WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2023 – BEATING PLASTIC POLLUTION
This World Environment Day we’re supporting the UN’s global effort to #BeatPlasticPollution, through driving change to reduce the production of harmful and unnecessary plastics and using sustainable business practices. Our proudest contribution to this fight again plastic pollution is our choice of sustainable team suppliers – in particular Coral Eyewear, Maurice Lacroix and Ocean Bottle.
This green British start-up supplies our team with high-quality, fashionable sunglasses, worn by drivers, mechanics and engineers as they travel the world racing in Formula E. Crucially, the company shares our long-standing commitment to innovation and sustainability in high-performance environments.
Coral Eyewear frames are only made from recycled materials, mainly from rescued waste found at sea such as discarded fishing nets. In addition to this, they only use recyclable packaging and offset all their environmental shipping costs, just as we have done with race team freight costs over recent years.
Official Timekeeper of Mahindra Racing, Maurice Lacroix, is driven by performance and the pursuit of mechanical perfection. Similarly to the race team, Maurice Lacroix has a deep understanding of mechanics and the skills needed to maximise performance and know that every second counts, in a sport where thousandths of a second can make a difference.
Ahead of the Hyderabad E-Prix, Maurice Lacroix launched the AIKON #Tide Mahindra watch, which is dressed in the race team’s colours and, like the Coral sunglasses, is made from ocean-bound upcycled plastic. All members of the race team wear either a red or black version of the AIKON #Tide Mahindra model as part of their uniform.
It’s thirsty work operating a race team in paddocks all across the world, but the Mahindra Racing staff keep themselves hydrated thanks to their Ocean Bottle refillable bottles. Ahead of Season 9, they designed us a bespoke bottle, coloured matt-black with an embossed Mahindra Racing logo.
With the sale of every Ocean Bottle, the company go on to fund the collection of 11.4kg of plastic, which is equivalent to 1000 plastic bottles. In addition to that, when you refill the bottle at selected refill centres and validate it on the app, Ocean Bottle collect even more plastic and stop it entering the ocean.