We at 8six400 love our planet and recognise the importance of healthy ecosystems. after all, nature is our playground when we race! So, when we read that 10% of worldwide CO2 comes from the clothing and textile industry, and that 60% of clothes are made from or with virgin plastic, we instantly knew that we wanted to be part of the solution - not the problem.
As you’ve heard countless times before, ocean plastic is a high-priority problem - you don’t need us to tell you that. With about 4.8 to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean each year1 and is only expected to triple by 2040 unless immediate action is taken2. As a wider term, ocean plastic sustainability can be translated to the effort to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans and its subsequent impact on marine ecosystems. Not only does plastic and its associated chemicals accumulate through the food chain, harming marine wildlife, but over time it affects the health and livelihoods of people who depend on the ocean for food and income. To address this issue, there are several approaches that can be taken, including reducing the use of single-use plastics, increasing recycling and proper disposal of plastic waste, and developing new technologies to clean up existing plastic pollution in the ocean. Raising awareness about the issue and encouraging individuals, businesses, and governments to take action is crucial in creating a sustainable future for our oceans and this is the key path to halt the plastic tide.
With that in mind, our goal is to reduce the amount of plastic in our oceans, starting with what we know best: the motorsport world.
When it comes to choosing where we develop and produce our motorsport apparel, we look at a range of factors including materials, price, labour practices as well as the accreditations of the factories. We often visit the people involved in the production of our garments, and deeply care about the ethics of our supply chain, as well as ensuring the most carbon-efficient mode of transport.
Please also see link for our Environmental Policy:
- Jambeck, J.R. et al. (2015) “Plastic waste inputs from land into the Ocean,” Science, 347(6223), pp. 768–771. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1260352.
- Lau, W.W. et al. (2020) “Evaluating scenarios toward Zero plastic pollution,” Science, 369(6510), pp. 1455–1461. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aba9475.