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Green Triathlon Gear - How to Be a Green Triathlete

Green Triathlon Gear - How to Be a Green Triathlete

Swimming, biking, and running are the three separate events that are included in a traditional triathlon. The rise in the amount of waste generated at each event is increasing as fast as the popularity of triathlon is increasing.

Triathlons have affected the environment more than you think, from paper cups left on the roadsides to race T-shirts made in factories overseas.

There are various types of materials that are wasted during the race, such as pre-race bags filled with plastic and paper promotional materials, plastic bottles and food packages, fossil fuels consumed by motorcycles, boats, staging cars and buses for transporting athletes.

Here we’ll show you that how can you reduce the trash and waste removal materials on your own.

The good news here is that you don’t need to depend on others to make a change because you have the ability to do it on your own. Everyone from the athletes can do something minor to make an impact that brings improvement to our environment. Even sometimes you can make a difference just by being aware of everyday habits. There is no need to organize a big community clean up or head up to the local club to make a change. You’ll be right on your way to reducing waste just by making a few changes in your everyday routine by following one or more of these ways.

  1. Purchase a water filtration system and reduce your plastic consumption. Fill up a five-gallon jug before leaving for a race.

  2. Decrease the amount of waste that you use and try to reuse as much as you can, especially water container. Putting your gels in flasks is a great way to decrease waste. And try to prevent carrying individually packaged items.

  3. It is recommended to replace the shoes after 300 to 500 miles. Your old shoes are headed to the garbage dump when you pull a brand new pair out of the box. You’ll change at least three pairs a year if you run an average of 1500 miles a year.

  4. Avoid cars to decrease air pollution and minimize overflow parking, and try to carpool to an event or even better ride your bike.

  5. Reduce the use of lawn fertilizers because these chemicals go directly into local waters.

  6. Put on a helmet to avoid fumbling and penalties while you run in and out of transition before you take your bike off the rack in T1, and remember to take it off once you’ve returned the bike to the rack in T2.

  7. Talk and share to build awareness to people who haven’t yet considered being green or conserving.

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