Caring for the environment around us and the world of running are two things that seem to go hand in hand. I've always been passionate about living a ethical life, leaving no trace and trying to live in harmony with all those we share the planet with. With that in mind I've put together a list of 5 easy ways we can all make a difference to reduce our plastic consumption. It's something I'm trying to do everyday, to protect the planet and become a more responsible runner!
1. Get a reusable water bottle - On all my long runs I used to stop and buy a 60p bottle of water from the supermarket, drink it, then just throw it away. The cost soon mounts up, but more importantly that single use plastic bottle could well end up in the ocean after I've thrown it away. Now I take my hydration vest on my long runs, which not only uses less plastic, but it's cheaper too! For day to day away from running I bought a metal flask that now goes in the car, on the tube or wherever I'm travelling. You can throw it in your bag for after races, so you don't have to take a plastic one that is usually handed out as you cross the line.
2. Helping out locally - Have a look at the Marine Conversation website, clicking here. They list beach cleans going on all over the country, throughout the year. What better way of getting fit and doing good than heading out to collect plastic from our beautiful beaches!
3. Get a Spork! - Using plastic cutlery is just as bad as plastic bottles, so treat yourself to a metal spork that you can keep in your bag / car / office desk. Not exactly running related, but plastic cutlery, straws and cups are a big deal when we are trying to reduce plastic consumption, so metal permanent alternatives are great.
4. Campaign for your local races to use non plastic cups - I get it, drinking from bottles during a race is easy, quick and a time saver. But it only takes a few seconds extra to drink from a cup and you will be saving lives. There are plenty of biodegradable cups on the market these days, so make sure you are asking your local RD's if they can make a switch.
5. Put your muddy shoes in a tote bag, old sheets, a dry bag.. just about any bag other than a plastic bag. You're going to have to wash your muddy shoes anyway, so why not throw the bag into the machine too!
So have a think about what you can do, any change big or small will make a difference!