What is your favorite eco-friendly yoga company? (from our "Can You Practice Without Plastic?" Global Campaign)

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This question is part of our “Can You Practice Without Plastic?” Global Campaign (also known as our Plastic-Free Yoga Revolution #plasticfreeyogarevolution!), which will be launched on Earth Day, April 22, 2019.

Eco-friendly means different things to different people. It is a complicated issue. In this campaign, we are trying to keep it simple. We are asking yoga-related businesses to do their best to reduce the amount of plastic within their production process, their products and packaging. And we are asking students to support the businesses that are committed to making clothing and mats that are plastic-free.

To help us reduce the amount of plastic being added to our fragile planet, tell us about the eco-friendly, yoga-related companies that you love and why you love them!

Be the change you want to see in the world!

Thank you,

David Procyshyn
DoYogaWithMe Founder

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Hello everyone - David, I’m so glad to asked this question! My favourite supplier of yoga clothing is Dear ‘Lil Devas of Toronto. I started off with their light weight cotton yoga pants and will NEVER wear clingy yoga clothes again!!
Rosie offers yoga clothing and accessories in linen, cotton and bamboo “made in a relaxed, benevolent, non-factory environment in Canada”. Her orders are shipped in boxes what make you happy.
I recommend checking out her site www.dearlildevas.com
I have no connection to them other than being a very, very satisfied repeat customer.
Therese
Timmins ON

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I’ve never been a fan of synthetic clothing and have struggled over the years to find what I’m looking for in organic cotton or wool instead. Currently, I usually wear capri tights from Fig Clothing Company. MEC has one tank/shelf bra top that comes in cotton for one colour and synthetics for another - I bought the cotton, of course!

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Hi doyogawithme!

I’m really enjoying the suggestions here, and the conversation in general. Thank you for that. will definitely look out for these suggestions when I come to replenishing my yoga stuff!

That said, I really want to encourage you (as a huge fan of the site and suscriber) to revisit this topic (eco-friendly) with other parameters in the future… Reducing plastic use is really important, but it would be a shame and wasted opportunity (I think) not to encourage respectful reflection on flying. As the global yoga community grows, so has flying around the world to retreats, and while I aim not to be dogmatic or have 100% unbreakable ‘rules’, this troubles me. As tough as these conversations can be to have, I think they are not only something that an engaged and ethically minded community like Doyogawithme fosters can handle, but they are also essential to yoga, to our own personal development, and to our environment.

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Great suggestions everyone. As I’m sure you agree that this is a very important conversation to have, considering the amount of plastic (and other pollutants) that are being added to our natural environment daily.

As you said, @kbquinn53, the problem is much bigger than plastics. As we committed to this issue, we spent many hours discussing our approach and including other prominent players in the industry. We needed to be conscious of many factors, including honouring peoples’ busy lives, constant information overload and the prevalence of negative press.

For simplicity (for our sake and our community’s) we chose to keep the message simple (for now, anyway) and limit the focus to plastic in clothing and yoga mats. We want to see if people get inspired by this message, and we can grow it out to other issues from there.

I agree with you that flying to retreats around the world is a problem in itself, and as you know DoYogaWithMe leads our own retreats around the world. Being ethically minded in all aspects of life is challenging and this is also a complicated issue. We are hoping to host more retreats that encourage local students to participate, to minimize the need for flights. I know that likely won’t address this problem enough, but we do our best to minimize our negative impact on the planet.

Thanks for you thoughtful comments.

David
DoYogaWithMe Founder

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Hi David,

Thanks so much for your response. It’s genuinely interesting and illuminating to hear the kinds of processes you guys have for working out your direction, and I agree it’s a topic that needs nuance. There’s definitely a tricky balance between respecting people’s busy and complicated lives and trying to activate a critical reflection on ethical practices…so, I’m happy to hear you’d like to grow out the conversation further in future.

And encouraging local participation at retreats sound really good!

Thanks again, and thanks for this great site.
Katherine

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Thank you for initiating a discussion on this topic. I feel it‘s important to not only purchase eco-friendly yoga clothing and yoga equipment, but to also responsibly recycle what one already owns. One way to do this is to pass on good yoga things to others who may not be able to afford new things. I try to select classic items in all my purchases, for example, clothing, household items, that will last and not quickly go out of style. It’s just part of my minimalistic nature, I suppose.

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@kbquinn53 @mb8649
Yes, we’ve thought about this long and hard, and we still consider our approach fluid. We’re open to adapting. We do have enough understanding of the issue to know what the biggest problems are and the current solutions. And yes, we need to honor that everyone has busy lives and they may not be able to afford clothing made from organic cotton or tencel!

And yes, recycling! Absolutely. It seems, at least for now, there is no way to recycle PVC (a common plastic in yoga mats) or polyester, outside of what you just said, which is to pass the clothing on to someone else.

We just added two articles, by the way, if you haven’t seen them. They go into some depth on the topics of mats and clothes.

Be Good to the Planet - The Environmental Impact of Yoga Mats

Be Good to the Planet - The Environmental Impact of Yoga Clothes

This is an issue worth talking about so thanks for sharing!

Take care,

David