Happy Earth Day everyone! Started back in 1970, the first Earth Day was an attempt to put environmental concerns and causes in the forefront of peoples minds. Today we continue this tradition and “celebrate” by taking time to appreciate the planet we have and engaging in activities to make it better for generations to come.
I’ve always had an interest in nature, the environment, and conservation. True Story: I went to “Eco Camp” one summer and even participated in the “1999 Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon.” Yup, THAT happened.
Reduce, reuse, recycle. We’ve all heard it before. But now recycling efforts are going far beyond your Sunday newspaper and cereal boxes. In honor of Earth Day, I’ve created a round-up of unique and interesting ways that runners/athletes can do their part to be environmentally conscious!
Give Your Shoes A Second Chance
Did you know that your old sneakers can be recycled or even reused??
Our local running store, Charm City Run, partners with an organization called “Soles 4 Souls” which collects donations of worn sneakers, cleans them, and sends them to people in need all over the world. According to their site, Americans threw away over 300 million pairs of shoes last year alone! Imagine all the good those could do.
In addition, Nike sponsors a “Reuse a Shoe” program which takes old pairs of shoes, breaks them down into their rubber, foam and fiber components, and turns them into running tracks and court surfaces. So cool!
Treasure, Not Trash
What to do with all those race bibs you accumulate? Many people simply throw them out. Why not repurpose?
RACE BIB HOLDER
Proudly display your accomplishments instead of throwing them away. You may remember my post about this “DIY Race Bib Holder” that I made as a gift last year. A quick trip to the craft store for supplies and you’ll be all set!
RACE BIB COASTERS
Mile Stones is a shop on Etsy that can turn your race bibs in to fun coasters!
“Do NOT stash those race numbers in a drawer! Celebrate your triathlon, marathon, 5k or any other endurance event with Mile Stones ™. Great conversation piece for the coffee table, the man-cave, the counter at your store or as a paperweight in the office. Great way to commemorate a milestone race!”
RACE SHIRT REUSEABLE BAG
I know I am guilty of having race t-shirts in my closet that sit there and collect dust. The one and only Martha Stewart has a great idea for putting them to good use:
A t-shirt reusable tote bag! The steps sound simple enough, and you are left with a fun and unique bag to take with you next time you go to the store.
DID YOU KNOW…
A single plastic bag can take 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill.
100,000 marine animals are killed each year from plastic bags.
Every Little Bit Helps
Remember that little changes can add up to big results over time.
Thanks for doing your part!