One Cool Tennis Thing: Wimbledon “Aces” Sustainability

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Wimbledon crowned its new champions over the weekend (congrats to all the winners), but the biggest winner overall was conservation.  This year, the tournament went all in on sustainability — from donating all the 53,000 used tennis balls to schools and selling them with player signatures rather than throwing them away, to strongly encouraging the use of public transport to reach the matches (80% did), to the unveiling of Evian’s new 100% recyclable water bottle as well as installing 100 free tap water refill points across the grounds, to using 95% recycled water to keep the grass courts green, to running the whole event on renewable energy, and even down to serving vegan strawberries and cream, this year’s tournament was the greenest ever! They even had a “Sustainability Demonstration Space” to inspire guests, with a positive vision of a more sustainable future for the tennis club. We hope other large sporting events will follow their lead!

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