Reusing equipment extends its life and reduces the ecological footprint linked to waste. Sarah wants you to consider your approach to using and disposing of your gear.

Finding sponsors and suppliers to support this goal can be an athlete’s most impactful way to protect the planet.

Check out the “How to be a Sustainable Champion” guide to find out how you can make a difference.

Looking after the environment is very important to me not just as an athlete, but as a citizen of the world.

As athletes, we are part of the problem, but we can also be part of the solution. There are some things we can do if we’re concerned about climate change and damage to the environment. The first thing is to look at our travel and to see if we can avoid flying by taking more ecologically responsible modes of transport.

That may not be possible every time, so one of the most important things we can do is to make sure we look after our equipment so that we don’t need to use and buy new things and, when we do, give our old equipment to the people who need them.

Discover more tips in the “How to be a Sustainable Champion” guide, which was produced with involvement from the Athlete365 Community.


Looking after the environment is very important to me not just as an athlete, but as a citizen of the world.

Sarah Hanffou

Support reuse of equipment

With my sponsor, Cornilleau, we launched the project ‘Rubbers for All’. The goal is to collect unwanted table tennis equipment (mainly rubbers and rackets) throughout France and distribute it for reuse all over the world.

One thing I really expect from my sponsor is to support me with equipment. I also want my sponsor to be consistent with my values and commitments. That is why I asked Cornilleau to help me with my ecological work and we decided to launch a project together to reduce waste and support the reuse of equipment.

Collection boxes are set up in the 400 clubs and institutions participating in the project, collecting old rubbers and blades. Members can throw their old equipment in the box and, through my NGO and Cornilleau, we give this equipment to people in parts of the world where it isn’t easy to get. The operation is now supported by the French Table Tennis Federation.


I also want my sponsor to be consistent with my values and commitments.

Sarah Hanffou

Your commitment can benefit others

To give you an idea, the rubbers cost between EUR 20 and 80. Professional players change them about three-to-four times per month (and therefore some use almost 100 rubbers per year). An amateur can change two or three times a year. The price makes the rubbers not very accessible, and the number of rubbers used leads to a significant ecological, cost even though a lot of discarded rubbers are still usable.

Around 16 years ago I had the chance to visit the table tennis national team of Niger. It was a shock for me, and I realised how privileged I was. They didn’t have many balls and they played on a roadside table with a completely twisted net – sport as I know it is not accessible to people in many parts of the world.

I decided then to collect equipment rather than putting it into the bin and to send it to people who need it.

Learn about other ways you can help in the fight for a better planet through Athlete365’s sustainability page.