Seaweed hydration capsules part of marathon efforts to kick the bottle
Around 650,000 plastic bottles were provided at last year’s event.
Tens of thousands of seaweed capsules filled with energy drink will be handed out to competitors at the London Marathon as part of efforts to reduce the vast amount of plastic used at the event.
Around 650,000 plastic bottles were provided at last year’s marathon and, while they were recyclable, their use was branded a “waste of resources”.
Organisers are trialling a range of innovations and measures aimed at cutting plastic use and reducing waste at this year’s marathon.
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We will be at mile 23 tomorrow handing out Lucozade Sport orange in Oohos! You can either pop them in your mouth and eat them (just just like a cherry tomato!) or nip the corner and suck the drink out! GOOD LUCK to any of our followers who are running!!! We can’t wait to cheer you all on!! Posted @withrepost • @lucozadesport At this year's Virgin Money London Marathon we’ll be sampling Oohos (a new and exciting form of edible packaging) be sure to look out for them at mile 23! #londonmarathon #VMLM #madetomove
The event will see the largest ever trial of Ooho seaweed edible and biodegradable capsules, more than 30,000 of which will be handed out at the 23rd mile.
The capsules are made from brown seaweed, which inventors say is one of nature’s most renewable resources.
Elsewhere on the route, three Lucozade Sport stations will use compostable cups rather than bottles.
Organisers said they aim to cut the number of plastic bottles on the course by more than 215,000 at this year’s event.
We need to keep people like that hydrated, but actually using single use plastics is such a waste of resources Pauline Latham MP
Following the 2018 marathon, Tory MP Pauline Latham criticised the sight of discarded bottles “dozens deep along the streets”.
“We need to keep people like that hydrated, but actually using single use plastics is such a waste of resources and there should be better ways,” she told the Commons.
As well as efforts to cut the number of bottles in use, organisers are testing ways of recycling them more effectively.
Using a “closed loop” system, plastic bottles collected in Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Southwark and Canary Wharf will be returned directly to a reprocessing plant where they will be recycled into new bottles.