RecycleYourMat.com has developed a multi-chanel approach for keeping yoga mats out of landfills, so you can contribute mats & help grow their ecosystem. Thanks to Manduka the cycle continues with 20% off a purchase on their website after recycling a mat.
"Sustainability is guilt management from the past. Why would we want to be less bad, when instead we can be good? Instead of talking about minimizing our footprint, Cradle to Cradle is about making a big and positive footprint."
Dr. Michael Braungart in his introduction for ‘C2C practice in education’ for Redesign Thursday
If you have a smartphone or tablet, download the iRecycle app & try out the collection point locator right away on for one thing that’s been laying around - or maybe just something you’re never quite sure of.
Using this app we’ve discovered many big-box retailers offer collection points for hard-to-recycle items!
Why we love :
Not only did this program spring truly from grassroots, but the focus of the Reuse tugs at our heart strings. If there’s a drop-off point in your area, your mat will likely go to students of a yoga instructor who donates her or his time to lead yoga classes at local relief & rehabilitation organizations.
Wondering what the deal is with ‘Reuse Tuesdays’? Check out our inaugural post.
This Reduce Monday focuses on how we get and stay hydrated for yoga practice.
Break down and buy a BPA-free water bottle you love that you’ll use to hydrate before, during & after yoga practice. Make it your practice days or everyday companion. Choices range from BPA-free plastics to stainless steel, glass, bamboo, & built-in filters.
Do this to Reduce the amount of one-time use plastic bottles you consume while hydrating to get the most out of your practice.
In our inaugural blog post we mentioned the influence of ‘convenience culture’ over Reduce efforts when we introduced Reduce Mondays.
Whether you do or do not already make efforts to reduce your use of one-time use bottles how do you think convenience plays a role? For me, I’ve found having a reusable bottle I only use for water and bring with me everyday way more convenient than buying a bottle or asking for a glass whenever I’m thirsty. The fact that I bring it nearly everywhere I go matters as I’m not someone who could remember to bring it specific days. Also, using the bottle only for water is key for me, because this means lightly rinsing it suffices most days. Alternatively, it seems there are many who assume convenience will kill any attempt to Reduce usage.
A poll ‘Could you remember to bring along a reusable cup each time? ’ in this article about Starbucks’ recent introduction of a $1 in-store, reusable cup probably reflects similar doubts for conscious attempts to Reduce one-time use of water bottles, but can you really lose? Even if you fail 50% of the time you’ll still wind up consuming half of the one-time-use plastic water bottles you did last year.
Need more ?
1) Did you know many areas do not have the capacity to recycle the twist-off tops that seal one-time use water bottles? Guess where those end up.
2) Yes, most of the bottle is recyclable (as it’s likely made from chasing arrows #1 PET plastic), however the FDA has not approved use of recycled PET for food & beverage containers. If it’s proven safe, hopefully this will change, but until then you don’t even have the choice of picking a brand that using non-virgin materials.
3) Did you know most one-time use plastic water bottles we use are made mainly of precious, limited fossil fuels?
Why do sustainability experts commonly position Reduce as the most crucial ‘R’ or as we put it in our founding post - ‘king’ of the 5Rs?
Along with the usual small amount of energy it takes to use less, the immediateness of the impact & much higher likelihood of easily measurable results both play key roles. Some of our vegetarian & carnivorous friends alike already cut down on Mondays in their own way with the spread of ‘Meatless Mondays’.
The Green Yoga Co. has a chosen mission of making and aggregating the Earth-Friendlist yoga gear.
We believe needed improvements abound.
We also believe that yogis care about bringing sustainability into their practice & will help where they can.
In that spirit, we’ll use this inaugural post to state our intention of dedicating our blog to the 5Rs : Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Redesign, Redirect.
Yes. 5. Hopefully you’re slightly mind-blown but no so much so that you cannot go on to peruse (pa-rooze) the ‘R’ we’ll highlight each weekday.
Reduce Mondays : Using less — ‘PERIOD’ comes up the most as king of the 5Rs. Sheryl Eisenberg at the Natural Resources Defense Council suggests cutting back, however little , begs a poignant challenge in North America where “convenience is next to godliness”. Mondays we’ll tackle this elephant in the room.
Reuse Tuesdays : The convenience factor often rears it’s head again when considering our Reuse practices. We’ll encourage practical Reuse, but often highlight playful Reuse as Reuse commonly ranks most fun of the 5! So, on Tuesdays we’ll often flex our creative muscle.
Recycle Wednesdays : As silly as I feel saying it - recycling is hard, or at least some aspects of recycling we as a post-industrial society really haven’t figured out yet. We at The Green Yoga Co. highly encourage a screening of 'Bag It' to anyone who's not yet seen this film. Although this film focuses on Reuse & plastics, several scenes bring up the challenges of recycling systems in place throughout North America. Have no fear - Wednesdays will not consist of doom and gloom - we'll aim to stay solution based & will be keen for like-minded comments!
Redesign Thursdays : Redesign focuses on rethinking the entire life cycle of the things we produce including raw materials, processes, final product, maintenance & re-useability. Many attribute this ‘R’ joining the original 3R-family to the work by William McDonough and Michael Braungart called Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. Thursdays will hit on Redesign (& likely, frequently Scandinavians:) ).
Redirect Fridays : Redirecting calls our wallet to action asking us to put our money, quite literally, where our mouth is. Or, as practitioners, you could also venture to add ‘where our intentions are’. Redirecting doesn’t mean consuming sustainable (or at least more sustainable) products just to consume them. It does mean rethinking - making a sustainability-conscious purchase when the time comes and/or giving others a helpful nudge towards sustainable choices.
Thank you to the Sierra Club for their rendition of the 5Rs greatly inspiring the direction for The Green Yoga Co.’s blog!