To celebrate World Earth Day 2020 we bring you some of the top tips for remaining environmentally friendly while pursuing your passion and look at the eco credentials of some of the kit on the market.
Bring your own bottle and refill with water at check points. Just think of those thousands of plastic bottles lying half empty.
Be a Womble
Keep your empty wrappers in on you until you can dispose of them safely. If every runner thinks ‘one won’t matter’ the little pile soon builds up.
Focus on fibres
Try to avoid plastic or synthetic fibres in clothing like polyester, nylon and acrylic as they take a very long time to break down and add micro plastics to the environment.
You’re not a model!
Is it vital to have all the latest kit or can you make what you already have last. Will that new top / shoes / headband really make you faster?
Be vigilant and discerning
Check how your products are made – companies with ethical manufacturing tend to shout about it on their websites.
You’ve got a friend.
Car share to events – always good to have some to celebrate or commiserate with at the end.
Keen has made a concerted effort towards greener supply chains including removing PFCs – chemicals which take centuries to break down and can impact human health – from its products, using certified leather which has a lower impact of water supply and using pesticide-free insoles.
The yellow leather of Timberland is a classic and the company has now updated to include ReBOTL fabric in the classic 6-inch waterproof boot. ReBOTL is made from recycled plastic bottles and the nubuck leather is from a silver-rated sustainable tannery.