Many of you have been asking where to find ethical and sustainable yoga wear and where to buy props. So, I’ve done my research into why, what and where and here are the results….
why buy eco friendly, sustainable & ethical?
Fast fashion and consumerism are just not viable for the future of this remarkable planet or for its people. From raw materials through to end-of-life, the fashion & retail industries have significant impact on our natural systems.
This is due to high CO2 emissions; other forms of pollution; harm to human health; significant freshwater withdrawal (to grow fibres, for dyeing and finishing fabrics) and resource depletion.
And although it’s a lucrative industry for some, the profits don’t reach the makers. Garment-producing countries frequently set minimum wages below a “living wage” thus leaving the majority of workers and their families trapped in poverty. In addition, fire safety, unsafe working conditions and structural defects within factories remain a concern.
I’ve only scratched the surface, but this is why we must consider firstly, whether a desired item is essential and secondly, if it will add value to our lives. And then if so, where possible, we must chose eco-friendly, sustainable and ethical.
Don’t forget, at Centred Ground Physiotherapy & Yoga, we supply all the props for you.
want to learn more?
- Watch: The War on Waste Fashion Episode
- Read: National Geographic ‘Consumerism- Earth Suffers’
- Visit: Fashion Revolution
- Download: the Ethical Fashion Guide
- The Good on You app for ethical ratings of brands in the palm of your hand
what should we be looking for?
Ideally, we’d love for all brands to be:
- Environmentally friendly- Minimal or no harm on the environment and ecosystem.
- Empowering– Enables disadvantaged people and communities through training and employment to lift themselves out of poverty & gain independence.
- Fair– Made by someone who is of a working age, has safe working conditions & is paid a living wage.
- Locally made
- Minimal waste
- Sustainable– Natural and organic fabrics, biodegradable materials and non-toxic dyes.
- Transparency– You can tell who, how, where and when their products were made.
- Animal Friendly
who made the list?
So, after much searching, these lovely businesses & brands have made it to our list of environmental friendly, ethical and sustainable yoga wear/props. Once you’ve checked them out, book into your next yoga class and we’ll look out for you sporting your new gear 😉
shop and support local in adelaide, south australia
Magill, Blackwood, Brighton
|Carefully curated products selected to ensure they strictly support the sustainable use of our earth’s resources||Yoga mats, grip socks, bricks, bamboo & hemp clothing & socks|
|Bolsters and Things
|Bolsters individually hand-made with natural
Australian cotton filling
Made to order
|Bolsters, blankets, bricks, belts, eye pillows, mats|
|Ethica||Australian made (in SA)
Sustainable fabrics, eco-packaging and labelling
Materials: Bamboo & recycled polyester
Chemical free dyes
|Leggings, shorts, tops|
|DK Active||Australian made
Regenerated nylon, organic cotton, bamboo and modal
Plastic free packaging- non-toxic and biodegradable satchels
Solar powered HQ
|Range of ladies & menswear incl. maternity wear|
|Organic Yoga Company/ Vege Threads||100% Australian owned & manufactured
Transparent & ethical supply chain
Users of Australia’s carbon neutral delivery service Sendle
Packed with tissue paper, paper stickers, compostable satchels & recycled postcards
|Women’s & men’s clothing & activewear|
|Bay Active||100% made in Australia
Supply chain is 100% transparent
Organic cotton, merino, bamboo & econyl (made from damage & abandoned fishing nets)
Re- purpose surplus fabrics that may end up in landfill
|Range of active and comfort wear +Yoga mats & bricks|
|Dharma Bums||Recycled nylon and organic cottons
Dyes are non-toxic
Sublimation printing: less water, electricity & waste
Biodegradable plastic packaging- switching to compostable
BSCI factories in china
|Eco.Mono||Offers from brands leading the way in ethical women’s fashion
Posted in compostable packaging
|A curated collection of sustainable monochrome clothing|
Ethically made in Bali
Materials: Bamboo & econyl (regenerated nylon), GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
Shipped in compostable packaging
Yoga shorts, leggings, loungewear, intimates
|LovEarth||Compostable/fully biodegradable jute/rubber mats
Mat donation program-they recycle or up-cycle your old mat for you
|Yoga mats, mat bags|
|Body Mind Connect||Natural, sustainable, chemical-free, biodegradable materials||Yoga mats, bricks, belts|
|The OM Shop||A collection of eco-friendly yoga mats + accessories
Difficult to interpret their star rating system
|Bolsters, mats, straps, bricks, eye pillows|
|Second Earth||100% Australian owned/operated
Manufacturing SE Asia
Jute and natural rubber
|EMP Industries||Offer an ‘Eco Yoga Kit’
100% Australian owned/operated
Packaging not considered
|Yoga mats, bricks, belts, blankets|
|IYoga Props||Organic cotton & recycled items
Packaging not considered
|Recycled cotton blankets, eco bolsters, cork & natural rubber mats|