Is Having a Healthy Body Healthy for the Environment?

Erika2As you may (or may not) know, about half of the E4 team are keen runners. Six members of the team recently took part in Whole Earth Man Vs Horse Marathon, you can read our race report here.

I’ve dabbled in running since University but only took it up regularly since last year. Running seems to be getting popular all the time (or I’ve just noticed it more now I run on a regular basis). It is often described as a great sport ‘to get into’ as you don’t need any special equipment, which is true, the only important items you need are good trainers (and maybe a sports bra!). It can be as cheap or expensive as you make it.

However the more you do, the more you might want to invest in the right sort of kit. These are readily available today with many high street and supermarket brands selling their own lines of active wear – Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer and H&M all have good quality products at a price most of us can afford. But what goes into making these products and are they as green and environmentally friendly as running is often marketed!?

The number of brands making clothing from sustainable sources is growing. Clothes have been made using recycled plastics for a number of years but in the last few years the quality has greatly improved and now it can often come as a surprise to discover an item of clothing you have purchased has been produced from recycled waste.

I bought a pair of Ripcurl board shorts recently which were made from recycled waste which I wouldn’t have known if it weren’t for the label:

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Most of the big sports brands have started using recycled plastics in some of their ranges. The Strip that England wore in the most recent World Cup was made from recycled plastic bottles. There are even some companies that specialise in making apparel from old coffee grounds.

Nike (who designed the England World Cup strip) and Adidas are planning major investments in clothes made from recycled plastics. Adidas recently revealed a new concept – a running shoe created entirely from ocean plastic waste. Partnered with Parley for Oceans, the shoes are created using reclaimed waste sourced from the coast of West Africa. Adidas and Parley for the Oceans intend to release real consumer products later in the year.

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Photo source: CIWM

As well as purchasing these types of products you can also support good causes by buying goods from companies that support environmental and human rights causes. Greatist have provided a list of 14 athletic wear companies that do just that!

We are still on the lookout for our next event, have you seen anything that you think we should enter!?

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Blog post by Erika Stelfox-Griffin

E4environment is an environmental consultancy providing professional, practical advice and expertise to both the private and public sector on a wide range of environmental issues.

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