Much of the ski industry has been slow to deliver greener options for skiers and snowboarders, but there are resorts, organisations and businesses which are starting to make a mark and lead the way for change.
Co-founders of Wimbledon-based WhoSki.com Sally Warren and Nicola Davenport were invited by Sustainable Merton to discuss the circular economy, how the wintersports clothing we purchase impacts on the environment, some of the moves forward in the industry, and how a few changes can make your ski habits greener.
The eye-watering facts:
- the PFC chemicals in outdoor clothing are harmful to wildlife
- it can take up to 200 years for the polyester used in ski wear to break down
- 23% of the clothes in the average Londoner’s wardrobe are NEVER worn
- 70% of snow cover globally could disappear by the year 2100
Top tips for a greener ski habit, from the WhoSki webinar:
- take the train or drive to the slopes rather than fly
- take your own water bottle
- choose a green resort (some are wind- and solar-powered)
- choose a car-free resort (eg Avoriaz, Les Arcs 1950)
- use a sustainable travel agent and offset your trip
- buy good as new secondhand ski clothing – and sell it on when you no longer need it
- insist on eco-friendly ski and snowboard wax (toxic hydrocarbon waxes leach chemicals into the snow which can end up in the water table)
- choose a clothing range that uses recycled/eco-friendly materials when buying new (eg Planks, Picture) – and check whether it can be recycled
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Happy green skiing!
Sally and Nicola, Co-founders, WhoSki.com.