In an exciting step forward in the European Outdoor Conservation Association’s (EOCA) new focus on tackling plastic pollution, the association is asking exhibitors at this summer’s OutDoor by ISPO trade show to sign up to a pledge to reduce, if not eliminate, the amount of single-use plastic at the show.

Following the launch in January of the association’s Plastic Free: Mountain to Sea campaign, EOCA is working with its members and the European outdoor industry to clean up plastic waste already causing harm in habitats from the summits of mountains to the shores of the seas, whilst also reducing their use of everyday single-use plastics. This will be in conjunction with educating and inspiring outdoor enthusiasts to get involved to combat the issues.

With this in mind, EOCA has today launched its Plastic Pledge to reduce single-use plastic waste at trade shows – specifically OutDoor at ISPO at the end of June. EOCA is encouraging as many of its members to sign up to the Pledge as a first step to making trade shows more sustainable. Non-members of EOCA are invited to get on board with the Pledge as well, for the price of a donation to EOCA’s public fundraiser project – for which every €10 donated will clean an area of habitat the size of two Olympic swimming pools.

Joint General Manager of EOCA, Tanya Bascombe commented “We are really excited to be getting the outdoor industry thinking and committing to reducing their single-use plastic at trade shows in this way. The Pledge commits people to provide sources of drinking water, not to use or provide single-use plastic on their stands and to provide reusables for drinks and food, under the banner Bring it. Use it. Repeat! The more companies we can get signing up to this Pledge the better – even non-members of EOCA – because at the end of the day every plastic cup, bottle and straw saved from ending up in landfill or the ocean is a step forward for our wildlife, climate and the wild spaces we enjoy”.

For more information about the Pledge or to get involved, please contact info@outdoorconservation.eu


About EOCA

The European Outdoor Conservation Association is an initiative from the European outdoor industry with the objective of protecting the wild areas it cares so passionately about.

Designed to harness the incredible power of the outdoor industry and to raise money to donate to grassroots conservation groups, the European Outdoor Conservation Association is funded by membership and other fundraising activities within the outdoor industry. 100% of membership fees go to the support of projects. Membership is open to anyone that can demonstrate an involvement in the European outdoor industry.

From January 2015, a select group of ‘Sustaining Members’ have pledged their support to EOCA by committing to fund the sustainable growth of the organisation with an extra €10,000 per year for the next three years, over and above their annual membership fee. This money will be used to finance the running of the Association and support its sustainable growth, also enabling a move to 2 funding rounds per year.

The current EOCA Sustaining Members are Pertex, KEEN Footwear, Nikwax, ISPO (Messe München), and the European Outdoor Group (EOG), which is also the Founder Member of the Association.