Whether it is swinging from a rope into the river, riding a bike down mountain trails, hiking to hill tops, swimming in waterfalls or exploring new “spots”- the outdoors has always felt much like home. A place where you can relax. A place where you can get away from the chaos of the built up world.
This year alone, these areas have been torn apart by fire, flood, hail and drought.
You might be wondering, what does any of this have to do with a gym? The truth is- nothing at all. Small business however, read on and see.
Whether you are a believer or sceptic in regards to climate change- it is hard to deny that change is happening, whether it be man made entirely, a natural progression, or something already “real” but sped up by humans- it is hard to deny that we are experiencing change.
It’s not at all my place to convince you either way as to what is real and what isn’t. Although fear mongering and hysteria will create conversation around this issue driven by fear and get the ball rolling on change- that isn’t my game. I am a small business owner, one who has asked the question many times- what can I do to make a difference?
Starting out in business it was the flexible work schedule, seemingly uncapped earning potential and to pursue a career in a field that I love that drove me. Now, a little older, a little wiser (I would hope), although these things are still important motivators- that question, what can I do to make a difference keeps popping up, a more and more important priority.
As a small business, we are capable of making change- be it through action, awareness or ongoing commitment. My goal moving forward with Hybrid Performance is to act on all three of these to contribute to the conservation and restoration of the natural world.
Toward the end of last year the question was asked to our members through anonymous survey “If your membership contributed to a charitable cause, would you rather it go toward: The Environment, Sporting Equipment for Schools, or something else.
The overwhelming response was to contribute towards the environment, one that I wholeheartedly back as well. Moving forward we are making ongoing commitments over the next twelve months to lessen the impact we have on the environment as a business by:
- Making a greater effort to have recycling options in gym for members
- Removing single use plastics from the gym
- Moving our member progress tracking from paper to online
- Removing paper towels
- Changing toilet paper to “Who Gives a Crap”
- Opting for eco-friendly merchandise
In addition to this, and the aspect that I am most excited about is taking action in the form of $1 from every weekly membership being donated directly to environmental charities that work to preserve, regenerate and safeguard the environment not just for us or the next generation, but also the animals that call this environment home (another cause very important to many of our members).
Understandably there will be people out there who question whether climate change is real and if it isn’t, why waste effort or money to change it? To this I would suggest even if it isn’t real, what harm can come from lessening our own impact on our oceans, forests, mountains and valleys. What damage or inconvenience to us, can come from more conscious purchasing and business habits.
Why stop at helping the people in our community achieve health and longevity- why not extend it to the realm that our community exists in? This is the power or capabilities that our small businesses have- the ability to change direction quickly, to give to and support the aspects of our community that need help most and lead a movement longing for change.
This is the first step in the future of Hybrid Performance lowering it’s environmental impact and eventually, moving towards becoming carbon neutral- something that for me, and I hope for you too, is exciting. No doubt it will present challenges, it won’t all be smooth sailing and that’s ok- after all nothing worth having ever comes easy and I’m ok with that.
That question though, I will keep asking it. What can I do to make a difference? The one take away I would love for you to have from this article is this- what can you do to make a difference?