The fashion industry is a major consumer of water. Textile dyeing alone uses enough water to fill 2 million Olympic-sized swimming pools each year.
A typical pair of running shoes generates about 13.6kg of CO2 emissions, equivalent to keeping a 100-watt lightbulb on for a week.
Globally, around 87% of discarded textiles end up in landfill, more than 90% of which are reusable and recyclable.
Use what you already own
Care for your clothing properly
Buy consciously and only when necessary
The most sustainable step you can take today is to wear the activewear and footwear you already own. This is the best way to extend the life cycle of your clothes and keep them out of landfills.
Since the majority of activewear is made from polyester, a synthetic fabric made from plastic, throwing away activewear can be very harmful for the environment. If your clothes are worn out, look into repair options through companies like Presca and Patagonia or follow Re-Run for lots of top tips on repairing!
There will be times when you can’t buy or wear sustainable clothes, like when you have to wear your squad kit. That’s why it is crucial to know how to care for your items properly. Every time you wash something made of polyester, microfibers are released into local waterways.
So, what can you do to reduce microfiber pollution?
No matter how well we look after our clothes, buying new items is sometimes unavoidable. Here’s how to consciously buy sportswear.
First, look out for sustainable fabrics to avoid buying clothing made from polyester.
Next, choose a brand that works for you. Sifting through brands can be overwhelming, but Renoon has made things easy for you.
On the Renoon app, you can take a quiz which guides you through 5 Areas of Impact:
Through the quiz you can find out what your main values are and get matched with hundreds of brands that believe and act upon those values. Renoon also lets you review brands and their products, helping spread the word about sustainable kit that you love.
Green Runners is a great Instagram community of athletes taking steps to cut their footprints - including around clothing.
Or check out the #Clothes4Good campaign, which provides resources athletes can share on their own social media.
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