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Is your yoga gear eco-friendly?

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?

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Wellicious’ bra and leggings – made of discarded products!

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!

~ Andrea

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3 replies »

  1. I agree Andrea and like you I battle sometimes with my girlie/consumerist desires for yet another item of clothing…
    For yoga wear I’m quite fond of dharma bums and hipwidth (both australian brands) who make claims about environmental friendliness as well as worker-friendliness. Perhaps there’s something more to consider than the physical environment in our shopping choices — also the avoidance of sweatshops and human exploitation.

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