The Ultimate Guide to Eco-Friendly Yoga Gear

The Ultimate Guide to Eco-Friendly Yoga Gear
 

Are you happy with your plastic yoga clothes and yoga mat? 

This is an important question for the billions of people around the world who do yoga regularly. One of the most important guiding principles of yoga is caring deeply about what makes us all healthy and happy, including our beautiful, fragile planet
 
How, as yogis, can we truly honor this principle when we are responsible for adding massive amounts of toxic plastics to our land and oceans? Approximately 50% of the 36 million yoga mats made globally each year are made from PVC. 90% of the 83 million items of yoga clothing purchased yearly in the US are made from synthetics. PVC is incredibly toxic, requiring cancer-causing chemicals to be created, producing high volumes of toxic waste, does not break down and cannot be recycled. Synthetic clothes are created through chemically intensive processes, pollute our air and water with toxins and plastic microfibers, do not biodegrade and cannot be recycled. This is why I ask you...

Are you happy with your plastic yoga clothes and yoga mat, knowing the terrible environmental costs?

For years I have asked myself 'Why is this happening?' I believe there are two potential reasons: 1) We don’t understand the environmental impact of our consumer choices or 2) We choose to turn a blind eye. If the former is true, you can remedy it by checking out this article on the impact of synthetic clothing and this one on PVC yoga mats. If the latter is true, can you and I agree to change now? It isn't hard to do. In fact, this article is designed to make the transition easier for you by providing you with a variety of fantastic solutions.
 
DoYogaWithMe has teamed up with a passionate group of like-minded yoga companies whose business philosophy is to create high quality, eco-friendly yoga equipment, including yoga mats, blocks, straps, bolsters, meditation cushions, clothes and others. We have personally tested products from each company and spoken with many of the founders, giving us the confidence we need to recommend them.
 
The companies have been separated into three categories: Yoga Equipment Suppliers, Yoga Mats Only, Yoga Clothes Only and For Ambience. If you would like to suggest one that is not on this list, add it in the comment section below. This article will continue to change as we become aware of more sustainably-minded yoga companies. So keep checking back!
 
Also, check out our Can You Practice Without Plastic? campaign, sign up for the newsletter and get involved!
 
 

YOGA EQUIPMENT SUPPLIERS

 

Carolina Morning Carolina Morning Logo
Location:
North Carolina, USA
Eco Products: Meditation cushions and benches | Yoga props
Packaging: No plastic is used

Since 1984, Carolina Morning has created simple organic bedroom and living room furniture, office furniture, and eco yoga/meditation props that are designed with the best natural materials, including organic cotton, eco-wool, chemical-free kapok, buckwheat hulls, sustainably harvested hardwoods and non-toxic finishes.

Location: USA
Eco Products: Yoga Mats | Blocks
Packaging: No plastic is used
 
JadeYoga makes eco-friendly yoga mats and props and gives back to the earth with every product sold. In addition to being eco-friendly, Jade mats come in fun colors and have incredible grip and comfort.  Jade mats are made sustainably with natural rubber tapped from rubber trees, a rapidly renewable resource and are made in the United States. And, Jade plants a tree for every mat sold – with over two million trees planted so far.
 
Location: Utah, USA
Eco Products: Yoga Mats | Jute Mat Bag | Cork, Bamboo and Recycled Foam Blocks
Packaging: These two yoga mats are not shipped with plastic packaging
 
Hugger Mugger has a blend of eco-friendly and plastic-derived yoga products. In particular, we love their para rubber yoga mat and bamboo yoga block. They ship all of their yoga mats without plastic and try to use as little plastic as possible with other products. 
 
Location: Canada
Eco Products: Yoga mats | Cork blocks | Cork massage balls
Packaging: No plastic is used
 
Tranquil Yogi is a passionate start-up that is dedicated to eco-friendly practices. They make a small variety of natural yoga mats, blocks and massage balls and ship without any plastic. Their yoga straps and mat straps are made from synthetic fibers. If you use the above link 10% Off will be applied to your purchase.
 
Location: Rhode Island, USA
Products: Yoga mats | Blocks | Straps | Wheels
Packaging: No plastic is used
 
Sustainability meets performance with 2nd Wind.  There isn't a single best mat for everyone, but there is a companion mat for your practice and they have it. They like to keep things on the fun side, but make no mistake these are functionally some of the very best mats available.
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
Eco Products: Yoga mats | Cork massage balls
Packaging: No plastic is used
 
Urbivore’s passion is to run an online, zero-waste business. They also have a boutique, magazine and cafe. Included in their wonderful product line are lip balms, deodorants, bracelets and plant hangers. 
 
Location: USA
Eco Products: Indigena Natural Yoga Mat | Yoga Strap | Vaha Yoga Pants
Packaging: The Indigena Yoga Mat doesn’t have plastic packaging
 

The majority of Prana’s mats are made from TPE and most of their clothing, made from synthetics, are shipped in plastic. However, their Indigena yoga mat is made from all natural rubber and ships wrapped in a single piece of paper. They also have a yoga strap made from organic cotton and fantastic men’s yoga pants that are a blend of 53% hemp and 47% polyester.

 

YOGA MATS ONLY

 
Location: UK
Eco Products: Yoga Mats
Packaging: No plastic is used
 
Liforme has been dedicated to making high quality, eco-friendly yoga mats for many years. Their mats are high quality and durable. This is what they do and they do it very, very well. 
 
Location: USA
Eco Products: Black Oval and Rectangular Yoga Mats
Packaging: No plastic is used
 
Kiss the Sky yoga mats are made in the USA from all natural, 100% recycled rubber and strive to manufacture with zero emissions.
 

YOGA CLOTHES ONLY

 

Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Eco Products: All clothing (only women)
Packaging: Compostable packaging is used
 
Prana Vida makes clothing from sustainable fabrics (Tencel, lyocell and organic cotton) that emphasize comfort and are great for maternity and postpartum. We recommend their Breeze and Euphoria Leggings, and their Embrace Bra. For 10% off, use the code 'DOYOGA'.
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Eco Products: All clothing (only women)
Packaging: No plastic is used
 
Free Label is an ethical and sustainable clothing company that sews each garment by hand in Vancouver and custom mills and dyes many of the fabrics in Toronto. They make stylish, quality clothing for a variety of body types. 
 
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Eco Products: All clothing (women only)
Packaging: Clothes are sent in plastic bags
 
Icebreaker provides natural performance alternatives to synthetic-based apparel. They have an extensive product list that includes many items that are made exclusively from merino wool, tencel or a blend, while others contain up to 40% synthetic fibers.
 

Eileen FisherEileen Fisher Logo
Location: USA
Eco Products: All Clothing
Packaging: Some plastic is used 


Eileen Fisher is a global leader in sustainably-made fashion, as shown by their Behind the Label section, with transparent descriptions of their business practices, such as their Supply Chain, their perspective on Responsible Fibers and Human Rights.

 
Location: California, USA
Eco Products: All clothing (men and women)
Packaging: Clothes are sent in recycled paper mailers
 
Inner Waves Organics designs sustainable yoga wear with a conscience. All of their clothing is made from soft organic cotton and is handcrafted in California, USA.
 
Location: Israel
Eco Products: All clothing (women only)
Packaging: all items are packed in a fabric tout and then in a plastic envelope
 
Ripple clothes are made from natural materials such as Modal, Cotton, and Viscose. All fabrics are plant-based, natural, sustainable, durable and toxin-free, all conforming to the highest European standards. Use code doyogawithme10 to receive 10% off all products.
 

Movement Global Movement Global Logo
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Eco Products: All Clothing
Packaging: Some plastic is used

Movement Global makes all of their clothes in Canada, from a wonderfully comfortable and functional organic-bamboo blend. 

Salt SALT logo
Location: Saltspring Island, BC, Canada
Eco Products: All Clothing
Packaging: Some plastic is used

SALT is a Canadian company that is passionate about connection, community and ocean conservation. They design each  piece to create meaningful conversation around minimizing their environmental impact, in your home and on the go. Their tag line: Born from the Ocean. Canadian Made + Designed to Last.

 

 

FOR AMBIENCE

 

Little Fox Apothecary Little Fox Apothecary Logo
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Eco Products: Aromatherapy, detergents, lotions, body wash, bath salts, candles, remedies, bug spray
Packaging: No plastic is used

Little Fox’s handcrafted, aromatherapy and plant-based wellness products are crafted to help individuals heal, find balance and restore. They are committed to using locally sourced, wildcrafted ingredients which are 100% free of synthetic or harmful chemicals.

Nezza Naturals Nezza Naturals
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Eco Products: Aromatherapy, detergents, lotions, body wash, bath salts, candles, remedies, bug spray
Packaging: No plastic is used


Nezza is based on the belief that plant-based ingredients hold powerful healing qualities and what you put on your body is as important as what you put in it. The founder, James, has researched and formulated over 400 products.

Big Dipper Wax Works Big Dipper Wax Works Logo
Location: Seattle, USA
Eco Products: Candles
Packaging: No plastic is used


Big Dipper candles are hand-crafted in Seattle, WA with 100% pure beeswax collected from beekeepers in the Western US and Canada. They focus on creating products and a work environment that contribute to the health of our community and planet.

Organic Aromas Organic Aromas Logo
Location: USA
Eco Products: Diffusers and Essential Oils
Packaging: Some plastic packaging used to protect the diffusers


Organic Aromas nebulizers, with cool mist technology, diffuse only pure essential oils with no heat, no water and no plastic. Their diffusers are handmade with plantation hardwood and hand-blown with pyrex glass.

 

Thank you for reading and, ultimately, for caring! We hope you feel inspired to support these wonderful companies who are dedicated to providing more eco-friendly options.

 
 
 

 

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Comments

LaureneHayden 3 months ago

This is the best news I've heard in years! I have been so dismayed and frustrated about the lack of natural clothing, and every store carrying plastic clothes disguised as some superior "tech" item.

Thank you David and DYWM for creating this awareness and resource center!!!

Camillamia.com 4 months ago

Very helpful guide! I looove Jade Yoga's gear it's nice to see it here on this list.
Hugs from Cami.

pperasso21 4 months ago

Are you able to tell me if any of these companies make kid's yoga mats? My kid has become very into yoga thanks to watching your kid classes while home from school right now!

pperasso21 4 months ago

Thank you, David, for that suggestion. Unfortunately Jade informed me that they discontinued their kids mats last year.

David Procyshyn 4 months ago

Oh, that's too bad. I guess not enough demand. I wish I knew of an alternative!

pperasso21 3 months ago

I found a couple of kids yoga mats made with cork, though the companies weren't listed in this article. Yoloha has some, as does Scoria. Are you familiar with these companies, and if so, are their materials and practices considered eco friendly?

shelkath 5 months ago

Great article. Thank you. I wandered into Eileen Fisher to check it out never having realized they were so responsible with their clothing, It was a great visit - hit a great sale and refreshed my wardrobe for spring. Thank you for the info about them. They’ll be Go To brand now.