We all love a bit of exercise, but do you ever look at the stuff you are using and wonder if it is bad for the environment? You are not alone and many people are making the switch to more eco-friendly products to help reduce their carbon footprint. If you are stuck for ways that you can make your workout greener, here are some of our favourite things.
Reusable water bottles
We know we are not alone when it comes to water bottles. If you can’t drink your tap water, which unfortunately some people can’t, the best thing you can do is recycle your single-use plastic bottles so they don’t end up in a landfill. For others who can use tap water, Hippo Bottles offer an alternative to reusable plastic bottles. Metal or glass bottles are becoming very popular these days. So, not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, you’ll be one of the cool kids too.
When you start practising yoga, you might want to pick out the prettiest mat to use for downward-facing dog. However, as you get into your practice, you might feel bad about the plastic mat you are using. Every time you roll up your mat, it causes cracks and splits, and this causes microplastics. Invest in a mat that is made from natural materials. There are plenty of alternatives including mats made from natural tree rubber or bamboo. And, as a bonus, many of these materials are vegan friendly and can be popped in a compost heap to return to the earth when it is time to get rid of them.
The clothes that we wear are another big offender when it comes to microplastics. Although you can get a bag to wash your clothes in, there are some places which are doing more to help the environment. Places such as Unwonted Apparel are switching all of their workout clothes to recycled plastics and plant trees to help offset their carbon footprint. If you can, always have a check to see how your sports gear is made to ensure that it is making an impact where it counts. Of course, you can also go the natural fibre route to cut down completely on the plastic that you are using.
Trainers and shoes
If you are a runner, you will be aware that your shoes don’t last as long as you want them to. The average runner can go through several pairs of shoes in a year. The main reason for the constant changing is that the shock absorbance can disappear over time. Once this starts to go, you run the risk of an injury. Some runners choose to keep their old running shoes and wear them as part of their general wardrobe. However, if you don’t like the thought of keeping them, you can donate them to various charities such as Soles4Souls to help people in need. This way your shoes can continue to be used after you have invested in a new pair of running shoes.