An eco-friendly runner has launched a campaign to swap t-shirt prizes for the chance to plant a tree.
Jim Mann’s Trees Not Tees initiative gives runners the chance to plant a tree rather than take home a t-shirt when they complete their race.
Trees Not Tees has purchased land in Scotland where they are planting a native forest of beech, oak, hazel, maple and alder.
‘The environmental cost of making a T-shirt is huge. It takes the same amount of water that a person drinks in two-and-a-half years to make a single cotton T-shirt, plus over 2kg of carbon,’ said a Trees not Tees spokesman. ‘If it’s never even worn, all of those precious resources were spent for nothing.
‘Equally, the environmental benefit of planting a tree is huge. It helps us fight against climate change by taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, it provides a home for a diverse range of species, and it gives us clean air to breath.’
When Trees Not Tees plants a tree they send a PDF certificate via email to the participant with a picture of their young tree, details of its species and a geo-location address on what3words.com.
Event organisers can sign up to this amazing scheme at www.treesnottees.com