A wise frog once said, “It’s not easy bein’ green.”
With all the respect to Kermit, it’s not as rough as you might think. At least not in terms of helping our planet.
If you’re reading this, you probably work out (or are thinking about doing so soon). Where better to start going green than in your health and hotness life? And on St. Patrick’s Day, no less!
Here are three easy things you can do to be a green gym goer.
1. Get a reusable water bottle… and use it
There are dozens of brands of reusable water bottles and they come in all sizes and materials.
A reusable water bottle will soon pay for itself, and using one consistently means you will have done something for the planet. Just look at you figuring shit out!
Pro-Tip: Whether you’re at the gym or not, the stainless steel variety keeps all kinds of liquids cold. Here’s a great rundown of some of the best ones out there.
MFF also has a sassy “Suck on This” version sold at the Clubhouse. Cheers!
2. Get workout clothes from eco-conscious suppliers
Pact, for example, is a company that uses organic cotton, is Fair Trade Factory Certified, and is free from “toxic dyes and pesticides.” Also, they have some super cute tops, sports bras and leggings, and the cotton is realllly soft.
Waterlust is a company dedicated to protecting and promoting marine science awareness and research. So… they make their leggings from recycled water bottles. (Did you know that polyester is made from plastic? Whaaaat?)
You may also want to check out Nike Grind. They take old stuff and turn them into new shoes and clothing. In their words, “Shoes that have run their last mile morph into tracks fit for the world’s fastest. Every product made with Nike Grind materials is designed with performance in mind.” You can even bring in your worn out shoes to participating retailers so they can come back to life as something else!
3. Support “ugly” food
According to the World Resources Institute, about 56% of all food wasted in Latin America happens before ever reaching the distribution phase. In a region where over 70% of the food produced is exported, a farmer may lose up to 20% of their bananas because those bananas are not perfect. What does “not perfect” mean? It could mean scuffed, overripe, or the wrong size. (Apparently size matters with bananas.)
Barnana is a company that upcycles those bananas into delicious and healthy snacks which, by the way, are awesome to eat after lifting. Next time you’re packing a post-workout snack, think about Barnana bites. Aside from helping farmers and our planet, they are organic and vegan and delish!
Furthermore, did you know that each year over 1 trillion dollars of food gets wasted? Food either gets tossed at the farm, rots in warehouses, or sits unsold in stores until it’s inedible. Why? Wait for it… the fruit and veggies are considered… ummm… ugly. Misshapen vegetables and imperfectly-sized produce are thrown away. For real. Here’s a stat to get you thinking:
Just a quarter of this wasted food could be used to feed the entire starving population of the world.
Through Misfits Market, you can have a box of perfectly delicious, “ugly” produce delivered to your door. What will happen if you do this? You will help local farmers, save money – these veggies are cheaper than their aesthetically beautiful cousins – and, as a bonus, you may increase your Instagram following. (Watch out, Harold Gibbons! #sallychally).
Kermit (because I believe you should quote Kermit whenever possible) also said about being green:
“It’s beautiful. And I think it’s what I want to be.”
Ready to get to work? Get your green self to Mark Fisher Fitness!
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