More and more often I’m seeing new styles of yoga taking off somewhere in the world. Whether that be HIIT, aerial, underwater, or naked yoga, there are innovations everywhere you look with this timeless practice. As a result, it’s no surprise that there are a number of yoga brands that are being innovative with not only their products but their entire production process. Brands all over the world are making mats, yoga wear and other practice items that are greener than a barefoot kale farmer
A brand that goes to the end of the mat to ensure their products are sourced sustainably in Prana. Their partners adhere to strict guidelines, and as a company, their mission is to make their only impact on the world a positive one. Their products are made from organic cotton, hemp, recycled wool, recycled polyester and responsibly sourced down. Check out their products that are sourced from fair trade factories here.
Bridging the gap between eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing is the Bold Mats company. With their strong designs and vibrant colours, you would never think that they would be latex, heavy metal and phthalate free – common products found in other yoga mats. Whether its crane or crow you’re in, their Eco-friendly Origami Cranes Printed Yoga Mat will keep you grounded with its incredible design and long lasting usage.
Named as the ‘Original Eco Yoga Mat’, Barefoot mats will have you practically sprouting leaves in your tree pose. Made of all-natural rubber and jute fiber, this product is made 100% free from any chemical additives. Whilst being made from all natural material, the rubber composition is also incredible for grip, on both the ground and your body. It’s also 100% biodegradable.
Other impressively sustainable products from this brand include their sustainably harvested Cork Yoga Blocks, their Natural Jute & Polymer Environmental Resin Yoga Mat, and their Mexican Yoga Blankets made from a blend of recycled cotton and acrylic fibers.
Inner waves organics
Some brands have taken their mindfulness on the mat to a whole new level – one being Inner waves organics. The family owned business is made by yogis for yogis and places a large emphasis on both the feel of the clothing as well as its production journey. By choosing environmentally friendly fabrics from sustainable sources, ensuring good working conditions by having products locally produced, and using dyes with natural ingredients they’re making some pretty incredible products.
Off the mat, this company is also making a huge impact. Their support of the ‘Give Back Yoga Foundation’ allows the national non-profit organisation to continue to help certified teachers share yoga and its therapeutic benefits with those in need.
Have you ever wondered how many yoga mats around the world? Well, imagine the world where a tree is planted for everyone sold: introducing Jade Yoga who has planted over 1 million trees so far for every mat they’ve delivered to their customers. In addition to this, their mats tick all the boxes on sustainability, functionality, and design: the colours are vibrant but natural, the fabric used is has incredible grip and all the material is sourced in a sustainable manner. None of their products contain PVC, EVA or synthetic rubber and are sourced from natural ingredients, making them 100% biodegradable.
Their products are made in the USA to mitigate labour abuse, encourage consumer protection and to be developed under strict organic regulations.
You can rest easy in your Shavasana if you’re using products like Manduka whose company goal is to reduce global consumption by focusing on quality products that last a lifetime. From the moment you hear about their products, you can see their commitment to conservancy and transparency in all areas including production, design and product development.
The high-quality mats of Manduka are created from carefully selected materials with the aim of the smallest possible carbon footprint as possible. The result? High performance, sustainable and durable products that last as long as you will practice yoga.
Their range of mats are for life: their PRO mats are made from high-quality PVC, manufactured emissions free and have a life-time guarantee; their eKo mats are made from sustainably sourced rubber, with a zero waste production process and containing no harmful plastics; and every other Manduka mat sold is free from toxic chemicals, dyes and parabens.
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