Sky Ocean Rescue Tour De France kit revealed

31 May 2018

Sky Ocean Rescue Tour De France kit revealed

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Team Sky has joined the Sky Ocean Rescue journey by unveiling a new kit design for the upcoming Tour de France – and pledging to remove all single-use plastic (SUP) packaging from its business operations by 2020.

The new kit design will be worn by Team Sky at the Tour de France (July 7th-29th). It has been designed to help the team stand out in the peloton, with orcas featuring on the back of the jersey.
 
The riders will also wear a bespoke version jersey, exclusively developed from ocean plastic material, at the Team Presentation.
 
Team Sky is aiming to raise awareness of this important issue and inspire people in the cycling community and beyond to make simple, everyday changes to stop our oceans drowning in plastic.
 
Forming part of Team Sky’s ‘Race to 2020’ campaign, the Team’s pledge to #PassOnPlastic is inspired by Sky’s commitment to eliminate all single-use plastic from its operations, products and supply chain by 2020:

·       Team Sky aims to remove all SUP packaging in its business operation by 2020
·       Team Sky will work with its partners to remove SUP from the Team Sky supply chain by 2020
·       Team Sky will work closely with Sky to share best practice and learnings 

Team Sky has already started work with logistics experts and Sky Ocean Rescue partner, Unipart, to help reduce the use of plastics across the Team and are developing plastic-free packaging solutions to fulfil the team’s logistical requirements
Team Sky X Sky Ocean Rescue new kit launch video

Team Sky X Sky Ocean Rescue new kit launch video

Chris Froome, speaking in the wake of his record-breaking Giro d’Italia victory that saw him claim a historic Grand Tour treble last weekend, has backed Team Sky’s ‘Race to 2020’ pledge, commenting: “It’s great that the team are getting behind such an important issue – one that is having a huge impact in the world we live in today.

“The special-edition kit is fantastic and will really help to raise awareness at the Tour de France, but it’s important that the legacy continues after that, as we look to build on the amazing work Sky have done so far with their Sky Ocean Rescue campaign with our own ‘Race to 2020’ commitment.”
Chris Froome wearing the new Sky Ocean Rescue jersey for the first time

Chris Froome wearing the new Sky Ocean Rescue jersey for the first time

Sir Dave Brailsford

Sir Dave Brailsford

We want to encourage people across the world to think about their own use of plastic and make changes in their everyday life.
Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford Team Sky, said: “Sky Ocean Rescue has been at the forefront of a global campaign on single-use plastics over the last year – and it is making a real difference. We are proud to join this important fight to change behaviour and help save our oceans.
 
“Like all parts of society, cycling must do more to reduce its reliance on single-use plastic at every level. The nature of our sport means we have a special responsibility to the environment and at Team Sky we want to take a lead.
 
“At the upcoming Tour de France, the Team will be wearing a striking new kit design to highlight the issue to a global audience of millions.
 
“We want to encourage people across the world to think about their own use of plastic and make changes in their everyday life. We are all in a position where we can make a difference.”
The back of the jersey features an orca whale

The back of the jersey features an orca whale

Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s Group CEO, said: “Team Sky’s Race to 2020 pledge, combined with its special Sky Ocean Rescue Tour de France jersey design, is a fantastic commitment to save our oceans. I am so pleased that Team Sky and its riders are getting involved to build on our campaign.
 
“Today, we’re calling upon the cycling community to make simple changes and join us to help stop our oceans from drowning in plastic.”
 
Drawing upon learnings from Sky’s own experience reducing plastic within the business, Team Sky will identify where SUP is used across all operations and suggest alternatives – from implementing ocean friendly washing solutions, through to effective recycling or reusable product alternatives.  
 
Team Sky will also be encouraging fans to change their behaviour towards SUP through a fan-engagement initiative that uses a specially designed Sky Ocean Rescue bidon, and other tips to reduce SUP whilst enjoying the sport from home or out on your bike.

This collaboration is one of the first of its kind in cycling and with the help of Sky Ocean Rescue, Team Sky will look to work with more partners to help address the impact that single-use plastic is having on the oceans.

You can now buy our special edition Sky Ocean Rescue Tour de France kit from the official Team Sky Store.

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