The “RIDE GREEN” project aims to increase the environmental sustainability of the race – each stage of the Giro involves tens of thousands of people, including athletes, teams, spectators and workers, and the waste generated by meals and the disposable tableware used to consume them is normally disposed of with unsorted waste.
Novamont is supporting this five-year programme by providing material and know-how to enable reductions in the production of unsorted waste and mitigate related problems (disposal in landfill, soil and air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions) and to promote production and consumption scenarios in which waste can be used for other processes and valued financially, as part of the circular economy.
The dining areas at the 21 stages of the Giro will have disposable cups, plates, containers and cutlery made from MATER-BI, the European standard UNI EN 13432-certified biodegradable and compostable bioplastic produced by Novamont which can be disposed of in composting plants together with food waste.
Andrea Di Stefano, director of special projects and business communications for Novamont, said: “We have decided to support the RIDE GREEN Project again this year because a competition as important as the Giro deserves to become a benchmark in terms of environmental sustainability. The Giro unites our country from north to south, east to west, and constitutes a unique celebration of its extraordinary beauty. Holding the competition while respecting natural ecosystems means we can hugely increase its scope and value.”
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