Life in the Green Lane

Environmental journalist Candice Batista shares video clips and eco-savvy advice from her TV show, A Greener Toronto.

Getting in shape is no easy feet. It’s good for you but not so good for the planet. Going to the gym is not the best way to green workout, there are other options , here’s what you need to know. First, buy eco workout wear, organic cotton, hemp or bamboo are great alternatives. You can buy cool eco wear at Lulu lemon or online at www.patagonia.com. Patagonia goes one step further, they’ll take your used stuff from their brand, they then make new items as part of their common thread brand. Reducing your workout start with your shoes, look for runners that have recycles soles, you can find these are Left Foot, North Face and Timberland. Also, get rid of you plastic bottles, stop the waste in its tracks, opt for steel instead, Sigg (www.mysigg.com) and Klean Kanteen (www.kleankanteen.com) are both great options, reusables are always the best option. Put your two legs to use and walk...you can see different areas and meet cool people along the way. Go one step further and make it an eco walk, grab a bag on the way out and help pick up garbage along the way. Conventional gyms use a great deal of water and energy, to help conserve you can workout from home. If you need the motivation of a gym, walk or bike to the facility, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint before you even get there. at home, go one step further, use cardio equipment that is self powered or grab a few dumbbells a medicine ball or a boxing bag. No plug in power needed. If you must buy the traditional machines, buy ones that are used. Following these simple steps will help you help the planet loose some of that carbon weight.


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