Can I Pre-Cycle That?
PREvent waste before you reCYCLE. One of the main ways we can prevent waste while working toward wellness goals is through precycling, which includes thinking about purchases and choosing options that generate less waste. Precycling your way through your 2021 health goals is as easy as following these tips:
- Drink concentrates. Instead of individual bottles of sports drinks, try concentrates, powders, or a DIY electrolyte mix recipe.
- Meal plan and learn how to store produce and other fresh foods to reduce wasted food.
- Choose options with less packaging when possible.
- Compost. Learn how you can compost your food scraps.
- Skip single use. Getting takeout? Skip single use items like utensils and condiment packets, especially if eating at home.
- Choose equipment that uses rechargeable batteries.
- Use what you have to get started.
- Choose reusable beverage and food containers for hydration and healthy meals/snacks.
- Try before you buy and check out equipment rental programs if possible. If not, look for gently used fitness equipment, gear, and clothing.
- Trade in programs. If you’d like to update a fitness tracker or similar device, check to see if trade in programs or refurbished options are available.
- Resell or donate. Did a fitness activity or gadget turn out not to be your thing? Find friends, neighbors or donation locations for gear, equipment and clothing you no longer need. Always follow the CDC’s Covid-19 protocols.
You don’t have to be an expert to recycle right in 2021. Know before you throw by contacting your hauler or local recycling coordinator for a list of what’s accepted and not accepted in your home recycling bin and for other recycling programs available in your community.
- Sports Equipment: No sports equipment or gear, whether whole or in pieces, should go in your home recycling bin. There may be organizations or community groups in your area that accept used sports equipment.
- Food and Beverage Packaging: Beverage concentrate tubes, energy meal packets, meal delivery kit insulation, and many other types of plastic packaging may not be accepted in your local program, so it’s always best to check your local recycling rules.
- Recyclable- but not at home: Many items like rechargeable batteries, workout clothing, flexible pouches and other film plastics may be recyclable through return-to-retail or other drop-off or mail-in programs, but they do not belong in your home recycling bin and cannot be recycled if placed there.
- Bottles and tubs: If you do end up purchasing sports drinks in single-use bottles, these types of empty containers are normally accepted in most recycling programs. Empty tubs, for example the tubs that protein powders come in, can likely go in your recycling bin as well but it’s always best to check locally.
Taking even just a few of these simple steps into consideration not only helps with reaching fitness goals but helps the environment along the way – a New Year’s resolution win-win!