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We love the outdoors. Whether it's the rush of adrenaline as you fly down-hill, the solitude of a hike in the woods, the clear-headedness you feel when you run, or the sheer beauty of the rolling waves. The outdoors is our playground.

We live in a beautiful world and it's up to us to keep it that way. Around the world, people are becoming more aware of the impact of plastic pollution and joining the fight to beat it. 

Thankfully, you don't need a complete lifestyle overhaul to do your bit. Here are some easy ways that you can help.

Bring your own bottle

One million single-use plastic drinking bottles are bought every minute. Although most can be recycled, many end up in a landfill or in the oceans.

Get into the habit of carrying a refillable bottle with you and you'll be saving money as well as the environment. If you're in the UK, download the Refill app to discover where your nearest free refill points are so you'll never go thirsty.

Not a fan of plain water? Pop some electrolyte tabs like HIGH5 Zero in your bag to add some flavour. You get enough for twenty 750ml servings per pack. 

Ditch those single-use coffee cups

99% of takeaway coffee cups are not recyclable so where do they go? Landfill. 

Whilst we would never suggest you skip your morning caffeine fix, there's a couple of alternatives that you could try.

Many coffee shops now allow you to bring your own cup and some will even give you a discount for doing so. The GSI Outdoors 8 fl oz Doppio Commuter Mug will keep your drink warm and features a spill-proof lid.

The other option is to skip the queue (and save some money) by bringing your own. The GSI Outdoors Commuter Javapress 15 fl oz has been designed to extract the maximum flavour from fresh ground coffee and it's insulated so you don't burn your hands.

Recycle

It's not just bottles and carrier bags. Plastic can be found in many of the things around us including clothes and shoes. Avoid sending your old kit to landfill where it could take up to 1000 years to decompose. If you don't wear it anymore, did you know that some charities will take old sports kit and trainers? 

Gift your Gear and Kit Amnesty support community organisations, youth groups, and charities, making sport and the outdoors accessible to everyone regardless of circumstance. You can even donate a bike through Re-Cycle and change somebody's life by giving them access to work and education. 

Recycle Now has a comprehensive list of what you can recycle and even tells you where so make sure you check before you chuck.

Wear recycled

As the world becomes more aware of plastic pollution, brands have started to look for inventive ways to help you to reduce reliance on new plastics. In the world of cycling, Team Sky are leading the way with a pledge to remove all single-use plastics from their operation by 2020. The team will appear at the Tour De France team presentation wearing jerseys made from ocean plastic and will be supporting Sky Ocean Rescue's #PassOnPlastic campaign throughout the tour. Watch out for the replica jersey available soon at Wiggle.

If walking's more your thing, Jack Wolfskin's waterproof Sierra jackets are made from 100% recycled materials. For runners looking to cut down plastic use, watch out for the upcoming Parley range from adidas. It's made from Ocean Plastic™: upcycled waste from beaches and coastal communities that is intercepted before it reaches the ocean.

Go Plogging

Hot on the heels of Hygge, here's the latest Scandinavian lifestyle trend to get on board with. Take the fight against plastic pollution to your own streets and keep fit at the same time!

'Plogging' combines picking litter with jogging - you're out anyway so why not do some good in your local environment at the same time. Who needs expensive boot camps when you can squat, burpee and push-up as you pick up! Get some friends involved and you could even turn it into a competition.

Boost your contribution by signing up to adidas Run For the Oceans. For every km you run $1 will be donated to the Parley Ocean Plastics Program.

Leave only footprints

Beating plastic pollution starts at home. Whether you are looking to beat a KOM or take a Course Record, nobody will be impressed if you ditch your food wrappers on the side of the road.

Love where you live and take litter with you. You would be surprised at how much you can recycle too. For example, if you take your snacks in freezer bags you can recycle them with your carrier bags next time you're at the supermarket. If in doubt, check it out.

 

What will you do to Beat Plastic Pollution? Share your tips on social media and tag #WorldEnvironmentDay and #BeatPlasticPollution

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