Running is a fairly clean practice in essence. However, it is possible to reduce its environmental impact.
Here are 5 good tips for an eco-responsible practice of running:
1 – Put on your feet with responsibility
Main working tool for runners, the feet deserve to be properly shod. For this, brands offer eco-responsible shoes. One of the references is called On Running. The brand offers a circular model for its shoes, made from castor seeds.
In 2021, On Running launched a subscription model allowing runners to return used shoes to get new ones, thereby limiting loss and encouraging recycling.
2 – Equip yourself with suitable and eco-friendly clothing
On the market, there is a plethora of players offering eco-responsible jerseys, shorts and other equipment today. There are important brands like Patagonia.
3 – Practice plogging (or eco-jog)
According to the WWF, nearly 4.5 million tonnes of waste are produced per year in the world each year, on average, 11,200 tonnes of plastic. So much to combine the useful with the pleasant, therefore. The practice of running can thus replace the practice of plogging.
4 – Participate in races with the least impact
Followers of 10km, half-marathon and marathon? Adopt an eco-responsible behavior when you challenge your form and your time. More and more running events are developing an eco-responsible strategy for their organisation.
Eco-responsible behaviour also means going to events and having the least impact possible: avoid private cars and planes, prefer public transport (train, metro, tram) and soft mobility.
5 – Convert your kilometers into planted trees
Did you know that all your kilometers swallowed by your feet could be converted into planted trees, in partnership with serious NGOs? Now you know it.
Active giving allows you to convert your efforts into reforestation: 5 kilometers covered is equal to one tree planted.