Yoga is an amazing practice that connects mind and body while simultaneously improving flexibility, strengthening muscles and lifting your mood. Unfortunately, the majority of yoga clothing and gear leaves a hefty carbon footprint in its wake.
There are, however, plenty of alternative options on the market for those looking to surround themselves with more responsibly-made gear. We've rounded up everything you need, from mats to activewear, that not only look good but are also good for the planet.
prAna Henna E.C.O. Yoga Mat
Like all of prAna's products, the Henna E.C.O. Yoga Mat is created with the environment in mind. The mat is made from 100%-recyclable Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE). Additionally, the mat is UV resistant, lightweight and PVC- and chloride-free. As an added bonus, its closed cell construction works to prevent germs from absorbing into the mat. Win-win.
Manduka eKO Yoga Mat
Manduko's eKO mat is made from non-Amazon harvested natural tree rubber. To further its eco-construction, the foaming agents in the mat are non-toxic and a blend of polyester and natural cotton is used for reinforcement in lieu of synthetic polyester. The biodegradable natural rubber provides a non-slip grip, fulfilling the company's mission of being good for both your practice and the planet.
At Suga, they've found a way to repurpose old wetsuits and give them new life through yoga mats. Trade in one of your old suits and you'll receive a 10% discount on one of their 5 millimeter yoga mats, surf changing mats or beverage koozie. One wetsuit equals one yoga mat!
Slowtide Makai Towel
Whether you want something to wipe down with after a sweaty session or a lightweight alternative to a yoga mat, Slowtide towels are made from 100% cotton that is sourced through the Cotton LEADS program to ensure that the cotton is produced responsibly. Their travel towels and other products are made from 100% post-consumer waste and certified through the Global Recycled Standard.
Nomadix Baja Towel
Nomadix towels are large and versatile, making them perfect for a yoga session, to use as a beach towel or to pack along for a road trip. Made from recycled plastic bottles, the Baja Towel is lightweight, quick drying and packs down small for when you're on the go. The company’s philosophy is "Own less. Do more,” and these long-lasting towels allow you to do just that.
Toad & Co. Printed Lean Legging
Toad & Co. pride themselves in being the original "trail to tavern" brand, and believe that sustainability isn't the easy route, it's the only route. They've got you covered for workouts and a night out on the town, and the Printed Lean Legging is no exception. Made from stretchy foxtrot, an eco-friendly blend of organic cotton, spandex and modal, these tights are soft, stretchy and crossover perfectly from the yoga studio to your next destination.
Kozm Warrior Too Yoga Short
The Warrior Too Yoga Short is a lightweight short made from Hempton Blend Fabric: 55% hemp, 41% organic cotton and 4% Elastane. Hemp has amazing anti-microbial properties, so the company recommends washing every other wear to extend the life of your shorts as well as cut down on water usage. With ultimate transparency in mind, Kozm also provides a breakdown of the costs and supplies of the entire manufacturing process of their shorts.
prAna Momento Bra
This racerback bra is sustainably made from 76% recycled nylon and 24% Lycra Elastane. The bra comes in three colors and features strappy back details as well as removable cups for customizable support. Like everything prAna creates, the Momento Bra is Fair Trade Certified, so you can feel good about what you're wearing.
Patagonia Fleur Tank Top
At Patagonia, they're all about fair labor practices, safe working conditions and environmental responsibility throughout the entire manufacturing process. The Fleur tank is a breathable racerback tank made from 89% recycled polyester and 11% spandex fabric. It’s Fair Trade sewn and made from bluesign approved fabric to ensure the smallest footprint possible.
Vuori Tuvalu Tank
The Tuvalu tank is ultra soft and lightweight, featuring anti-odor and SeaCell technologies. SeaCell fiber is made entirely from renewable raw materials, such as cellulose and seaweed, and is good for your skin as well as for the environment. In addition to seaweed, the Tuvalu tank is crafted from Pima cotton and wood pulp, creating the ultimate trifecta when it comes to sustainable materials.
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