Plastic in the sea? That just isn’t cricket!

A cricket team have joined force with Sky in an initiative to reduce the amount of single-use plastic used at the Oval cricket ground in London. The Kia Oval team and Sky Ocean […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A cricket team have joined force with Sky in an initiative to reduce the amount of single-use plastic used at the Oval cricket ground in London.

The Kia Oval team and Sky Ocean Rescue have teamed up to cut plastic ahead of the ground’s upcoming 100th Test match by raising awareness of the issue of ocean health and asking cricket fans to help solve the problem

Around 20,000 limited edition refillable water bottles will be handed out to fans during the match and 20 free water points have been installed around the grounds to significantly reduce the amount of plastic bottles and cups consumed across the five days.

Currently, less than half of the UK’s plastic bottles are recycled and in the time it takes to bowl one over in a game of cricket, the equivalent of four rubbish truck’s worth of plastic will be dumped in the world’s seas.

Kia Oval CEO, Richard Gould, said: “We’re very proud to announce the work we are doing with Sky Ocean Rescue, as part of our aim to make the Kia Oval a plastic free sporting venue.

“During the course of the 100th Test, we’re challenging our ticket holders to make simple behavioural changes that will have a dramatic impact on ocean health.”

Adidas has created a series of football shirts made from ocean plastic.