Sustainability is a hot topic and to reduce waste and our carbon footprint, many people are turning to more eco-friendly options when shopping. Runners don’t have to feel left out as companies have started to make apparel, shoes and gear from recycled materials in the quest to lessen the negative impact that production of these goods can often have on the environment.
If you are looking to become a more sustainable runner or have been on the hunt for new companies dedicated to sustainability, we have rounded up five products that can get you started.
Sundried Grivola 2.0 Women’s Training T-Shirt
Sundried makes apparel and accessories for both men and women out of recyclable materials. This shirt specifically was made using recycled water bottles and still wicks away moisture during tough training sessions. The company has committed to sustainability and even has fabric offerings created by the waste product created when making coffee. www.sundried.com
This backpack from recover is perfect for carrying your gear on the trails and it is made from 100% recycled materials. Using upcycled bike inner tubes, they have created a pack that is weatherproof and durable. The company also makes apparel and other accessories, often made from recycled plastic bottles and recycled cotton. www.recoverbrands.com
Adidas ULTRABOOST X PARLEY SHOES
You may have heard of these shoes as they were groundbreaking in the eco-friendly running movement. Adidas has found a way to turn recycled ocean plastic into a high-quality pair of running shoes, delivering the same ride and fit that they are known for. The upper of these shoes features yarn made from that recycled ocean trash, and they have even created shorts and tops in the line so you can carry on your eco-consciousness throughout your whole outfit. www.adidas.com
Many runners prefer to opt out of carrying their own hydration on the run because it can be bulky and difficult to carry. However, this water bottle from Platypus was created with sustainability and ease-of-use in mind. This soft bottle can be completely rolled up and stuffed into your pocket when empty, making it even easier to carry your own water and eliminate the need for waste and plastic cups on the run. www.platy.com
Rawganique Oslo 100% Hemp Running Gym Shorts
Yes, these shorts may by a throwback to the days of shorter running inseams for men, however, they are made out of eco-friendly hemp materials. The fabric makes them lightweight and made of the purest materials as all takes place in one facility. The company offers apparel and accessories for both men and women, including organic cotton and organic linen fabrics, as well. www.rawganique.com