Today we interview Andy Little, co-founder of Eco Gym, a chain of environmentally-friendly gyms in Brighton and Lancing which aim to reduce their environmental impact as much as possible.
Could you tell us a little bit about Eco Gym and how it is environmentally friendly?
Eco Gym uses its cardio equipment to harness the power of human energy and send it directly back to the grid. Not only do we utilise our cardio equipment but also look at how we can improve the footprint of the gym itself: from solar panels, low energy and consumption showers to homemade non-toxic cleaning products made from essential oils.
Why does the world need more environmentally-friendly gyms?
Why not, that is the question you should be asking.
Do you have any additional ways you are looking to make your gyms even more environmentally friendly?
Each site can differ. We have an ambition that one day we can be totally off the grid but this isn’t always achievable. In these cases we will do what we can to improve the EPC of the building (EPC is an Energy Performance Certificate - a rating on how energy efficient a building is). This could be through changing the heating system, the lighting or the doors and windows. We are going to work with a company named Allcott that will help us scrutinise how we can best make these changes to maximise the effect we have.
What’s next for Eco Gym?
We launched the Franchise in February 2018 and have seen some interest from the UK, Europe and the USA. Our aim is to grow the business as much as we can to help create a network of Eco Gym’s across the planet. We are also seeking investment to help with our independent growth. We hope to take the brand to major cities and University towns across the UK.
Finally, what advice would you give to people looking to make their fitness routines more sustainable?
Whether it’s a reusable water bottle, sustainably sourced clothing or stopping using single use plastics, all of these steps are achievable changes to make. There is a lot of free material available out there from people like 'Surfers Against Sewage' or the 'Marine Conservation Society' to help you start on your environmental journey. Being green isn’t something for a select few or just members of green organisations, it’s something we all have to do our bit in. If we all do a little it can have a large positive impact on the planet and our health.