What is the London Marathon? The London Marathon was held on April 28, 2019. This event was started in 1981, and has grown so that more than 40,000 runners participated in 2018. It is also arguably the biggest one-day fundraiser for charity in the world. This year, it raised 1 billion GBP (the British Pound) for charity!
Plastic pollution: There’s a bit of a dark side to large group events like marathons and concerts. Runners at the marathon need to be hydrated, and plastic disposable bottles have been a convenient way for them to grab something to drink and to keep moving. These are then discarded after the drinks are consumed. We know that plastic is not really biodegradable, it releases harmful chemicals if we try to burn it, it collects in our oceans and is destroying ocean life and ending up in the food chain. Forbes magazine reports that in 2018, these runners used 919,000 plastic bottles to get liquids to keep themselves hydrated.
Innovation: A company called Skipping Rock Labs has designed pouches called Ooho, made of sea weed. These pouches hold water or other beverages. All you have to do is bite off the top, drink the contents of the pouch, and then eat the pouch, or discard it. If they are not eaten, they apparently completely biodegrade in 6 weeks.
This year, 200,000 pouches of Ooho were used during the London Marathon, so that the number of plastic bottles being used during the event was drastically reduced.
These can be used to package upto 60 ml of liquid. Think of all the different things that can be put into this – sauces for food that you take away from restaurants, water and juices at various events and get togethers.
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Written by: Sunaina Murthy