At Oxfam, it’s not just our logo that’s green!
Oxfam Canada’s vision is of a fair world in which people control their own lives, their basic rights are achieved and the environment is healthy and sustained. As the organisers of Oxfam Trailwalker in Canada, we are committed to minimizing our ecological footprint.
Every little bit helps
We endeavour to do our best to conserve resources, reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment. We have made a commitment to measuring our environmental impact so that we can ensure we make positive improvements year after year. We will annually review the results, and then implement best-practice strategies to further protect the very environment we use for our Oxfam Trailwalker events.
What We Are Doing
During the event every checkpoint will have a designated Waste Station with both rubbish and recycling bins. All teams, support crews and volunteers are asked to make use of these facilities and discard their waste responsibly.
Impact on the trail
Park authorities and other stakeholders in each state are involved in the planning of the event to ensure the chosen trails are suitable and environmental impacts are minimal.
Supporting local communities
Wherever possible, Oxfam Trailwalker seeks the support of local business, schools and organizations to ensure the local community benefits from the event. We source all volunteer meals from local community organizations.
Recycled materials and ethical clothing
Oxfam Trailwalker promotional materials are printed on recycled paper. We also use recyclable or biodegradable cups, cutlery and crockery, and all signage is reusable. The T-shirts that staff and volunteers wear during the event are sweatshop-free.
What You Can Do
Our overall principals are to reduce, reuse and recycle, but we can’t do this without a little help from the participants and support crews. There are a number of simple steps you and your team can take to help us care for the beautiful environment you experience in this extraordinary event!
Stick to the trail
Don’t go bush bashing! To reduce your impact on the environment, stick to the trail, especially in boggy sections; avoid handling overhanging and surrounding foliage; and avoid standing on tree roots.
Be an eco-walker
Adopt a ‘take in, take out’ policy when on the trail to ensure that you don’t leave any rubbish behind. Take it one step further and pick up all the rubbish you find.
Leave the car at home and use public transport where available to get to the trail. If a car is necessary, try to car pool with your team mates or other Trailwalkers.
Ditch the disposable, go reusable
Ask your support crew to use reusable containers, mugs, plates and cutlery. Ditch the cling wrap, foil, zip lock bags, and individually-wrapped items. Use a reusable drink bottle or hydration pack and fill up at each checkpoint. Buy powdered sports drinks and mix them yourselves instead of buying bottled sports drinks.
Waste not, want not
Make sure your waste goes in the correct bins at our Checkpoint Waste Stations on event weekend.
After the event, put your printed materials in the recycling (unless you would like to keep them as a souvenir!). All Oxfam materials are printed on 100% recycled paper Your race bibs are also recyclable.