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To: Two Oceans Marathon
STOP THE SACHETS
Please stop handing out plastic water sachets, Two Oceans Marathon. Identify more closely with the oceans that the athletes run past, by removing sachets from the race and providing alternatives. Do the right thing. Don’t contribute to pollution of the “two oceans”. Stop the sachets!
Why is this important?
As a continuation of our campaign against single use plastics the WASTE REDUCTION Far South group hereby states its objection to plastic water sachets that are handed out to athletes along the Two Oceans Marathon (TOM) route. The scenic road race runs through the eco-sensitive Far South Peninsula, from Lakeside to Hout Bay, and we would like to see plastic sachets completely eliminated, at least along this strip. Despite efforts to provide bins and clean up after the race, thousands of used sachets and sachet corners land up in storm water drains, oceans, estuaries, river courses, parks and on mountains every year. This is not only unsightly, but harmful to the natural environment. While weather and lack of athlete compliance are partly responsible for this, the TOM organisers can remedy this unintentional littering by not providing water sachets in the first place.