7 Things We All Can Do to Avoid Plastic Pollution in Daily Life
Runners spend a lot of time outdoors, and there’s nothing better than a running route along the water. Whether you’re running alongside a river in your city, a lake in your hometown, or on the beach: seeing the water and feeling the breeze is a refreshing addition to any run.
This World Oceans Day, take the time to consider how you can help save our oceans. Every time we lace up and get active, we take on the physical challenge of being faster and stronger than the day before. Exercise is also a great mental challenge: we can use the time we spend on our runs to help make big changes in the world. This is what we’re doing with adidas x Parley Run for the Oceans. We are showing how runners can fight for our oceans one kilometer at a time!
Every day, each one of us contributes to the plastic waste that gets dumped into our oceans. This makes marine life sick, and as a result, we all suffer. Now it’s our responsibility to fight back and keep our oceans alive. adidas and Parley have already teamed up on innovative ways to fight marine plastic pollution, like the Parley UltraBOOST shoes made from plastic bottles.
But there are things you can do every day to help end marine plastic pollution. Here are seven things you can start doing right now to keep our oceans healthy:
1. Join the movement
Sign up for the adidas x Parley Run for the Oceans digital run. Thousands of runners from around the world are counting their kilometers from June 5 – 11 to raise awareness for marine plastic pollution. We are causing our oceans so much harm and most of us don’t even know it! Join us as we fight to keep our oceans alive!
Make sure you also download the new Runtastic Story Run. Listen to it while you run to find out ways you can fight ocean plastic pollution.
2. Say no to plastic bags
No one should be using plastic bags these days, but we see them all the time in supermarkets and our favorite clothing stores. Plastic bags are a huge waste! Make a habit of carrying reusable bags. It may take a couple tries before you remember to always have your canvas bag on hand but do your best. Make a promise to yourself not to go grocery shopping without a reusable bag and you’ll get the hang of it in no time!
3. Stop using plastic straws
People rarely buy plastic straws for their households, but we see them all the time when we go out to restaurants and bars. Plastic straws use tons of plastic that ends up getting dumped in our oceans and harming marine life. It’s simple: kindly ask your waiter/bartender to leave the straw out of your drink and suggest they stop using them. You’d be surprised how many people just don’t know it’s even an issue. You can help to educate your community by talking about the negative effects straws have on our oceans.
4. Get a reusable water bottle
Every runner knows how important it is to stay hydrated. Are you using plastic bottles that you throw away after each run? We hope not! Get yourself a reusable water bottle for your fitness activities and for daily life. Refill it during the day. Not only will you cut down on plastic, you’ll be able to keep better track of your water intake so you can stay hydrated.
At Runtastic, we’ve given our employees metal bottles to help do our part to eliminate plastic waste!
5. Quit smoking
Cigarette smoke is just about the worst thing for your lungs, especially if you’re training and working out regularly. But did you know that cigarettes also have plastic filters? These filters add to the pollution destroying our oceans. Add this to the long list of reasons why it’s time to quit smoking for good!
6. Think local
It’s true that plastic pollution is a global problem, but you can start making a huge impact in your local community. Do some research and see what is being done in your neighborhood. Start a plastic clean-up group yourself. Take pride in where you live and talk to people you know. This is how real change starts.
7. Shop smarter
We all love an excuse for new running gear right? Take the time to make sure that your next purchase is made with sustainable materials. Looking good isn’t enough, you should feel good about how your clothes affect our oceans. Make sure that the materials are environmentally friendly the next time you buy a new shirt, tights or running shoes!
Saving our oceans is a big task, but the reward is even bigger. If our oceans die, we die. Fighting for our oceans means we are fighting for ourselves and everything we know and love. Cutting down on your use of plastic is a good start but we need creative ideas to make lasting change. Check out Parley for the Ocean’s A.I.R Strategy to find out more ways you can help save our oceans.
How are you fighting ocean plastic pollution? Leave a comment to let us know what you do every day to keep our oceans safe!