Here are a few things you can include in your winter sports to make them a little more eco-friendly:
- Don’t become dehydrated playing winter sports. Prevent waste by using a reusable sports bottle instead of disposable plastic bottles. If you are providing drinks for your team, supply them in reusable containers such as thermoses or hard plastic cups.
- Before storing your used sports equipment for the winter, consider donating or selling any equipment you no longer want to a charity or used sporting goods store. Also consider donating old soccer balls, footballs, or tennis balls to your local animal shelter to use as chew toys.
- If you are participating in a winter sport, purchase used sports equipment whenever possible, and look for sporting goods that are made from recycled material. Examples include hiking shoes with recycled rubber soles, basketballs made with recycled rubber, and ski jackets and sleeping bags made from recycled soda bottles.
- For sports you don’t regularly participate in, try renting or borrowing equipment rather than buying it. This will save you money and prevent waste!
- For cold weather sporting events, wear multiple layers of clothing or thermal underwear instead of relying on battery-operated or kerosene heaters.
- When possible, use skis, snow shoes, or sleds to go through snow instead of gas-powered snowmobiles.
- Did you know that snow and ice absorb more light than water? Have you heard of the temporary disorder called snow blindness or photokeratitis? Do you recall the news story of the news reporter who became temporarily blind because he had actually sunburnt his eyes while out in the water for an extended time? Thus, you need to protect yourself from UV radiation in wintry conditions or while having fun on sunny slopes as well.