The SailGP team from Japan have launched an environmental campaign, backed by PlymouthLive, for themselves and others to cut down on their plastic waste and work towards a “plastic free world”.

It comes as top sailing teams from around the world head to the city this week, ahead of the Sailing Grand Prix in Plymouth Sound this weekend.

As part of a community project ahead of the race weekend, Japan Sail GP Team has chosen to tackle the scourge of plastic and its impact on the climate crisis and is urging Janners to get involved and pledge to do their bit to really cut down their use of plastic.

You can pledge to take part using the form below

The team has joined up with international solutions organisation A Plastic Planet as its chosen partner and PlymouthLive is backing the project to bring people together in the fight against plastic pollution.

We’re inviting readers to take the Plymouth Plastic Promise to:

– Choose one plastic thing in your life and give it up forever
– Try to wear completely plastic-free clothing for Race Weekend – that means no polyester!
– Not buy any food or drink for Race Weekend that is wrapped in plastic

The Japan SailGP Team’s purpose statement is: “Unwrapping Japan, working towards a plastic free world to help fight climate change” and a ‘commitment mark’ celebrating the statement is set to appear on the team’s 24-metre wingsail at the SailGP event in Plymouth this weekend.

The annual, global sports championship features the sport’s best athletes representing eight nations and sees teams race in identical supercharged catamarans that “fly” above the water at high speeds -competing for sailing’s largest monetary prize of $1m.

Each of the teams race for a purpose, and the entire event is “climate-positive” and focused on clean energy. The event aims to be the world’s “most sustainable and purpose-driven global sports and entertainment platform”. The championship consists of nine events, which take place across the globe throughout the season.

The Japan SailGP Team is currently in third place, with seven events to go.

Co-founder of A Plastic Planet, Sian Sutherland said: “We all know the incredible power of sport to unite people – especially in the UK right now!

“We are so proud to be working with the Japan SailGP Team. This really is the future of sport – not only are the races hugely exciting, the entire event is also a catalyst for positive change. The plastic crisis and the climate crisis are so connected and it is amazing to have such leadership shown from Team Japan to show this.

“The Plymouth Plastic Promise is a way the people of Plymouth can come together to say NO to plastic for race weekend.

“This city has an inspiring track record of pioneering plastic free change, and we hope residents and spectators will help us amplify the Japan team’s purpose around the world.”

CEO and driver for the Japan SailGP Team, Nathan Outerridge said: “SailGP is a unique event because you race for much more than the win just on the water.

“Every team has a purpose and a commitment to deliver a better future for our sport and the planet. We all race for the future.

“Plastic is a much bigger crisis than what we can see in our oceans and environment, it’s intrinsically linked to climate change too because it’s made of fossil fuels.

“It was important to us that we recognised its all-encompassing impact when we decided upon our purpose.

“We chose A Plastic Planet as our cause because they recognise this. They’re not just focused on tackling plastic pollution, but are driven to turn the plastic tap off at source.”

COO of the Japan SailGP Team said, Kazuhiko ‘Fuku’ Soufuku added: “Living in Japan, we have plastic everywhere. We’re the third biggest producer of plastic in the world, and so much of what we buy is wrapped in it.

“It’s important that as a nation we start working towards being plastic free, and we’re proud to be displaying this message and purpose on our boat to a global audience, starting with the event in Plymouth.”