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Environmental responsibility

#Eco-friendly Trek

Environmental responsibility

The organizers of the trek have set up an action plan in order to raise the awareness of the participants regarding the protection of the environment during the race, keeping in mind that the ecological impact should be as low as possible.

#Eco-friendly charter

Raise awareness

With that spirit, the environment where the trek takes place is considered as a perimeter that should be protected, through easy actions that are plain common sense.

As stated in the eco-firendly charter that every participant has received, these simple reflexes will be reminded in the bivouac.

The Roses who participate in the trek commit to:

  1. leave no trace behind them in the desert.
  2. pick up any waste they can find on their way. It can seem as an obvious thing to do, but, in your daily life, who really picks up any waste thrown away by another person? Something to meditate before, during and after the trek, when the participants will face this situation in their daily life.
  3. bring containers as water bottles (hydration packs, camelbacks etc ) in order to carry your water as no plastic bottles will be handed out during the event. Thanks to this action, we invite the trek Roses to progressively think about using less plastic in their everyday lives.
  4. pick up the toilet paper used during the stages: the participants will walk for several hours in the desert and thus will drink a lot of water and they will have no choice but to take small breaks… that will end up in beautiful fires! The instructions are as simple as they are strict: you must pick up the toilet paper and put it in your garbage bag that will be thrown away at night in the bivouac or burn it immediately.

#SURFRIDER FOUNDATION

Awareness

In 2018, for the first edition, the team #100 wore the SURFRIDER FOUNDATION logo, the official ecology partner of the trek. The association works for the protection of the littoral and the ocean all over the world. Members of the local antenna of the association were present during this first edition and explained to the participants the actions of the NGO in Morocco during an event in the bivouac.

surfrider

#Eco-friendly behaviour

Act to protect the environment

In order to support the hiking Roses to adopt an eco-friendly behaviour, the organization members will distribute recyclable waste bags to all the teams for their waste management.

Regarding the plastic bottles used during the race, we estimate their number to 5000; organization members have carefully planned all the stages of their management:

  • consumption: when the hikers walk through the supply points they will have the possibility to fill their own containers (water bottles, backpacks etc). Thus empty, the plastic bottles will be kept in order to avoid any risk of pollution,
  • compression and transport is guaranteed thanks to a collaboration between the participants, the organization members and a local company that will collect the bottles until the last day of the trek before transporting them away,
  • recycling and transformation of the plastics thus collected will be made by a local recycling company that is specialized in a targeted management of the bottles, first through a compression process, then by turning them into granules before transforming them back into bottles, the plastic caps will be reused in the fabrication of different goods (stools, bags…).

In general, everything is planned during the Rose Trip to introduce and respect simple actions that, if reproduced in family life and on a daily basis are a great example of awareness and the beginning of a deeper understanding of the environmental impact that each individual can have.