Cannondale goes with compostable bottles for the Giro d’Italia

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Dealing with the issue of throwaway plastic, in the pro peloton. (Photo: Cannondale)
Dealing with the issue of throwaway plastic, in the pro peloton. (Photo: Cannondale)

Cycling claims to be part of the sustainability revolution, but there’s no denying that most hydration bottles are plastic. And they often get tossed. 

To better align its pro riders with the theme of true sustainability, Cannondale has announced that the EF Education-EasyPost riders on its bikes, will be using compostable bottles.

At the Giro d’Italia start, cycling fans will observe the hydration bottle change for team EF Education-EasyPost. Cannondale has worked with specialist suppliers to create its new compostable bottle.

Leave them in the garden - and they'll go away 

These new bottles are made from plant-derived materials, including the cap and bit valve.

How compostable are these bottles in reality? According to Cannondale, these new bottles will decompose within three months, when embedded within an industrial composting system.

And what if riders take the bottles home for disposal? The decomposing process should be about a year in a conventional garden setting.

Pro riders use a staggering amount of water bottles, each year. (Photo: Cannondale)

The waste numbers - are crazy 

Pro cycling uses an enormous amount of water bottles each year. Riders can discard water bottles in designation zones, at most races. And that equates to 630 000 potential throwaway bottles in year – tallying both off-season training and the schedule of racing events.

After doing the due diligence on their bottle use, Cannondale calculated that team EF Education-EasyPost uses 34 000 in a year.

It’s an impressive technology, addressing an issue which has plagued the subtext of cycling events for many years – the scourge of throwaway plastic.

Customers won’t be able to buy one of these compostable bottles yet. They are exclusively for the EF Education-EasyPost and EF Education-TIBCO-SVB pro teams.

Cannondale has said that its technology and compostable bottle supply chain would be open for licensing to rival pro teams next season.

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