Sustainable Yoga Brands

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Compared to many other sports and workout forms yoga is very low maintenance and you rarely need many, if any, new gear and clothes to start the practice. However, if you do feel like getting some new things to motivate your practice or you have worn out the clothes you wear for yoga, then check out these sustainable yoga brands below!

Yoga wear

Girlfriend Collective

Girlfriend Collective makes trendy yoga clothes from recycled PET bottles. They have many beautiful colors to chose from, some permanent and others are temporary.

PrAna

PrAna makes yoga wear, activewear, and swimwear that is better for both the planet and the people. They use sustainable materials like hemp and organic cotton, as well as recycled materials. They are Fair Trade certified and as they say themselves sustainability is in their DNA.

Vyayama

Vyayama uses only natural and semi-natural (cellulosic) fibers that are sourced sustainably and ethically. They offer both minimalist styles in solid colors and fun printed styles.

Satva

Satva Living makes beautiful yoga wear in many colors. They use both organic cotton and recycled materials for their clothes.

Patagonia

Patagonia is probably the most known brand on this list. They have since long been pioneering sustainable practices in the clothing and activewear sector. They use sustainable and recycled materials in their innovative designs.

Ecoalf

Ecoalf is a Spanish brand that works only with a 100 percent recycled materials. Their motto is “there is no planet B” and they sure live by it.

Organic Basics

Organic Basics is not inherently a yoga or sports brand, but in addition to their underwear, they offer a line of activewear called SilverTech that is made with recycled nylon that is treated with silver to lessen odor and therefore require less washing.

Yoga props

Yoga can require some accessories, many of which can be made of plastic. If you want to make more conscious choices for your props here is a small list of what to think of.

Most important things first: the yoga mat. Many yoga mats are made from plastic, but if you want to make a more sustainable choice look for either recycled materials, sustainably sources natural rubber or even cork! Manduka has a line of eco mats that could be worth checking out!

The same goes for yoga blocks. Your best bet here is either cork or recycled plastics. For things usch as yoga straps and bolster that are usually made from woven fabrics it’s important to choose either organic fabrics (like organic cotton) or naturally sustainable fabrics like hemp and linen.

Feel like getting your yoga on now?

2 thoughts on “Sustainable Yoga Brands”

  1. Thank you for emphasising sustainable brands. I have some questions for you: 1. Are recycled plastic fibres really sustainable considering the micro pollution they will produce through wash? And 2. How do these companies perform in terms of ethics? Especially with yoga too often being culturally appropriated and far removed from its origins I think it is important to prioritise brands that are yogic not only in name but also in terms of ownership and ethics. (Whatever that may mean in practice.)

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    1. Love the questions and I will try my best to answer them for you!

      1. yes and no. Recycled plastic fibres do post the problem of microplastics, but if we consider where the plastics often come from to begin with (the ocean) my conclusion is that no matter if we made a garment out of it or not, this plastic would exist and most probably in nature where it would contribute to the microplastics problem. By making a garment out of something that already exists we reduce the use for virgin materials which require way more energy and resources. I really wish there were natural materials that held the same shape and compression as synthetics, but I still haven’t found an option I like, so, for now, I will probably be investing in recycled polyester and use my Guppybag to collect microplastics in the wash.

      2. Ethics is such a broad word and it’s hard to really know when you encompass all sides of it. The brands above are all more or less ethical in their practices when it comes to people and planet, but I have to admit I am not the best at discussing CA, partly because I am white and privileged, but also because even though I read about it, I still haven’t fully gripped the lines of CA/exploitation vs inspiration. Most of the brands on the list though are not pure yoga brands but rather basics or activewear brands, so I’m not sure you can really apply the ownership thing to them. But I would love to hear your thoughts!

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