Edible seaweed drink capsules trialled at London marathon

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
30,000 capsules will be trialled at this year's London marathon

Over 30,000 drink capsules made from edible seaweed will be trialled at the Virgin Money London Marathon later this month.

It will be the largest trial Lucozade Ribena Suntory has run at a sporting event since it began using the material last year.

Three of the Lucozade Sport stations on the course will also use compostable cups which will be collected and composted at a plant in Bedford.

All Lucozade Sport bottles distributed on the course will be made from 100% recycled plastic, with London marathon runners the first to use the new bottles.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory predicts that using rPET for the 380ml bottles, which are manufactured specifically for sampling at events, will prevent around 7.8 tonnes of new plastic being produced every year.

A closed-loop recycling initiative will also see all bottles on the course in Tower Hamlets, Greenwich, Southwark and Canary Wharf collected before being recycled back into bottles.

Michelle Norman, director of external affairs and sustainability at Lucozade Ribena Suntory, said: “These ambitious initiatives mean we can continue to address the global issue of plastic waste and continue to minimise our impact on the environment.”

Lucozade Ribena Suntory is a founding signatory of the WRAP Plastics Pact and has pledged to make 100% of its packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

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