CAN make a difference.
Currently at ReRun 70% of donations are race T shirts and many of these are unworn. Together, we can change that.
Please feel free to copy and paste the below letter (make changes if you would like to) and email it to your favourite Race events.
Dear Race Name
I hope you are well and your runs are full of joy.
I am writing to you, as a runner and participant in your race asking you to consider making changes that could benefit us all.
I have recently become aware of the excess waste we produce as runners. Single use plastic, such as bottles, cups etc in organised races are being addressed and this is great.
One somewhat forgotten use of plastic however , is that used in polyester clothing. A normal polyester t-shirt is equivalent to around 12 plastic bottles. Throw away or fast fashion clothing is a real problem in our world today. With an estimated 300,000 garments going to landfill each year in the UK.
Simply put there is far too much clothing for what is needed.
As a responsible race organiser I am asking you to consider either
A. Eliminating the finishers T-Shirt from your race package.
B. Giving runners the option to decline one when they enter the race. Please take a look at www.treesnottees.com who can help with this.
A really simple act such as this could start to eradicate a huge amount of textile waste and plastic pollution from our running community.
Thank you for your time and have a lovely day