The BBC’s Blue Planet II really highlighted the growing concerns around the effect plastic waste is having on the environment. Cutting the “single” use of disposable plastic bottles “must” be the way ahead and the good news is that, as runners, we can help 🙂
Drinking bottles are the most common type of plastic waste with an unbelievable 480 billion plastic bottles being sold globally in 2016 and as runners we use our fair share.
The simple act of quenching your thirst after a hard run and then dropping your bottle into the bin seems straight forward enough but on reflection that one single use seems such a waste. I don’t want to preach or tell you what you ought to do, all I’m saying is there are alternatives.
The ever growing quantities of bottles that hydrate us as runners, may well be recycled, but many will go to landfill and it takes hundreds of years to biodegrade.
So, what’s the answer ………..
As a long distance runner my hydration strategy is a combination of tap water and hydration tablets. I’ve been drinking from reusable bottles for years but over the last two I’ve moved to soft flasks.
“Soft flasks” ??, I hear you say. Yes, you simply fill them up and then role them up when you’ve finished. You could almost compare them to using up your toothpaste tube. Once empty they fold up to virtually nothing and then naturally they’re ready to be refilled. Carry them or stash them away in your pocket / rucksack.
It’s great to see that many races are now stopping the feed station plastic cups and encouraging us to bring our reusable bottles or soft flasks.
Thanks for reading and I hope this has given some food for thought.