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Bye bye water bottles! Boutique gym chain becomes the first to BAN plastic in a bid to cut down on its 'mindless' over-consumption in the fitness industry

  • The boutique gym chain 1Rebel has introduced a new sustainability campaign
  • Will see plastic water bottles replaced by stainless steel versions 
  • Protein shakes will be packaged in bio-degradable containers – not plastic 
  • Is attempting to reduce the excessive consumption in the fitness industry  

A boutique gym chain has introduced a zero-tolerance rule on plastic bottles in an effort to reduce waste.

The group 1Rebel is ramping up its environmental credentials with a new sustainability campaign that will eliminate single-use plastic like water bottles and shake containers – familiar features of gyms everywhere – entirely across all of the brand's studios.  

The #RebelAgainstPlastic initiative will make the company the first boutique fitness studio to operate without any single-use plastic. 

 

London gym 1Rebel is operating a zero tolerance rule on single use plastic in the gym in an attempt to crack down the excessive use of the material in the fitness industry

London gym 1Rebel is operating a zero tolerance rule on single use plastic in the gym in an attempt to crack down the excessive use of the material in the fitness industry

Reusable stainless-steel containers will replace plastic water bottles across all studios; plastic cups for protein shakes will be switched to bio-degradable versions – complete with bio-degradable straws – and 100 per cent recyclable and re-usable kit bags will be introduced in all changing rooms.

The campaign is being launched at the company's new South Bank studio, which opened earlier this month – and then rolled out as across 1Rebel's three other new studio launches in 2018 – Bayswater, Victoria and Kings Cross.

The existing two city studios – at St Mary Axe and Broadgate – will then also adopt the same policy.

The boutique fitness centres are now offering biodegradable cups and stainless steel bottles in place of plastic

The boutique fitness centres are now offering biodegradable cups and stainless steel bottles in place of plastic

'We are all aware of the shocking statistics around the amount of plastic waste that ends up in our oceans every year,' said James Balfour, co-founder and CEO of 1Rebel. 

'As innovators in the fitness industry, we have a responsibility to tackle this problem and put an end to the mindless consumption of plastic that has become the norm within the gym environment. 

'We hope this inspires others to overhaul their waste and recycling policies in a similar way.'

As part of its commitment to sustainability, the company decided to act after calculating that its annual plastic bottle consumption exceeded over 37,000 units at its two City-based studios alone. 

The #RebelAgainstPlastic initiative will also expand across the company's supply chain this year and there will be regular employee briefings on how to reduce plastic consumption on a day-to-day basis.

Founded by entrepreneurs James Balfour and Giles Dean in 2015, 1Rebel offers high intensity, results-driven group workouts on a pay-as-you-train basis, against a backdrop of live music, DJ curated playlists, cutting-edge design and high-end facilities. 

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