Slideshow: Gear Box: Earth Day
How green is your fitness gear? With Earth Day upon us, here are some products featuring recycled, organic materials and sustainable manufacturing processes that will help make your fitness routine more eco-friendly. <i>By Christine Yu, special to espnW</i>
Eco-Friendly Fitness Gear
How green is your fitness gear? With Earth Day upon us, here are some products featuring recycled, organic materials and sustainable manufacturing processes that will help make your fitness routine more eco-friendly. By Christine Yu, special to espnW
Mile 22 Bags Race Day Tote Bag ($125)
You have a drawer full of race bibs and medals from racing career. Why not recycle them and show off your accomplishments with a custom bag? Your race memorabilia -- race bibs, T-shirts and photos -- are sewn to the exterior of the bag and then covered with vinyl to protect it. You can even use your medal for a zipper pull. Bags typically take three to four weeks.
Manduka eKO mat 71" ($88)
Make an impact in the studio and not on the Earth with this yoga mat that offers a comfortable, grippy surface for your practice and won't leave anything in a landfill. That's because it's made from biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested natural tree rubber. No toxic foaming agents and plasticizers are used in the softening process.
Athleta Radical Stride Capri ($84)
These boldly printed capris are made from recycled polyester/lycra Spandex and are perfect for running or the gym. The fabric is lightweight and breathable and wicks away sweat. There's a rear zip pocket to stash you phone or fuel and reflective trim to keep you visible. Plus, Athleta's "Unstinkable" technology features odor control in the fabric.
prAna Quinn Top ($55)
The Quinn top is part of the prAna's bluesign collection. Harmful substances are eliminated at the beginning of the manufacturing process. The top features a double strap racerback and shelf bra that's great for yoga and cross-training. Plus, it's quick to dry.
Gaiam Marrakesh Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($12.98)
Why tote around a disposable plastic water bottle when you could use this BPA-free, 100% recyclable stainless steel water bottle? Using a refillable bottle keeps plastic bottles out of landfills and reduces the carbon footprint required to produce and transport bottled water. This water bottle features a wide-mouth design, making it easy to clean and to add ice cubes on warm days.
LVR Organic French Terry Leggings - Bamboo Stripes ($73)
These soft, breathable leggings are made from 94% organic cotton and blended with 6% spandex. They are printed with low impact dyes, which are less toxic to dispose of and better for your skin. The leggings feature a fold-over at the waist that can be adjusted to your preferred length. LVR also donates a portion of revenue to a non-profit in Guatemala committed to wildlife rescue and conservation.