As a keen runner and lover of the great outdoors, I’ve been thinking lately about the footprint I am leaving on the earth. The metaphorical footprint that is, not the one in the sand when I go for a beach run.
Whilst I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, I’ve certainly been doing my fair share of research in the hunt for more ethical and environmentally friendly choices. It doesn’t take long to uncover some rather sobering facts. For example, according to the World Wildlife Fund, it can take 2,700 litres of water to produce the cotton needed to make a single t-shirt. Wow.
Moving on to runners, did you know that a new pair of synthetic running shoes typically generates 13.6 kgs of carbon dioxide emissions? This is the equivalent to leaving a 100-watt bulb burning for a week (Source: The Guardian). Further, some of the materials commonly found in running shoes can last for as long as 1,000 years in landfill.
Not to mention the polyester running tops that most of us know and love that are (sadly!) not biodegradable. Due to their unsustainable nature, these tops will take anywhere between 20 and 200 years to decompose.
It’s a strange irony to think that our running outfits have the potential to outlive us, long after we’ve discarded them.
Amidst all of this doom and gloom though is a positive.
A huge opportunity for us as a running community to get together and support some of the organisations out there that are making a difference. I like to call them the change-makers and they will become the cornerstone of my online shop that is due to open later this year.
Earth Runner is all about giving the runners of the world the inspiration and opportunity to reduce their footprint on the planet. It’s really that simple.
Every decision we make has an impact, down to the undies we like to wear under our compression tights. So why not make a decision that has a positive impact?
If you know of any trailblazers out there that are producing ethical and sustainable running products, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.
Enjoy your next run, and let’s tread lightly!