Eco-Friendly Running: Tips for a More Sustainable Sport


Eco-Friendly Running – Being a sustainable runner

Running is often considered a low-impact and eco-friendly sport. However, there are some things you can do to make your running even more sustainable. Learn how to make your running more eco-friendly by following these few tips:

  • Choose sustainable gear. When buying new running shoes and clothing, look for brands that prioritize sustainability and use eco-friendly materials, our OSO Essential Leggings are made from recycled polyester. You can also consider using ebay or vinted and purchase second-hand or recycled gear to reduce the demand for new production.
  • Avoid single-use plastics. Carry a reusable water bottle the OSO insulated bottle is made from 100% recycled stainless steel and will and will keep your drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for up to 24 hours. If you  need to use energy gels or other packaged snacks, choose products with minimal packaging or ones that use eco-friendly packaging.
  • Stay on designated trails. Running on designated trails helps to protect natural habitats and ecosystems. Avoid creating new trails, as this can lead to soil erosion and damage to vegetation.
  • Respect wildlife. Keep a safe distance from wildlife and avoid disturbing animals. Avoid running in sensitive areas during nesting seasons or when wildlife is particularly vulnerable.
  • Organize eco-friendly events. If you’re involved in organizing running events, prioritize sustainability. Use recycled materials for race bibs, provide recycling bins, and minimize waste.
  • Run car-free. Whenever possible, choose routes that don’t require driving to the starting point. Consider running from home or using public transportation.
  • Run with a purpose. Participate in eco-friendly running events or runs that support environmental causes. Consider organizing plogging events, where runners pick up litter along their routes. Running clubs such as Good Gym promote helping local communities and isolated older people and Just Run that as well as being a community running club organise local events such as clothes swaps and charity fund raisers.
  • Conserve energy. If you use technology such as fitness trackers, charge them with renewable energy sources. Be mindful of the environmental impact of organizing and participating in virtual races, which may involve the shipping of medals and other items.
  • Practice Leave No Trace. Pack out all waste and dispose of it properly. Minimize your impact on the environment by leaving natural areas as you found them.
  • Educate others. Share eco-friendly running practices with other runners and the running community. Encourage responsible and sustainable running habits.

By following these tips, you can help to make running a more sustainable sport and contribute to the preservation of the environment.

In addition to the above tips, here are a few other things you can do to make your running more eco-friendly:

  • Support sustainable running brands. There are a growing number of running brands that are committed to sustainability. Look for brands that use recycled materials, ethical manufacturing practices, and renewable energy sources.
  • OSO is a new sustainable and ethically sourcing brand, there are other established brands such as Picture Organic Clothing and Veja for running shoes.
  • Give back to nature. One of the best ways to be an eco-friendly runner is to give back to nature. Consider volunteering for a local trail maintenance organization or participating in a plogging event.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint. This means running in your local area as much as possible and avoiding driving to and from runs. If you must drive, consider carpooling with other runners or using public transportation.

By making small changes in your running routine, you can make a big difference for the planet.