized by the Turkish Olympic Committee, is the first large scale global open water swim event, and Turkey's first sporting event in Turkey to have adopted the PDP Sport methodology for reducing plastic waste. PDP Sport is based on the Plastic Disclosure Project, which is a program for companies and institutions to measure their baseline use of plastic, how much they recover or recycle, or how much recycled content they use. Swimming and sports are a great conduit for creating broader public awareness and understanding about the importance and value of waste reduction, recycling, and waste-prevention management. With such a high-profile event as the Samsung Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim, the event is excited to be able to reach thousands of athletes, families and visitors to Turkey to share in the leadership and engagement in reducing plastic waste in order to improve the environment we all love to train, compete and recreate in.

PDP Sport was created by the NGO, Ocean Recovery Alliance, which does global work on plastic pollution reduction and creating solutions for companies, communities and events, so that we have a collectively reduced plastic footprint. PDP Sport provides guidelines to assist event organizers in planning for waste reduction and recycling programs, before the event has even taken place. This includes a checklist, and a scorecard to help evaluate progress towards certification as a PDP Sport event.

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By Doug Woodring

- Published on June 22, 2018 by EcoBusiness

There are some easy solutions to reducing some of the blatant wastage caused by single-use plastic, with the ability to minimise the environmental damage it causes. This can be done by simply not using the plastic products which have clear alternatives, or are not even necessary, in the case of straws, stirrers, utensils, food service items and plastic bags for single drinks, as large brands like McDonald’s continue to do (only in Asia), serving them against the trend of governments in the region which are implementing taxes or bans of disposable plastics in order to reduce the community externalities.

The excuses companies give for using these items include cost, convenience, customer service, and hygiene protection. These rationales should no longer be used to justify transferring the cost of trash and ecosystem impacts to society, as there are many alternatives.

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