Five ways to reduce your running footprint
If you enjoy running, we’re sure you appreciate your environment too. And you probably feel that as a runner, you’re already pretty environmentally-friendly as you don’t need much kit and you’re generally using your own two legs to get from A to B. Of course, sustainability is a huge issue right now and we can all make small changes that make a difference on a global scale. Living sustainably and helping to protect the environment often involves just a little forethought and planning, so that you don’t contribute to waste more than you have to. Keep your carbon footprint down with our top five tips.
- Travel sustainably
It sounds obvious if you’re running. It’s all about your own two feet. But if you can’t run from home, try to cycle to your destination. Use public transport where you can, to get to races or park runs, or share lifts. If there’s a group of you going to a race, consider hiring a minibus between you. Obviously it’s not always possible to leave the car at home, but every little helps to keep your running footprint down.
- Use a reusable water bottle
Asa a runner you need to carry water. But don’t accept the plastic bottles they give out at races. Take your own reusable water bottle and refill it with tap water. The quality of tap water is perfectly adequate in most cities.
If you’re a long-distance runner, running in hot climates, consider investing in a hydration vest. There are female-specific fits and these can have a bladder or carry your reusable water bottle so you can avoid water stops. The hydration bladder can even help keep you a few degrees cooler over your back.
- Support races that produce less waste
If you go to a race that hands out finisher T-shirts – say you don’t want one. Say the same to any plastic-filled goody bags (unless the plastic is recycled). Support races that offer digital race packs. Organisers will take note.
The organisers of the London marathon for example are already making great strides in sustainability. They want to become a world-leader in delivering sustainable mass participation events and have committed to zero landfill waste by December 2020. They have trialled Oohos, the edible-seaweed energy-drink capsules, that you may have heard about. As well as recycled bottle belts, reusable capes for runners and a closed-loop plastic-bottle recycling scheme in four London boroughs
If you can’t find a recycling bin at a race, take your rubbish home. Recycle your used running shoes and recycle or donate your old running gear. Use compostable cups.
- Buy sustainably
Buy quality, buy once. Primark has taught us that cheap clothing isn’t good for the people that make it or the planet. Think about the gear that you buy. Buy quality and it will last longer, keeping your carbon footprint down. Ryders eyewear offers high quality tech, built to last, in enduring styles, so you can wear it for years. It’s super comfortable for runners with features like interchangeable nose pads to find your perfect fit. Polarised lenses are ideal on bright days to eliminate glare and ambient haze. All the while offering 100% UVA, UVB, UVC protection, essential as global warming increases.