The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has pledged to get rid of singe-use plastics at its global events.

It made the announcement it is joining the CleanSeas campaign earlier this month, along with seven international sporting bodies and 20 national Olympic Committees. The International Ice Hockey Federation, World Golf and the International Association of Athletics Federations are among the other signatories.

“This is the biggest commitment ever made from sport to address plastic pollution. The International Olympic Committee’s Clean Seas pledge will transform the awareness and use of plastic waste in sport. We are delighted to see the actions taken by so many sporting organisations as well as sponsors,” said Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of UN Environment and a member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission.”

Efforts are already well underway to make the 2020 Olympics in Japan an exemplar of the circular economy.