La Vuelta and Aquaservice prevent the use of over 180,000 single-use plastic bottles for the second year in a row
October 18 th 2022 - 11:00 [GMT + 2]
Aquaservice, Spain’s leading company in mineral water and refreshment dispensers, has collaborated with La Vuelta yet again in order to make the competition one of the most sustainable three-week cycling events in the world.
To this end, the Aquaservice circular bottled water dispenser system, has prevented the use of 180,000 single-use plastic bottles and the waste of 20,000 litres of water. This was achieved through the installation of 150 water dispensers in the various race areas for the cycling teams, the organisation’s staff, journalists and guests.
As an official supplier of La Vuelta, Aquaservice has contributed to the reduction of almost 3 tonnes of plastic waste during this year’s edition, equivalent to the 180,000 single-use bottles that were previously used. This was achieved through the company’s circular bottled water dispenser system. In 2021, both organisations achieved a 94% reduction with regards to 2019 and prevented the waste of over 20,000 litres of water, thus making it the first Grand Tour within the professional circuit to implement a solution in order to eliminate the plastic waste that results from water consumption.
Aquaservice’s collaboration with La Vuelta is part of the company’s sustainable sports programme. As part of this initiative, the company also works with entities such as the Royal Spanish Handball Federation in order to eliminate single-use plastics from other sporting competitions.
A NEW PROJECT IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ENVIRONMENT
Given the devastating fires that Spain, unfortunately, experiences each summer, Aquaservice wished to contribute through La Vuelta to the creation, improvement and maintenance of ecological infrastructures to generate biodiversity in the Extremadura countryside – and it did so through a new edition of the ‘ECOCUP’ project.
In collaboration with La Vuelta, it offered the guests of the different race stages a reusable cup in order to prevent the use of over 40,000 disposable cups. All the donations received through this initiative will go towards caring for the environment through ADENEX, the Association for the Defence of Nature and Resources of Extremadura, which hosted the stage 17 finale (Monasterio de Tentudía) and both the starting line and finish-line of stage 18 (Trujillo > Alto de Piornal).