Getting Europe Active … at Home!

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“Lovers of the outdoors across Europe continue to face restrictions in what we can do outside, and when and where we can do it. For now, we must all stay patient and follow the rules. When we eventually emerge from this crisis, the hills, mountains, valleys, parks and coastlines will still be there waiting for us.

In the meantime, we can continue to find ways to be active in and around our homes, exercising the body and mind in all sorts of ways. The outdoor industry has a long record of innovation and imagination and that is really obvious now more than ever. Our #outdoorsathome project has gone from strength to strength in the last month. Use the link below to access loads of inspiration and practical ideas that people of all ages can put into practice at home, wherever they live. (more…)

EOCA’s spring funded projects announced

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Following a nail-biting members’ vote, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is delighted to announce three projects which will receive funding from the organisation this Spring.

The rapidly changing global circumstances over the last 2 months unfortunately led to the cancellation of the popular public online vote to help EOCA chose its first funded projects of 2020.  However, following a record number of 120 applications late last year, the members’ private vote went ahead as planned over the last 2 weeks, presenting 6 shortlisted projects all looking for support for their vital conservation work.  Despite lockdown and working from home, the largest number of EOCA members to date got involved in having their say.

The first three projects to be funded this year are: (more…)

EUROPEAN OUTDOOR SUMMIT POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

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It is with regret that, due to the uncertain current situation with COVID-19, the European Outdoor Group (EOG) has taken the difficult decision to postpone the European Outdoor Summit (EOS) until 2021.  The Summit will take place in Annecy, France, in the autumn, and the EOG is currently looking at suitable dates, which will be announced shortly.

This decision has been made as a result of consultation with Outdoor Sports Valley (OSV), the EOS partners for 2020 and the EOG board. Due to the impact that COVID-19 is having on our industry, as well as the different stages of development of the virus in different European countries, combined with the general uncertainty, the EOG believe that the best decision is to postpone the event to ensure its value for all involved. (more…)

EOCA’s Plastic Pledge Makes a Difference
at ISPO 2020

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The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is proud to announce that at ISPO 2020, around 85% of its exhibiting members plus 13 non members implemented its Plastic Pledge, avoiding the use of single-use plastic when serving refreshments on their stands.  These actions, together with those taken by Messe München, DB Schenker and individual visitors at the show significantly reduced plastic waste from the show.

Prior to OutDoor by ISPO 2019, EOCA launched its Plastic Pledge, calling on exhibitors to reduce their single-use plastic waste produced at the show. The Pledge committed exhibitors to not use or provide single-use plastic bottled drinks, to take all possible measures to avoid single-use plastic food or drink items and to provide a source of drinking water for visitors and staff to use to refill their own bottles and mugs throughout the 4 days. In addition, EOCA provided guidance notes on reducing other single-use plastics associated with attending tradeshows.  At OutDoor by ISPO 2019, 60% of EOCA members signed and implemented the Pledge.  Interest grew, and EOCA was delighted that by ISPO 2020, around 85% of EOCA members had signed the Pledge, as well as 13 non-members of EOCA.  In addition, many individual visitors signed up to support the Pledge on the EOCA stand and many more purchased reusable bottles, cups and flasks to use around the show and beyond.

Camelbak and Klean Kanteen served fabulous coffee at the show – but only into reusable cups. In total, they served around 2000 coffees and so saved 2000 single-use cups being used.  EOCA worked with Messe München who supported the aims of the Pledge by providing access to kitchens in all halls for washing of reusable items and installed hydration stations in half of the halls.  Single-use carpet at the show was also reduced, a move that EOCA very much supports and hopes to see reduce further at future shows.

DB Schenker is responsible for storing all of the boxes of products generously donated to EOCA by its members for sale at the shows and then transporting them to and from the EOCA booth. Traditionally, these boxes are shrink wrapped for the journey on the pallet trolley between the storage area and the stand.  Prior to the show, EOCA asked DB Schenker if reusable items could be used to secure the boxes and were delighted when they immediately agreed. In fact no materials were used to secure the boxes stacked safely on the trolley.  It is estimated that this saved 5kg of single-use shrink wrap being used. As well as reducing plastic waste, this has reduced our carbon footprint at the show.  Not using 5kg of shrink wrap saves the production of 13kg of carbon dioxide equivalent*.  One tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent is estimated to be around the size of a hot air balloon.  It is easy to see how the various actions taken at this show through the plastic pledge will have saved many carbon emission equivalents, and more importantly, how we can reduce many hot air balloons of carbon emission equivalents by expanding the actions we all take to reduce single-use plastic use at this and other shows.  (more…)