There are many ways for the fitness minded to value the Earth and its resources. Here are three ways to be Fit and Green at the same time!
Support Organic Farming
Organic foods are not just good for our body, they are also good for the environment. They are grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers and crops are often rotated so the soil is not depleted of nutrients. Not only is the integrity of the soil maintained, the air and water are kept clean as well. The Organic Farming Research Foundation helps provide farmers with information about how to profitably grow their crops without harming the earth. When we support these farmers buy purchasing organic foods, we are demonstrating how much we value the health and wellness of our current community and generations to come. Cascadian Farms, (a large producer of organic foods) is supporting OFRF by donating one dollar for each person who pledges to live a little greener.
Recycle water bottles or use non-disposable bottles
Consider the amount of water bottles found in any local gym. Now consider the facts about water bottles found at Earth911.com:
- Americans buy an estimated 29.8 billion plastic water bottles every year.
- Nearly eight out of every 10 bottles will end up in a landfill.
- It is estimated that the production of plastics accounts for 4 percent of the energy consumption in the U.S.
- Less than 1 percent of all plastics is recycled. Therefore, almost all plastics are incinerated or end up in a landfill.
- Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60-watt light bulb for up to six hours.
- Recycled plastic bottles can be made into products such as clothing, carpeting, detergent bottles and lumber for outdoor decking.
Park and walk!
Atlanta is a commuter city. It is difficult for most to imagine walking to work. However, many suburban areas are putting up sidewalks for walkers making the trip to the grocery store possible on foot. Even local schools are getting in on the trend. R.D. Head Elementary has an annual ‘walking school bus’ to encourage parents to walk their children to school. Aside from the benefit of extra exercise, using our cars less reduces harmful auto emissions; a significant cause of air pollution.
When it comes to saving our environment, small changes can make a big impact!