Yogis tend to be environmentally conscious people. We recycle, mend, and reuse. I’m pretty much like that, but sometimes the girl in me simply craves a new piece for my wardrobe. I’ve always been telling myself that it’s okay to shop as long as I buy things that last long and don’t just go to landfill after a year of constant use.
But now there’s an even better solution: Yoga and fitness gear made of recycled plastic bottles or even recycled polyamide fabric. Really, it’s genius. Why waste all those bottles, and why wait 30-40 years for polyamide to degrade on a landfill if you can recycle it?
There are quite a few brands that offer an eco-conscious way of taming the shopping-tiger in you:
Gaiam generally produces in a sustainable fashion, using organic materials; Hugger Mugger sells a yoga blanket made of recycled polyester and acrylic fibres; the Prana Sutra Pant is a blend of hemp and recycled PET; New Balance has a racerback tank made of recycled poly/Spandex fabric; the Soybu Alecia Tank is made of recycled plastic (every tank saves about 12 soda and water bottles from landfill); of course there’s Teeki, making funky pants from recycled plastic bottles; and Lolë has a top that is also partly made of recycled bottles.
British company Wellicious has just introduced Jersey Lomellina Recycled Polyamide that is OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified. It is mostly made of recycled products, otherwise destined to the landfill, which are transformed into a new yarn (they mix the recycled polyamide with a few per cent of elastane).
Well, what’s not to like?
Have you tried eco-conscious clothing? Or do you follow the Manduka black mat pro approach (“you keep it a lifetime and therefore it’s sustainable”)?
Tell me about your shopping experience!