Sangha Session 21: "How have you repurposed your old yoga mat(s)?"

This Sangha Session is part of our ‘Can You Practice Without Plastic?’ campaign to reduce the amount of plastic being created by the yoga industry. Hashtag: #plasticfreeyogarevolution.

In the campaign we are discouraging the purchase of PVC yoga mats due to their toxic impact on the environment and us. Not only is PVC toxic, but it is non-biodegradable and cannot be recycled.

Many people are looking for ways to re-use their old PVC mats. There are millions of them out there that are desperate for a new purpose in life! :slight_smile:

My pup will be undergoing surgery for a torn ligament in her leg soon. Our home will need to be completely non-slip for 8-14 weeks. My old yoga mats fit perfectly in our hallway and provide her the non-slip surface she needs.

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I’ve rolled up old mats and secured the edge with strapping tape. Then I sew a cover (or slip on some pillow cases) and use them as bolsters during my yoga practice. They work great!!

I’ve also cut them to size and lined the dog’s crate with them—-seems all of my dogs love the feel of a yoga mat under them.

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I use an old mat to kneel on when I’m gardening. Or as extra cushion under my new mats.

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I practiced yoga for 30 odd years without a mat. My daughter bought me a mat about 10 years ago but to be honest, I often forget to get it out for my practice. How do you know when a mat needs to be replaced?

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Great ideas!

Yes, old mats are great beds for dogs and scratching mats for cats - and to make bolsters. I never thought of that. I have found them useful for anytime I need to kneel or lie on the ground, like painting, gardening or changing the oil in my car.

A friend of mine uses old mats to pad his roof rack when loading his kayak. There are so many great uses!

@celia.apple Yes, some people don’t ever feel like they need a mat if they have a good carpet to practice on. You know a mat needs to be replaced when it gets quite worn down, loses its grip and even starts to flake.

I put mine on the dresser in my toddler’s room now that he is too big for a regular changing table, but still needs to be changed. Soft easily cleaned surface for him and it protects the furniture.