Tomorrow, April 22 is Earth Day. You already recycle, take reusable bags to the grocery store, have a compost pile, buy local and eat in-season foods. So, as a runner, what other ways can you take care of the environment and protect it for generations to come?
We've compiled a few tips for you. #everydayisearthday
1. Find a Reuse-A-Shoe type campaign. Donate or recycle your old running shoes. Of course, they are also perfect for mowing the yard and doing chores.
2. Wash your running clothes with cold water and hang dry. Not only will you use less electricity, your clothes will last longer.
3. Ride your bike/walk/run to do errands. Yes, this is easier when you live in an area more conducive to foot traffic, but it can still be done, especially if you live in town.
4. Take up gardening! Not only will you get a bit of an extra workout, you'll have clean, healthy food.
5. Ride share to races and workouts if you cannot bike/walk/run there.
6. Use a reusable water bottle for runs and throughout the day. If you must use bottled water, recycle!
7. Bring your own bag to race expos.
8. Race local and participate in races making a choice to "go green"
9. Use old race shirts as cleaning cloths/rags
10. Invest in shoes made with bio-friendly materials
11. When you need new running gear, buy running clothes made from recycled post-consumer polyester. Some companies such as Patagonia will then recycle the clothes when you are done.
12. Donate money and time to local clean-up organizations, Rails-to-Trails, local park boards, etc that promote trails and running paths. Check with these organizations about clean-up days as well.
13. Organize a donation drive at a local race where runners can donate used items.
14. Run or bike to the gym instead of driving and/or find workout classes in the park to get your dose of fresh air and reduce energy consumption/use at the gym.
15. Look for specific (ex. "contains 75% post-consumer recycled materials") rather than vague statements about environmental impact.
16. Use your run/walk as a chance to clean up your community. Grab some friends and a few trash bags and pick up litter while logging a few easy miles.
17. We know your muscles are sore from that workout, but do you really need to be in the shower for 30 minutes? As nice as that hot water may feel, every two minutes of shower time you save can reduce your water consumption by ten gallons. So, reduce your shower time and save water and energy.
18. Plant a tree. Not only is it good for the air quality and environment, the shade it provides is a great place to relax after a long run.
19. We know you love your coffee. Invest in a reusable cup and sleeve. Not only will you reduce waste, but your coffee will stay warm longer! Additionally, lay off the K-Cups. Think about the amount of plastic and waste they produce.
20. Make sure to recycle the bottles and cans from that post-workout beer. Recycled glass reduces air related pollution by 20% and water related pollution by 50%.
Happy Earth Day, and Happy Running! See you in the morning for a tempo run!
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