Is your sport hurting the environment?
Looking after your body doesn’t always look after the world.
You may, for example, buy a bottle of water every so often after you train. Staying hydrated is a good thing, right?
But did you know that the production of those water bottles uses 17 million barrels of oil a year? Not to mention the additional 50 million to pump, process, transport and refrigerate the water.
It gets you thinking – how you can you stay fit, healthy and active, and still be green?
4 ways to be a clean, green athlete
1. Go outside
You’ve got a world of options right outside your front door. Save money (and resources!) on a gym membership and create an outdoor fitness programme.
Hit the streets and go for a run or a bike ride. Live near the ocean or a lake? Swim. Find out where your local trail walks or mountain bike tracks are. Go climbing. Get out there!
2. Buy consciously
What went into making your workout gear?
By all means select your gear for its performance abilities, but there’s a great many green products that offer the same functionality and have less impact on the environment.
Think organic cotton workout gear, recycled plastic, snowboards made from bamboo, etc.
3. Be water wise
Tap water is drinkable!
And bottled water is bad in so many ways – an estimated 80% of water bottles don’t get recycled and, because of the plastic production process, it takes three times the amount of water in a water bottle to produce just one!
So don’t be a waster – get a reusable bottle or choose an environmentally friendly option.
4. Go petroleum free
Stop using petroleum and try the natural alternative to vaseline we’ve created.
Got a tip you’d like to add?
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