When it comes to leisure or recreation activities we often forget to consider the impact our favourite sports may have. While an active, outdoor lifestyle is healthy for you we have to ask, “Is it healthy for the planet?”
One of the biggest contributing factors is plastic waste. During and after field sports players will drink electrolyte drinks from plastic bottles. Cyclists use gel sachets and supplements from plastic tubs. At running events and triathlons water is often handed out in plastic sachets. While most of these sachets are picked up and thrown in a bin (there are some unsavoury elements who choose to litter though this is more an exception than a rule), it doesn’t change the fact that weekend exercise routines use a great deal of plastic and that participants use a lot of water.