This page is not designed to preach about being ‘green’, but does aim to offer advice and ideas on making our sport and lifestyles as environmentally friendly as possible. In general, we hope you can use our tips to reduce your carbon footprint resulting from your sport, and promote a culture of recycling and reuse:
- Do you need to offset your carbon emissions? Go to the link for further information http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Environmentandgreenerliving/Thewiderenvironment/Climatechange/DG_070060
- Do your running shoes really need replacing? If they’ve done their job, place them in the textile recycling bank so someone else may get some use. If not, squeeze a few more miles out of them or use them as leisure wear.
- Incorporate your daily commute into your training programme if possible
- Bike or run to club / group training sessions / work
- All that training generates lots of washing so reduce the temperature setting on the washing machine and use environmentally sensitive detergents such as Ecover http://www.ecover.com/gb/en/default.aspx
- Use reusable drinks bottles rather than disposable plastic bottles. There are now a number of biodegradable bottles being made.
- Use biodegradable bike cleaning products such as Muc-Off
- Buy second hand equipment, you’ll be amazed at the bargains you can get!
- Train outdoors as much as possible, reducing use of powered gym equipment such as treadmills
- Take your rubbish with you. Even during the heat of racing, you can tuck those bar and gel wrappers away and dispose of them properly later. Race organisers are under increasing pressure from local authorities and litter is becoming a big issue, so help give your sport a good name!
- Race locally as much as possible, reducing the need to travel and supporting races in your area
- Find a local/national charity project that takes your old sports kit and equipment and donates it to developing countries
At the 2011 Tour de France the riders were encouraged to hold onto their gel and bar wrappers until they reached designated rubbish collection zones. You could see many riders putting wrappers back in their pockets and then discarding them at the collection points - if they can do it at the highest level, then so can we! This is now becoming the norm at elite level but we have a way to go before everyone conforms to this ethos and keeps their rubbish until it can be properly disposed of.