Sustainable fitness, the cities where you ‘sweat’ saving the planet

Sustainable fitness, the cities where you ‘sweat’ saving the planet
Sustainable fitness, the cities where you ‘sweat’ saving the planet

The ranking developed by Reebok. The most eco-sustainable city in Europe is Copenhagen. Antwerp ranks second. For Italy it is Genoa

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The ranking of the best cities for sustainable fashion and fitness

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( – Moda green e sustainable fitness, a city where it is easier to live and play sports. Reebok took care of preparing a ranking thanks to a study on world cities based on certain elements such as sustainable fashion, the total waste of fabrics produced. The amount of recycled fabrics, the ability to exercise in an eco-responsible way, the number of bicycles, the number of paths to run and walk, the best low-carbon gym equipment.

The greenest city in terms of fashion in Europe is Copenhagen. The result was obtained by crossing some parameters including tons of textile waste per year, the city’s total expenditure on new clothes each year, tons of clothes taken to landfills and recycled ones and the Google search volume of 31 terms. related to sustainable fashion. In the Danish capital, the first of 20 cities, 0% of textile waste goes to landfill, and about 4,420 monthly searches are made for terms relating to eco-sustainability. Antwerp ranks second, recycling an average of 17,553 tons of textile waste each year, which corresponds to 97.36% of the textile waste produced in the city. In third place is Dublin, where the waste produced is automatically converted into heating, electricity or petrol.

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For Italy it is Genoa the most eco-friendly city in terms of textile waste; here, of the 5,816 tons of textile waste produced each year, most (5,679) are recycled. Milan is ranked eighth, however, has the most eco-conscious citizens (they search about 3,708 times every 100 thousand people on google for terms related to eco-sustainability). Bari comes in third, which spends the least amount of money on new clothes every year (666 million euros). Rome, on the other hand, is last among the 10 Italian cities: it records the highest number of textile waste in Italy at 36,740 tons, including 639 thrown into landfills every year.

Where to train sustainably

Already before, but since the pandemic the way of training has also changed. And for example, cycling, running and walking were (and continue to be) just some of the most common exercises to keep fit during lockdown. And many people are expected to continue to seek more sustainable alternatives to gym training. In this way, 30 cities were considered, considered the most ideal for practicing; some parameters were analyzed such as the use of the bicycle, the hours of sunshine and the number of paths for running or walking. The best is Tokyo: in the Japanese capital there are the lowest crime rates, with around 1,500 natural racing tracks. Sydney ranks second, recording a very high number of hours of sunshine, around 1,833 running trails and 323 hiking trails.

In the ranking of the best European cities to exercise sustainably, London ranks first. In the UK capital there is a variety of options for a completely eco-friendly workout, offering more than 6,000 running trails and 243 hiking trails. According to the study results, Londoners google terms related to sustainable training an average of 5,724 times per month. Terms clicked include ‘second hand gyms’ and ‘second hand fitness equipment’. Copenhagen again, this time in second place, with a percentage of bicycle use equal to 39.69%, in addition to having the pollution rate and crime rate below the average. Amsterdam ranks third with 1,500 trails for running and one of the highest percentages of bicycle use (45%). In Italy the best is Florence which has a very high number of hours of sunlight per year (2,410), the very low crime rate. Venice ranks second, with the lowest crime and pollution rate among all the cities analyzed. Bologna ranks third in the standings with 66 trails for running and 15 hiking trails. Naples is the least sustainable city in which to train.

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When the total emissions from the manufacturing of gym products and equipment are taken into account, the study reveals that ‘do-it-yourself’ dumbell solutions are the best tool for a sustainable gym. In fact, producing an average of 0.4 kg of carbon emissions per unit, do-it-yourself solutions are the perfect choice for training in an eco-friendly way. Other common tools and objects, including yoga mats and yoga balls, are classified respectively in second and third place among the most environmentally sustainable training tools. And among the best exercises and equipment to reduce the carbon footprint are calisthenics, which are great for both strength, agility, endurance and 360-degree fitness; but also free body exercises.

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