Are The Polar Ice Caps Really Melting?

global warmingI confess that I’m not an avid follower of news when it comes to climate changes or weather, but recently I was thinking about Global Warming and more specifically the polar ice caps. The query I pondered for a moment or two was whether or not the ice caps were in fact really melting at all and if it was true, what would be the outcome of it? The following is the information that I found in seeking to find an answer to these questions.

Polar ice caps and icebergs should need no introduction, but for those that may not know, a polar ice cap is a high region of the planet covered in ice whereas the iceberg is a large floating chunk of ice that dislodges massive volumes of water that is often as heavy as the iceberg. As for whether or not both of these play a substantial role in the rising of ocean levels, so far it seems there is just enough distinction that can be noticed.

When the earth’s temperature rises in considerable ways, mores icebergs begin to form because of the weakened polar ice caps. Cracks begin to form and the result becomes the breaking off of ice which will then slightly increase ocean levels in much the same way as when you put ice into a glass of water and watch it rise. So because the earth’s rising temperatures affect these polar ice caps and create icebergs, many people have still been asking the question: Could many of the polar ice caps be in peril of thawing out and increasing the world’s sea levels? The answer is that this can most certainly be the case, but nobody can know exactly when it will occur. [Read more...]

Global Warming – Is It Real?

ice capsIn the modern world we are quite certain that the vast majority of people have heard about Global Warming by now. It’s also quite feasible that almost everyone that has heard of it has developed their own opinion about it. Despite many of the various viewpoints about Global Warming, the following information will plainly reveal some of the information that is out there and easily accessible to all. The biggest question about Global Warming still remains however, and that inquiry being, is it actually real?

As a review, this “global warming” is a term now commonly used internationally to represent the continuing rise in the Earth’s standard temperature. Those representing global warming have reported that since 1971 the majority of this warming (at approximately 90%) has all been occurring in the oceans. This terminology is also used to pertain to medium temperature increase of the earth’s ocean and air surface.

Various independent scientific groups have documented instrumental climate records that are continuous with such evidence of the earth heating up. Some examples of this verification consist of sea water levels rising from warm temperatures, a broad distribution of snow and ice melting, increased humidity levels, earlier ends of winter and the likelihood of this all being coincidence and happening strictly by chance is merely zero. Since the late 19th century when devices for taking measurements became commonplace, estimates from 2005 and 2010 show that these two years have been the warmest yet. [Read more...]

The Global Warming Effects On Wildlife

Polar BearWith the more people I meet around the world, the more I’m seeing a growth in the percentage of animal and nature lovers there are out there. Since this is the case, perhaps it would interest some of them to know more about Global Warming and how it does and will have an impact on both animals and wildlife if something isn’t being done to change it effectively and in time.

First we will begin with a few of the animals that have already been disturbed by global warming and what this means for their future. Let’s get started with waterfowl wildlife such as geese, ducks and others across the planet. It’s a fact that these animals have currently been altering their migration habits and even some of their behaviors. Droughts and floods have made these creatures suffer the repercussions of severe weather change and it has also harmed both the birds and the hunting industry that greatly depend on the existence of ducks.

Perhaps an unknown animal for many, the American pika is a small mountain-top dwelling creature from the western region. Global warming has pushed this little bundle of joy out of its regular habitat and into higher altitudes in order to settle and live comfortably. Unfortunately as we know, every mountain must end at the peak and so may the life of the pika if the climate doesn’t change soon enough. [Read more...]

Sail a Kayak, Save the World.

Contrary to the belief of a number of deluded individuals, global warming is in fact very real. It’s a threat to life on earth as we know it, and it’s a threat that needs to be taken very seriously. As I’m sure you are aware, made made or ‘anthropogenic’ carbon dioxide release has escalated more than exponentially since the industrial revolution. This release of carbon dioxide gas enhances the greenhouse affect, resulting in an increase in global temperature. This increase threatens to melt polar icecaps, causing life threatening rises in sea level. Complete avoidance of this disaster is now impossible, we can however, if we act quickly, look to limit the effects and protect what we have left. For this to happen, everyone has to do their bit for the environment. This is easily achievable through methods such as recycling, renewable energy and bio fuels.

Replacing hobbies with environmentally friendly activities can also help reduce your personal carbon footprint and give that extra cushion to mother nature. In fact, why not take up a hobby that makes the most of what Mother Nature gave us? I’m talking about kayaking. Sail a kayak, save the world.

Well what makes kayaking such an environmentally friendly hobby? Surely a multitude of people heading out onto open water has some kind of environmental impact? Surprisingly, kayaking is actually one of the cleanest, greenest hobbies around today.

With specialist Reas being set aside for recreational water usage, you can get outdoors and enjoy yourself with minimal environmental impact, both in a conservation and an environmental sense. With areas specifically dedicated, kayaking has no harmful effects on wildlife, as it won’t disturb endangered species nesting grounds or young. As well as this, those areas for kayak fishing have strict quotas, and only allow line catching. You’d have some a mean power if you managed to run a trawl with a kayak, so the fishing is therefore sustainable.

Kayaks are like bicycles on water. They are a green form of transport simply because their sole source of fuel is you. You power them just be paddling, which is the same as peddling. As well as being carbon neutral in terms of transportation costs, the materials used in the construction process are friendlier out the environment than those parts that go into electronics and mechanics. This makes them even more efficient that the upcoming electric cars. Until our means of electricity generation changes to renewable sources, electric cars merely displace our carbon dioxide output, as fossil fuels are still burnt to give the power to charge the cars. Kayaks run just because you move them, no generation of power, no carbon.

Kayaks a arguably the best way to get out and see parts of the world that would otherwise pass you by. You’ll be able to get out an enjoy peaceful and beautiful scenery guilt free. Combine this with the fact that they are also a great means of protecting this world for future generations, you’ve got yourself stellar hobby. Now is the perfect time to get involved with kayaking, before it’s too late, and you find that you actually need a kayak to get to work, as rising seas are at your front door.

You can find great information about popular kayak choices, such as my personal kayak – the Sun Dolphin Aruba here. They certainly offer a fair and valid review style so if you are looking for honest reviews on Kayaks then you should pay them a visit.

Conserve Water, Stop Shaving!

One of the most precious resources on the planet is fresh water. It is constantly being threatened by human pollution, waste, and over consumption. While many appliance companies are taking this into account and attempting to bring more ‘water conservative’ products to the market, there are still huge leaps and bounds to be made on this front!

While we try to teach our children to turn off the tap when brushing their teeth, we often overlook our own bad habits! One of the tasks that women undertake on a regular basis that is a HUGE water waster (when done thoughtlessly at least) is shaving. Now, don’t raise your pitchforks, I’m not telling you to stop shaving your legs and arm pits (even though I think it’s a completely sexist and inappropriate request that somehow became ingrained in our culture). However, I am asking you to look at the facts, and the alternatives to shaving.

Fact

The average woman who leaves the shower running while shaving her legs will let 4680 litres of water go down the drain EACH YEAR! That’s insanity! You could provide water to a village in Africa with that much water! Combined, this equals 50 BILLION litres of water for women only in the UK! This is a serious problem that can easily be remedied.

The first option – Stop shaving. I don’t mean stop removing your hair, I mean stop shaving. There are other options which are much less resource intensive and require much less effort and time over the long run. In the meantime though…

Don’t leave the water running while shaving – This is a little more reasonable. Fill the bottom of the tub or your sink with warm water and simply rinse off your razor between strokes.

Wax – Waxing isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but when you look at the reality of it. Waxing, or better yet using a sugar or honey ‘wax’, results in long term hair loss (four to six weeks) and the waste is biodegradable.
The downside? Waxing can be uncomfortable! The upside? It’s quick and it lasts long AND you save an incredible amount of water in the process!

Use an Epilator – Wait, what? Oh, you haven’t heard of an epilator? Epilators are basically what you would expect if an electric razor and a pair of tweezers met and had a baby. The idea is that you pluck the hair out from the root, resulting in up to six weeks of smooth skin, just like waxing! What’s nice about using an epilator is that there is no waste byproduct.
Again, the downside to using a product like this is that it’s uncomfortable. However, the first time that you use an epilator will definitely be the hardest, because after your hair is plucked it grows back as a new strand which is much thinner and weaker, which means that secondary sessions will be much easier and less painful.
Water consumption when using an epilator is minimal, just make sure you exfoliate in the shower after to avoid ingrown hairs.
To read up more about epilators, check out the page on Hair Farewell.

Laser – The ultimate form of hair removal, which will be the most environment friendly over the long term, is laser. After 6 – 8 sessions your hair is PERMANENTLY removed. This means no more shaving, no more wasting water, no more disposing of wax strips or charging your epilator.
As far as water conservation and waste control goes, laser is the most environmentally effective.

The moral of this story is, if you shave with the shower running, you are killing our planet. Ok, that’s a little extreme, but there are far more efficient and conservative methods of maintaining your beautiful smooth skin than shaving. So think twice next time you pick up your razor!

How Essay Writing Can Make Our World Greener

Finding ways to be more environmentally friendly has become popular and important. Not only do we need to take better care of the Earth in order to improve living standards today, the work we do now lays a foundation for a brighter – and greener – tomorrow. Essays offer a unique way to help encourage this work thanks to their short format and accessible style.

Essays are, by their nature, fairly brief. This makes them a perfect platform for starting a conversation. Essays can instruct and educate in an impartial way, without forcing the writer’s beliefs or ideas on readers. At the same time, other essay formats can lay out an issue, cover the main points and then offer suggestions and specific strategies for change. This is because essays are one of the most versatile writing formats in the world of literature. Books aim to present issues, ideas and challenges comprehensively which results in often hefty tomes that can turn off people just beginning to learn about a subject. Essays and of course research papers for sale, on the other hand, tend to run shorter, giving encapsulated coverage of a topic, often times with no ulterior motive or agenda. This can make them the ideal way to introduce readers to complex and controversial topics.

When it comes to issues that can spark debate, environmental concerns top the list. Climate change, the melting of ice caps and how much of a role mankind plays in these changes have all come under fire by a variety of groups. Essays on these topics can help people better understand the science behind some of these changes as well as the history of opposing viewpoints.

Finally, essays tend to be written in a conversational style, making them read as being more approachable and accessible, even for people who may be at odds with the opinions of the author. And essays gives people a chance to express their understanding and views quickly but thoroughly, thus beginning a clear and well thought out conversation with readers and, ultimately, fellow writers.

When it comes to dealing with environmental issues and ways to help people become more ‘green’, essays can play a surprisingly powerful role. Their compact style makes them easy to read and they can be written in a number of styles – from the simple informative essay to the Stump Speech persuasive essay. In addition to being easy to read, they are easy to write, making it possible for anyone to gather their thoughts and join in the conversation about conservationism. Essays force writers to organize their thoughts, double check their facts and relay their opinion in a respectful and concise manner. This helps to foster a more open and welcoming conversation about a complex issue with far reaching implications. As a result, essays – and their authors – may be the best way to get the world taking, brainstorming and finding the solutions which can lead to a truly greener tomorrow.

Energy Efficient Warehouses

Energy Efficient Buildings
Operating a building is undoubtedly costly. According to recent reports, office buildings in the United States spend an average (based on square foot) of $1.34 for electricity and 18 cents for gas. With these accounting for 19% of an office’s total expenditures, it makes sense to operate a business in a structure which is energy efficient.

What is an Energy Efficient Building?
An energy efficient building is a structure which uses less energy for its construction, maintenance, lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation. Apart from limiting energy use, a green building also reduces the impact of construction to human health and the environment.
With a sustainable building, the occupant’s health is protected, increasing the number of employees looking for work in a warehouse. Consequently, pollution, waste and environmental degradation are dramatically lessened with the makings of energy efficient buildings.

Construction
An energy efficient building is different from other structures because of the components used for the construction. If you are thinking of building a sustainable warehouse, then these are the materials you need:

  • Low-impact Materials
    These construction supplies are reclaimed and recycled, while some are sourced from waste or timber from a sustainably-managed supply. They are non-toxic, recyclable and permeable. Some low-impact materials are light-reflective as well.
    With these constituents, use of newer sources is decreased, therefore ensuring the bounty of limited natural resources. Aside from decreasing waste production and pollution, low-impact materials also limit carbon dioxide emissions, substances responsible for global warming and other environmental problems.
  • Insulation
    Also known as thermal insulation, it is a collection of products that limit heat loss/gain by creating a temperature-different barrier in between the areas of a certain structure. Insulation is commonly found in homes, specifically on hot water boilers and water pipes. Nowadays, it is utilized in buildings to make them more energy efficient.
    Examples of insulation materials include:
    1. Glass Mineral Wool – The most popular type of insulation, glass wool is made from recycled glass materials. Truly cost-effective, it is very easy to handle and install.
    2. Rock Mineral Wool – Ideal for structures under compression (such as roofs,) mineral wool is a solid and fire-retardant form of insulation.
    3. Rigid Foam – Used in areas where immense weight needs to be supported (such as floors,) rigid foam is known for its durability and strength. Aside from being fire retardant, this material offers excellent acoustic insulation by limiting sound travel through floors and walls.
  • High-performance Windows
    High-performance windows are energy efficient materials used in many buildings and homes. They are made from renewable materials, such as silica, argon, vinyl and fiberglass. High-performance windows are preferred because of their ability to diminish energy consumption, thereby lowering heating and cooling costs. According to the Center of Sustainable Building Research, high-performance windows can help the occupant save as much as 16% in heating costs and 23% on cooling costs while keeping the building comfortable. To make the most out of the potential of high-performance windows, architects usually practice “daylighting.” In this method, windows are placed strategically in order to usher in more natural light and limit the use of electrical lights.
  • Renewable Resources
    Simply put, these are sources that can be renewed and replenished. When it comes to green buildings, solar energy is the most common resource used, as they provide a cleaner, safer and cheaper source of another. Rainwater run-off reduction is another goal of energy efficient construction, and in this case rain gardens and green roofs are used.
  • Permeable Paving
    In buildings and homes where sidewalks and driveways are essential, permeable paving is the environment-friendly solution. After all, conventional pavements prevent the absorption of rainwater. The resulting run-off then erodes soil, apart from transporting harmful substances to lakes and rivers.
    Permeable paving products come aplenty, with one strong example being pervious concrete. Created with Portland cement and grain, pervious concrete allow for the penetration of water towards the soil.
    This mechanism of action is same with another permeable paving material called porous asphalt. The only difference is it is made from tar-like binder and gravel.

In this modern day and age, constructing buildings comes with an ‘environmental conscience.’ With the rising cost of energy, it is recommended that you rally for an energy-efficient building made from the aforementioned materials.

The Leave No Trace Princinple

There are many rules that people have to follow and respect if they are to enjoy a camping trip in the company of others. There are etiquette rules and there are rules that are concerned with the conservation of nature and sustaining the state of the environment so that others who are going to come after us can enjoy it just like we did.

The most important rule about environmental sustainability for campers is the leave no trace principle. This principle basically means that you have to leave behind the place like you have found it, removing all signs of people having been there.

The leave no trace principle means first and foremost you have to remove your accommodation, you have to take off your hammock, you have to pack your tent. My hammock – that I got from this website – is very easy to take off the trees, it only takes a few minutes. Packing up a tent might take a little longer, but it can be done in no more than fifteen minutes. This is a little investment of your time and effort in order to leave behind a cultured and clean camping spot that others can enjoy just like you did.  If you don’t like spending time with packing up your gear, an hammock might be the best solution, you can find models for camping here.

You have to pick up the trash that you produced. I can’t tell you how many times I have arrived to a beautiful hidden spot in the forest, thinking that I am ready to relax and forget about civilization just to see handkerchiefs in the bushes. It can destroy the whole experience, and take me out of my relaxed state.

Picking up the trash doesn’t have to be a daunting experience, if you have kids you can make a game out of it. You can offer a small monetary price or sweets for the one who collects the most trash. The place will be clean in no time! It is a good practice to clean up the place even if you were not the one who left the trash there. Campers have a tight community, why not help out the next guy by making the spot clear and free of human impact?

You must never leave any food behind. Bears and feline animals are very good at smelling human food, they can find it from miles away. The moment they can smell it out, find it and eat it they might become hooked on human food. They might venture into the suburbs in order to eat from the trash, which is a significant threat to the people, and it can result in the animal being put down. The animal might also give up hunting in order to eat from the trash. This will make it overweight, and it might result in the overgrow of certain animal populations. For example if the wolves stop hunting rabbits, the rabbit population will grow unopposed, damaging the vegetation and causing irreversible damage to the ecosystem of the forest.

The key to implementing the leave o trace principle is to prepare before your trip. Take trash bags with you, and take only the most necessary pieces of equipment with yourself. I like to run through the trip in my head when I am preparing so that I can plan for having only minimal impact in the environment.

3 Ways to Protect Our Planet and Finances

We are all accountable for our actions that impact planet Earth. It is therefore essential that we work together as a team by individually taking responsibility for our carbon footprint.

It is never too late to change your attitude towards the environment, and you may be surprised by how you can financially benefit by making simple changes to your lifestyle.

Cut Back on Energy Whilst Staying Warm

There are so many ways you can cut back on your energy usage without minimising heating within your home. Simply lower your thermostat by a few degrees in the colder months and invest in a draught excluder, which can prevent heat from escaping from a room whilst saving you money.

The price of cavity wall insulation can often deter people from installing it within their home; however, the initial fee is worth it as it can help save a home hundreds of pounds per year, and can therefore pay for itself and then some – so you won’t have to turn up the heating throughout those bitter winter months, or be faced with large bills that can result in significant debt problems.

Tumble dryers will drain the life of your finances, as well as water out of clothes. While they can be a handy way to dry your clothes, they can play havoc with your energy bills and the environment. We therefore recommend more environmentally-friendly options, such as drying garments on a drying rack or outdoor clothing line.

Reduce Fuel Whilst Still Going from A to B

There are many ways to minimise fuel consumption. Instead of driving to a destination that’s just five minutes away, you could walk or cycle to the location. If that’s not an option, you could even use public transport, such as a bus or train – as this helps to minimise the amount of vehicles on the road.

Car sharing is also a great option for reducing a carbon footprint whilst saving money. You and other travellers will save money by sharing petrol fees, as well as reducing the amount of pollution in the air. A great way to travel to the same destination, whilst maybe making a new friend or two along the way.

Lower Water Usage Without Impacting Your Lifestyle

Little changes can make a big difference when it comes to cutting back on water usage. All you have to do to lower your water bills is take a quicker shower, wash your clothing in bulk instead of cleaning a couple of items, or just install a low-flow shower head. Need to water the grass? Just invest in a spring-loaded hose nozzle that will prevent you using too much water. You can trust planet Earth and your bank balance will thank you for it!

It really is easy to lower your carbon footprint. You just have to look for opportunities to cut back your energy usage, whilst ensuring you regularly recycle. Refuse to be part of the problem and become part of the solution.

Save the Environment – Eat Pizza!

Over five billion pizzas are consumed around the world each year. The waste created by pizza boxes is overflowing our landfills in a seemingly never ending flood of corrugated cardboard. Pizza boxes are large and often cannot be recycled due to the grease and food residue left behind. We could never ask people to stop eating pizza, but what if we look at new, more environmentally friendly ways to package the pizza?

Grants have been free flowing regarding this very topic. Many people have brought forward new ideas including stainless steel packaging and box liners used to eliminate the contaminants that render the pizza box as un-recyclable. Many hours of creative thinking have been poured into an attempt to reduce, reuse, and recycle the most common culprits created by our food sources. A most promising option has emerged from this process.

Not since the invention of the all-clad pizza stone have we seen such a development in the pizza world! The introduction of the recycled pizza box will change the image of the lowly pizza box from un-recyclable waste to a chic, eco-friendly way to eat and store your leftovers. This simple, yet ingenious design is poised to set the fast food world spinning!

Recycled pizza boxes are the Jenga of pizza boxes. Rip and fold, mix and match to form the perfect pizza tote for your needs. The concept is simple: design a pizza box that can serve the customer’s needs and reduce waste. The recycled pizza box allows for multiple uses for one pizza box. One side of the box can be broken down into several serving plates, saving dirty dishes or paper plate waste. The other side of the box conveniently folds into a box large enough to store the leftover pizza. Companies such as Environmentally Conscious Organization, Inc. (ECO), the makers of the original “Green Box”, offer a pizza box made from completely recycled materials. Their design includes the option to coat the inside of the box with a vegetable based coating which makes the entire box recyclable. Imagine a world with five billion less pizza boxes! This recycled pizza box option is as sustainable as the wooden pizza peel used to pull that culinary delight out of the pizza oven.

Although the recycled pizza box seems like an excellent option, it could be a tough sell to the industry. In general, it is said that these boxes would cost approximately the same as traditional boxes. Until these boxes gain popularity with consumers, pizzerias may resist such forward thinking changes.

At some point, the people of the world should really have a recycling throw down. Companies that mass produce seemingly benign, yet completely un-recyclable packaging should be forced to take another look at their practices. From ice cream containers to Styrofoam coffee cups, our world is in need of a new view on waste. Being proactive and creative will allow companies to save money and do their part in reducing the waste left behind. If a simple solution can be found to combat the waste created by our food supply, our world will be a much better, and cleaner, place.

5 Ways the Makeup Industry Pollutes the Environment and Our Health

We have all heard the stories to some degree that there are harmful chemicals in our cosmetics. The makeup industry – mascara, eyeliner, etc. — is a billion dollar industry, and as much as we’d like to think they’re looking out for our environment and ourselves, we better think again. In Europe, over 1,00 chemicals have been listed as toxic and are banned from use in the cosmetic industry and in their products. In the United States there are only ten that are banned from use in the cosmetic products.  Only ten!

Here are some of the ways that the makeup industry is polluting the environment and ourselves:

Made of Chemicals:

The very products that are designed and marketed to cleanse our pores and give us glowing, radiant skin also can be harming ourselves and the environment with toxic chemicals. The makeup industry can put these toxins on our makeup because there are very few laws that stop them. Some of the average chemicals found in our cosmetics are acrylamide, formaldehyde and ethylene oxide- all of which are listed as carcinogens by the US Environmental Protection Act. The list goes on and on, sadly.

Harmful to Human Health:

Some of the chemicals used in our cosmetic products are dangerous to human health. For example coal tar, which is primarily used in color dye, has been linked to bladder cancer in more than 19 percent of all women bladder cancer cases. Certain acids in cosmetics are also linked to skin cancer to those who continuously used this product.

Getting in Our Water Supply:

It’s no wonder how our makeup gets in our water, as we wash ourselves and the water that touches us goes down a drain. However, it’s important to stop and think just what is in our makeup that is going in our waters.  These chemicals leech into our rivers and even if you are buying organic products, you are still exposed to these toxins in the makeup. When chemicals are in our water supplies, it isn’t much longer until those chemicals our in food.

Killing Aquatic Life:

The chemicals in our makeup being dumped into the waters are affecting fish and other aquatic life. Some of the chemicals are man-made hormone disrupting chemicals that cause reproductive problem and other disorders. If fish or the aquatic life have damaged reproductive health, the fisheries and aquatic ecosystems will be effected negatively.  Also, if humans are in contact with the damaged fish, this may cause health concerns later on from eating contaminated fish.

Destroying Nature

Discarded makeup has to go somewhere, and that place is in the landfills or in our waters. Not only are the cosmetics are going in the landfills, but the packaging is full of plastic jars and tubes and wrappings which is harmful for the environment and land life as well. The chemicals and toxins being washed up on shore and the plastics in the oceans are ending up in our wildlife’s stomachs and killing them prematurely.

A Guide To Reducing Your Carbon Emissions With Sports

Global warming is an issue that we should all be concerned about and we should all take interest in. It can not only heighten the temperature of the planet in the near future, but it can also determine the quality of life of future generations, our children included.

The main causes of global warming are greenhouse gases. Gases like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and several others get into the air, and reflect the rays back onto the ground, not letting them leave the atmosphere of planet Earth. This warms up the planet quite a bit, which shifts the temperature, affects the plants, animals and the lives of humans all together. It is easy to see how global warming is a cause that we should all be concerned about.

We all play some kind of sport, or at least we should. We should do sports because they are healthy activities that raise the levels of happy hormones in our blood, lower our levels of stress hormone and improve our self-image by making us look nice, and well-kept. Despite the many positive effects of sports on our own body, we can also make sure that the sport we play improves the environment of the planet as well. In this article I am going to give you a few ideas on how to create a sporty lifestyle that affects the air of the planet in a positive way by reducing the omissions of greenhouse gases.

First of all, all motor sports are a big no-no. Gokart racing, motorbikes, rally racing all heighten emissions and contribute to the elevation of the temperature. Not to mention the secondary effects, the amount of fuel that was burned just to get that car to the track where you can race with it.

You should buy sports gear that is environmentally friendly. Don’t buy more pieces of equipment than it is necessary, this would lead to waste. It is easy to buy sports gear nowadays, you can order running socks and running jackets through websites like this one.

Running is an excellent sport to do if you want to be environmentally friendly. You can do it virtually anywhere, everybody has a street in front of their house, you can easily do a lap around the block or a  quick run in the nearby park. The best places to run are forests or parks, because the soft ground doesn’t damage your knees by having to big of an impact on your legs when you are running. Having the right running socks can also reduce the damage on your knees a lot. You can see reviews of running socks on Jog of Your Life. Jogging in these environments will also increase your belonging to mother nature, and make you even more committed to preserving it and cutting down on your omissions.

Try to do some kind of sport that doesn’t require you to drive anywhere. Something that you can do nearby. Many blocks have a soccer field or a basketball court, where the local kids can all come together and play. You can simply walk down there and join the fun yourself, these communities are always happy to include one more player in the game. You might end up making a few friends in the process.

Conclusion

Global warming can have a disastrous effect on our planet, we should do everything in our power to prevent it. Even the small things can have a big effect on the environment. Try playing sports that don’t require the omission of greenhouse gases, and that connects you with mother nature as much as possible.

Go “Green” With Your Fitness

I love how more and more people are becoming environmentally conscious of their choices. We see this in everyday situations, like the the increase in popularity of low emission vehicles and reuseable grocery bags. Thankfully, being “green” is spilling over into many sociological areas. When issues like global warming and energy conservation are hot topics around the country, it is important for us to do our part for the environment any way we can. One area that is getting some exposure is fitness. You may not think about how working out can be green, but lucky for you, we have compiled a short list of ways to make your daily workouts more green and better for the environment. Any sort of positive change is a step in the right direction, so read on about how you can help with preserving the environment, one step at a time.

1. Get Outside!

Head for your nearest biking or hiking trails in lieu of your local gym or health club. There are so many benefits to experiencing a workout outdoors; being around nature, feeling the fresh air, and not using any energy that you’d have to use on the machines at the gym. If you absolutely have to work out at a gym, don’t drive! Ride your bike or do a warm up jog to the gym.

2. Reuseable Water Bottles

Choose a BPA-free, filtered water bottle that you can use repeatedly. Plastic one-time use bottles are so wasteful and harmful to the environment, as they DO NOT break down quickly. Reuseable water bottles are sturdy and most are dishwasher-safe.

3. Wear “Green” Workout Gear

Some materials in workout wear are not environmentally friendly. Luckily, more and more clothing companies are popping up that provide an alternative, to wear non-synthetic, organic materials or those that have been recycled. There are many of the top crossfit shoes that use environmentally friendly materials and help you have great workouts as well. Usually you can find out about the materials through the company’s website.

4. Eco-Friendly Equipment

You can now find items like yoga mats and kettle bells that are made with non-harmful materials that are biodegradable and recyclable. Look for organic materials in gym bags as well. This is an easy way to reduce your carbon footprint.

5. Fuel Up On the Good Stuff!

Instead of ingesting processed bars and shakes that use an array of preservatives, dyes, and fillers, head to your local Farmer’s Market where you know you’ll find natural and organic foods. These fruits, veggies, and more are bursting with vitamins and nutrients, and are enough to fuel your workouts or provide a great post workout meal. You can even find some of the great tasting protein powders that are fully of natural and healthy ingredients.

6. Run for a Cause

5Ks, 10k, and marathons are gaining in popularity across the country, and most support a good cause! Even if you happen to not be a runner, you can always walk or, at least, make a donation. Choose an eco-friendly cause, like the Earth and Surf Fest 5K in North Topsail Beach in North Carolina. This 5K creates awareness about the health of the environment, and it is eco-friendly and waste-free!

There are, of course, many more ways to improve the environment through fitness. We hope that you consider the suggestions above, that you may help create a better eco-friendly world for all of us!