WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
We have changed to 100% biodegradable, 100% plant based chain lubricant, chain cleaner and bike cleaner. It is supplied in recycled bottles and we get it shipped by land to reduce the CO2 footprint.
We now supply filtered tap water for the rides instead of bottled mineral water, the tap water is fine to drink in Lagos but it is nice to know that we have charcoal filtered the water to improve the taste, we also have a 1 micron filter to remove particles and micro plastics. If you don't have a reusable water bottle or hydration pack with you, we have BPA free one litre water bottles that we wash and reuse. The factory that makes these recycles 95% of its own plastic scrap back into making bottles. There is a mind blowing 500 billion single use drink bottles made every year. Bottled water costs around 2000x more than tap water!
We don't have e-mountain bikes and do not plan on having them. E-bikes are great when they replace car journeys but an e-bike has a much higher CO2 footprint than a normal bike. Lithium batteries currently have a life cycle of around 500 charges before they lose 50% of their capacity and at the moment are not recycled because the cost is too high. The batteries are manufactured in countries that are mostly fossil fuelled, it requires huge amounts of energy to produce the lithium batteries. Portugal is great with renewable energy but we still have fossil fuelled power stations meaning an e-bike is recharged using fossil fuels.
We try to make sure the fruit and vegetables we provide for lunch are sourced locally (within 100kms). We take back all the food waste and compost it to grow next years food, water that is not used is also taken back and used to water the vegetables.
Our t-shirts are from an award winning company who are cyclic in every stage of production. The cotton is organic, it is processed in a factory that recycles all the water it needs. The factory produces its own electricity and uses organic dye. We have been recycling everything we could since day one but now we are trying even harder to reduce the resources we use, we replace when necessary not when a new colour comes out!
We are making these decisions based on running a business, it is not meant to be a judgement on the choices any one makes in their own lives, everyone is free to make their own decisions! If you feel we have things wrong (there is always new information) or if you feel there is something else we can do, please get in contact.
Thanks Jim and Mike