I would like to say like other companies claim, that we are totally green and environmentally neutral but sadly we cannot make this claim at this time, but soon.
I am a regular Gym Go’er, I’m not a “Meat Head”, nor am I an Elite Muscle Man, I’m just a regular guy who works out to get slimmer, stronger and just be a better me than I currently am. When I joined a new Gym, I noticed a row of MASSIVE skip like bins out the back, full of protein tubs, pill bottles, water bottles and more (I’ll try get a real picture next time the doors are open).
I made a joke one of the gym staff about the garbage pail kids being on strike, and its been a while. What the guy told me shocked me, he said that was around a weeks worth of waste. He said there are X thousand members, around 30 visit at least once per week, so there are around 2,000 “visits” per week. Its a whole lot of wastage.
I decided to keep all my protein/mass tubs, supplement bottles (ECA, Flax, BCAA, Chitosan, Phase2, Multi-Vits, Creatine, MSM, Chondroitin, Glucosamine etc) and water / shake / juice bottles in black bags for a month.
Can you guess how many bags I had ?
I’ll put you out of your misery, I had over 5 black bin bags full of supplement related rubbish. I decided we are going to try and cut this waste down, every little bit helps. Some products like protein, mrps, mass can’t really be reduced much more, but some ways we can reduce both our carbon footprint and your footprint too.
The bulk of my rubbish was water/juice and shake bottles which was about 2.2 bags, next were about 1.5 bags of tablet, capsule and powder tubs/bottles and the remaining half bag was random mixed non-recyclable wrappers stuff.
The half bag of non-recyclable wrappers and was 100% burnable. Many recycling centres have energy reclaimation projects, where waste is burned to produce electricity, we use such a recycling plant.
We are thinking of ways to reduce the wastage, one of the top one is inspired by what the supermarkets are doing with Milk. They are replacing plastic milk bottles with a thin plastic bag. This bag uses around 80% less plastic than a bottle. Thats a huge saving.
The latest idea is to see about making these bags out of polystyrene, which will use about 20% than that, and be around 30% cheaper than the current high density plastic they use now.