Words by Chloe Hay
In a year that’s set to be the beginning of a waste revolution, we look at some of the more sustainable cycling gear on the market
If you’ve resolved to be more eco-savvy in 2018, you’re definitely not alone. Whether it’s all down to David Attenborough, or if its China closing its doors on our plastic waste that’s made people take notice, one thing’s for sure: the sustainability movement is in full swing. And if you’re reading this feeling slightly smug that you’re already doing your bit by cycling everywhere, you may want to pause for a second to think about your cycling essentials… Helmet? Single-use plastic. Water bottle? Snap. Saddle cover? You get the idea.
And as we learn that every single toothbrush we’ve ever owned (that’s 100+ for the average 30-something-year-old) is still in existence today, it may just be time to rethink some of our consumer habits. That’s not to say go and replace all of your gear with greener alternatives (all that would do is create more waste!), but perhaps next time you’re in the market for a new piece of kit you might want to consider choosing a more sustainable replacement.
It’s still early days for eco-friendly bike brands, but there are thankfully some brilliant companies and people already creating beautiful pieces of kit from sustainable materials. Here are some of our favourites…