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By South China Morning Post

- Published on July 25, 2018 by Mark Agnew

The Cross-Continental Swim is one of the largest open water swimming events in the world. Up to 2,400 swimmers from 50 countries swim from the European to the Asian side of Istanbul. After 2017, Woodring gave the organisers a checklist he named the Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP), which included headings like “can plastic items be replaced or substituted with something more sustainable”.

“They were very receptive,” he said. “They knew it was good for their brand and wouldn’t cost much.”

This year, they had made a number of changes including information on the side of bins and containers for rubbish shaped like bottles. If you picked up a plastic bottle, they organisers gave out hats.

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.

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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