Cycling is a fantastic way to protect the environment and keep us and our planet healthy, but there is still a lot more to do. Here at Dorvics we’re always looking at ways to do our bit for the environment and have looked at how we manage waste. All of our cardboard bike packaging is recycled and we also recycle all metal components replaced on bikes.
We’re now starting to look at reducing plastic waste and the first items we’ve identified are the spray bottles of degreaser and bike wash, of which we sell between 30-40 each week, as when empty, these bottles are just thrown away.
We are very proud to be the first local bike shop (that we’re aware of) to reduce single-use plastic spray bottles but setting up a ‘Refill Station’. Simply return your bottle, bring a new one, or buy one from us and fill it up at the Refill Station in the shop. Not only will you save the planet but you will save 40% of the cost on every re-filled bottle. You can buy it in multiples of 100ml for just 60p per 100ml.
In the UK there are an estimated 15 million bottles littered, landfilled or incinerated every day. This is believed to produce up to 233,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. Plastic bottles are the most commonly found item in our rivers and are in the top 10 most commonly found items on beaches across Europe. There are now over 159 plastic bottles for every mile of beach in the UK.