You may have already considered how to go green, or be more earth-friendly at home, or at work. But, have you considered how to go green at the gym? Check out these tips to green up your workout experience at CBRC!
Bring a reusable water bottle
Bringing your own water bottle to the gym is a simple switch that can save you money! If you bring a plastic water bottle with you every time you work out, think about how much that plastic adds up. By bringing a reusable water bottle, you will not only save money, but significantly cut down on your plastic use. There are many water stations throughout CBRC where you can easily fill up!
Reduce paper towel usage
Paper towels: it’s something that may not even cross your mind at the gym. However, once in a while they may be necessary to wipe off equipment. Since they are available, you may find yourself using more than you need. Instead of one, you may grab two or three, when one (or even none) would suffice! Cutting back or eliminating your paper towel usage will help to eliminate waste at CBRC. Need an alternative to paper towels? Grab a real towel and use it throughout your workout!
Take shorter showers
This seems straightforward, but it is so true! With the summer and pool season upon us, we will all be taking more showers at the gym. That means more water use. To conserve water, taking shorter showers is a huge help. Did you know that an average shower uses around 2 gallons of water per minute? Cutting down your shower time from 20 minutes (40 gallons) to 5 minutes (10 gallons) can save 30 gallons of water! That’s just for your own shower. Think about how many people shower a day at the gym. Together, we can easily cut down on our shower water usage and conserve water.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The EPA shares that “[…] reducing, reusing, and recycling can help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources.” There are many ways to use the 3 R’s at the gym. Like we mentioned earlier, you can reduce the number of plastic water bottles and towels you use at the gym. You can also carpool with friends, or ride a bicycle to reduce your gasoline emissions. To reuse, bring a reusable water bottle, gym bag, and exercise towel.
It may sound strange, but look at your gym wardrobe. With athletic clothing becoming trendier all the time, gym clothes are ever more fashionable, trendy, and sold at the store. But, do you really need 20 pairs of leggings, or 10 pairs of tennis shoes? Can you cut down buying new items, reuse what you have, and donate workout clothes that you do not need? All of those things can help you cut back, reuse, and be more earth-friendly at the gym. For the final R, recycle: be sure to recycle any plastic bottles if you use them at CBRC.
Thank you for reading and we hope you consider these tips to go green at the gym!