As a business we are always searching for ways to make sure we can minimise the impact we have on our environment. As outlined in our Environmental Policy we recognise that sustainability is a journey and as such we continue to monitor our progress against targets we set annually and adjust policies and procedures as needed.
Some types of yoga mats may be bad for you depending on the materials they are made of and how they are manufactured. Mats made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), PU (polyurethane), and TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) have been linked to health and environmental concerns. Additionally, all of these types of yoga mats are not biodegradable and can take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill. Not a great foundation for finding your balance!
One of the best things about yoga is that you can do it literally anywhere. That means that even if you're heading off on holiday or travelling for business, you can still keep up with your practice. All you need is your yoga mat. But how do you choose the right one for travel? Here are a few things to consider.
If you've ever been to a yoga class, you know that mats come in all different thicknesses. Some are thin and lightweight, while others are thick and cushioned. But have you ever wondered why there is such a range of options?
As a yogi we all spend a lot of time on mats. Whether that's at home, at the studio or gym or if we're lucky outside in our local parks or even on the beach. The last thing we want to disrupt our flow is a dirty or worse smelly mat!
Currently, only 3% of philanthropic donations go towards environmental causes. Three. That’s a really, really small number. Interestingly enough, we can make a huge impact on that small number with an even smaller number: 1%. That’s where 1% for the Planet comes in.
When it comes to climate change, we all have an important role to play in solving it, and that includes businesses. Over the last year we have been working hard to assess our carbon footprint and conduct a life-cycle assessment of our key products.
We are all familiar with those spongy ribbed PVC yoga mats, with their worn interior at your regular feet placement positions, that wafting odour of yesterday’s sweat and the small flaking particles it leaves every time you roll your mat away. Not only is this hugely unappealing but being made from Polyvinyl Chloride this product is one of the most environmentally hazardous consumer materials ever produced. And as an environmentally conscious yogi yourself why not dig a little deeper and discover some alternate options that will not only aid your yoga practice but will be far more beneficial for the health and wellbeing of everyone involved in the full lifecycle of your yoga mat.
We have always been passionate about the sustainability and ethical nature of our products, and by sourcing only the highest quality materials which meet our values means we are often supporting suppliers from all corners of the world. Many of these suppliers are located in countries where national laws for protecting workers are inadequate and poorly enforced and environmental practices are more of a guideline than a requirement.
At Luxya Yoga we take sustainability very seriously. We knew we wanted to create a brand that held true to our personal beliefs and made sustainable development a key part of the business. We believe as a brand and as a company we have a responsibility to care for and preserve the environment. To leave our planet in a better state for our children.