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No more plastic bottles

We’re now using the peloton’s first entirely compostable bottle

May 5, 2022

Each year, an estimated 630,000 plastic bottles are used in the professional peloton. And now, thanks to Cannondale, we’re doing our part to cut down on waste.

Cannondale has developed cycling’s first 100 percent compostable bottle, and both the EF Education-EasyPost and EF Education-TIBCO-SVB teams will begin using them immediately, cutting down on roughly 34,000 plastic bottles used annually.

The EF Education-EasyPost team will use the new compostable bottle starting at the 2022 Giro d’Italia.

Made from plant-derived materials, the bite value, cap, and body are entirely compostable and plastic-free. In as little as three months, the bottle will disintegrate when exposed to micro-organisms, heat, and humidity. In its continued effort to help create a more sustainable future for professional racing, Cannondale will open this innovation to the entire WorldTour beyond 2022.

The compostable bottles are the latest effort from the team and its partners to decrease the environmental footprint of the sport.

The EF Pro Cycling organization is also proud to be part of EF’s “Hello Zero” initiative, EF Education First’s commitment to voluntarily offset all its global carbon emissions, including that of the EF Education-EasyPost and EF Education-TIBCO-SVB teams. The first step in the program is the EF Forest Initiative, a project to create and conserve forests around the world. EF’s goal with Hello Zero is two-fold: to be carbon negative every year starting in 2021, and to eventually become historically carbon neutral, removing all of the carbon EF has ever emitted, directly or indirectly in association with its programs, since EF’s founding in 1965.

* Many bottles in professional cycling are only used once then discarded, though many make it into the hands of fans. They are commonly thrown roadside in specified feed/rubbish zones during a race and not used again due to hygiene reasons.

** In an industrial compost system, the bottle will disintegrate within 3 months. This is certified by European Compost Standards EN13432. At home, this will be approximately 10 – 12 months due to the variability in home compost systems.

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