How to go green with your gym bag
Help save the planet while you sweat with Liz Connor's pick of the best sustainable workout accessories
You've invested in a reusable coffee cup, you're regularly separating your plastics in your rubbish and you've stopped splurging your paycheck on fast fashion. Now if only you could be so virtuous with your gym routine.
Working out is great for your health, but your quest for the perfect bod could be having a negative impact on the environment. Between reusable plastic bottles, throwaway wet kit bags and bargain-priced leggings, there's a lot you can do to trash the planet before you've even stepped foot on the treadmill.
Thankfully, gyms are making efforts to change the conversation. Chains like Barry's Bootcamp and 1Rebel have gone plastic-free this year - but there's still lots we can be doing on a micro-level.
If you're keen to become more sustainable while working up a sweat, switch to these green products to make your gym bag more friendly to the planet.
1. Lush Seanik Shampoo Bar, £7.50 for 55g, Lush.com
This solid bar of shampoo does away with the need for the unnecessary plastic packaging that's often lurking in most people's toiletry bags. Made with seaweed, sea salt, jasmine oil and lemon, it has a refreshing citrus scent that'll leave you feeling squeaky clean for the rest of the day.
2. Vivobarefoot Primus Lite Women's Running Shoes, £100, Vivobarefoot.com
These barefoot shoes have no unnecessary padding or cushioning and shy away from the thick, stiff soles you often get in most running shoes. As well as being good for your feet, they're a better choice for the planet too, as they're made from natural, recycled and bio-based materials. This pair handily roll up into a ball and can be tucked away in your gym bag after a session.
3. Asquith Flow With It Leggings, £55, asquithlondon.com
The clothing industry is one of the largest polluters in the world, second only to oil. If you're worried about how your activewear is made, invest a bit of extra money in a pair of organic leggings, produced in sweatshop-free conditions. This pair feel amazing on and are blended with bamboo and elastane to keep them soft and stretchy.
4. Chilly's Reusable Water Bottle, £25, chillysbottles.com
One of the easiest things you can do to green up your act is switch to a reusable water bottle. This one from Chilly's keeps water cold for up to 12 hours and won't leak in your bag. It comes in a range of cheery colours and designs, but we personally love the rose gold version.
5. Manduka Eko Yoga Mat 5mm, £70, manduka.com
Nobody wants the destruction of the rainforest weighing on their mind when they're lying in Shavasana. This yoga mat is made of natural, non-Amazon harvested tree rubber that will support both your practice and the planet. Namaste.