Nerd Alert Podcast: Can cycling apparel brands cut back on plastic bag use?

James spoke with two cycling apparel companies, Ornot and Pearl Izumi, about the use of polybags and sustainability in their field.

by Abby Mickey

photography by James Huang


With very few exceptions, every piece of cycling clothing you buy comes in its own individual bag — or “polybag” as it’s commonly called in the industry. When you take into account the size of the global cycling apparel industry, and the number of individual garments, that’s a lot of plastic bags. Has it always been this way? How did we get here? And what do we do about it? In this week’s episode, James chats with two apparel brands, Ornot and Pearl Izumi, to assess the current state of things, find out how things are already improving, and why we still have a long way to go.


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