I feel as though I should apologise for the lack of reviews on this site. Ethical Athlete is intended as a resource to help people make good decisions about what they buy to take part in their chosen sport, yet the site very rarely includes product reviews. The reasons for this are simple. The vast majority of the content here is written by me, I don’t get sent things to review, and I don’t buy a lot either.
Yet this leads to the best advice I can give:
When you do buy, buy better. But buy less to begin with.
After all, a product you don’t buy has no carbon footprint; is not made from non-renewable sources; doesn’t rely on polluting manufacturing processes; hasn’t been made with child, or sweatshop labour; and will not end up in a landfill site when you’re finished with it.
Clearly it is important that you buy some things, but we could all do a lot of good by buying a little less.
So please consider my mini-manifesto:
- Only buy what you need. This is easier to do if you…
- Ignore the hype. Disengage from all the marketing and advertising and you’ll stop wanting what you don’t need. You’ll probably feel more content and happier too.
- Wear things until they fall apart. If your foot-specific running socks develop holes at the big toe (happens to me all the time), then wear them on the wrong foot. It won’t kill you. Odd socks are OK too, so don’t throw away a whole pair just because one is knackered.
- It doesn’t matter if your sports clothes begin to permanently smell. If you go training instead of shopping then no-one will be able to smell you anyway as you’ll be going too fast.
- When you think something has died, repurpose it. If the elastic goes in the liner of your running shorts, then cut the liner out. You’ll then have a perfectly good outer shell that can be worn over underwear when running.
- Don’t buy technical t-shirts. Enter races that give you one.
- Keep using your shoes until they fall apart. I struggle to believe how the 500 mile rule can be anything other than a myth.
There you have it. My unapologetic apology for not having more reviews around here. Of course, if you, dear reader, would care to add one, then I would be more than happy to include it.