OTHER: ecological running part 2

The first part, we discussed mostly the events and how they have started to take part in environmental aspects and what you can do. This part is all about equipment, especially clothes and shoes.

If you type ecological running gear in Google, you will find a lot of sports brands which are one way or another eco-friendly, many of these brands are smaller and not globally as well known as Nike, Adidas, etc. mass producer brands. Peak and flow, BAM, Sundried, Patagonia, Vivobarefoot, etc. are some point eco-friendly. They either use materials that are recyclable or pay attention to the manufacturing process or donate money to the environment.

We all know that most of the sports gears are made up synthetic fibre, which is not decomposable. Synthetic fibres are popular in sports its ability to dry quickly, its lightness and its flexibility. Many brands are starting to find alternative material and one of the most popular material is bamboo. Bamboo is anti-bacterial, odour resistant, anti-fungal, hardwearing, 100 per cent biodegradable, the problem is that most bamboo fabrics are chemically produced, which made it non-eco-friendly. Also, there are only several regions in the world that produce bamboo, so transport emission raise high. China is the biggest bamboo producer and due to its great popularity, bamboo has been cultivated on unsuitable land, which at the same time destroys a wild forest.

In the end, there are impossible to find products that are 100% eco-friendly, either the products itself, manufacturing, transportation or other things cause harm for the environment and climate.

So what you can really do? Check your wardrobe. Do you have plenty of shirts, shorts and other training wears, you don’t even really use? Can you donate them rather than throw away, or maybe start to use? Do you buy new clothes, because they are nice, but you don’t even need them? Do you have tons of running shoes you have used a couple of times, and buy a new one because there are sales or new model?

If you answered yes, even one of the question above. Think, do you really need twenty-plus different running t-shirt or newest model of your favourite running shoe brands?

If possible favour local smaller brand, that manufacturing their products locally the eco-friendly products. Of course, this is not always possible, but consider the products that take apart environmental issues. For example, Adidas has started to use recycled ocean plastic in their shoes and clothes and Nike says they use recycled material. The more people put pressure the big companies the more there will be changes. We are customers and eventually, we have power.

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