A green twist for our Giro changeout kit
Team kits by Rapha are made largely from excess material
EF Education-EasyPost and EF Education-TIBCO-SVB will ride in special changeout kits at this year’s Giro, but with a sustainable twist.
Our Giro uniforms by Rapha utilize a majority of excess fabrics to create the kits via upcycling material otherwise destined for a landfill. The team issue kit of the “Rapha Excess” line consists of 72 percent majority excess material. UCI rules around team kit consistency mandate that some new fabrics be used to ensure a degree of uniformity.
The sport’s governing body mandates the EF Pro Cycling teams give up pink uniforms at the Giro since they closely resemble the pink jersey, worn by the race leader. Our Cannondale bikes were not manufactured specifically for the Giro but tap into the design with a color scheme utilizing excess paint and limiting waste.
Muc-Off’s Project Green Initiative utilizes concentrates and refills to cut down on plastic waste, and its reusable Mechanic’s Gloves eliminate thousands of single-use latex gloves each season. And later in the Giro our long-time partner POC will show how the highest levels of performance and sustainable thinking can go hand in hand.
From June, the team will test new water filtration systems in select buses that would cut down on up to 20,000 liters of bottled water per season, and both our teams’ carbon footprints are offset underneath EF Education First’s “Hello Zero” initiative, a commitment to voluntarily offset all its global carbon emissions. 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.
We know our sport is far from perfect, but we’re dedicated to reducing our environmental impacts and inspiring more people to live a life by bike, on and off race courses across the world.