Edited By Delfina Rainoldi
Community can encompass many aspects of our lives, which is why our guest interviewee Shelli chose to explore how to go plastic free within the gym. Since in recent months we have been able to return to these wonderful community spaces.
Shelli has great insight into the gym community as she is now an F45 trainer (WOW) and was a former circus artist and gymnast (double WOW)!
Hey! My name is Shelli and I’m a personal trainer at F45. Something that always makes people smile when I talk about myself, is that I used to be a former circus artist and gymnast
I always opt to try plastic free alternatives, when possible, especially when I’m out and about. Ultimately, my goal is to help the environment and I feel like choosing plastic alternatives is my way of contributing towards the benefit of the planet. Plastic pollution is totally out of control – as we all know – so by changing some of my daily habits I feel like I’ve played my part as best as I can.
In terms of challenges, I’d say the expense of some alternatives out there. However, you MUST see it as an investment, because ultimately that’s what it is! You’re not only contributing to positive change but also investing in products that will last longer due to their higher quality (depending on what they are).
CanO Water is obviously my go-to alternative whilst at the gym – I am super glad that F45 stock it! Not only are they a great way to hydrate but they also keep the water nice and cool. I feel totally guilt free when I forget to bring my flask to sessions. In terms of flasks, I have a cool CanO Water one, which also keeps my water icy cold.
You may be one person in a large community, but you can have a lot of power in the say of how and what can be changed, especially if people with similar values come together!!
Ultimately, plastic free July isn’t about being perfectly plastic free, but rather about finding ways to improve our surrounding environment through small changes in our lives or by learning/taking new things on and sharing them with our community, whether it be loved ones, acquaintances or strangers. Having an impact on your community will be close to impossible as a lone ranger, but slowly getting facts and stats across to individuals all over your community will create a domino effect. Starting with these steps in the home, school, workplace and gym will definitely get the ball rolling in the right direction!