Can Lululemon Yoga Mats be Recycled?
Yoga mats are a relatively durable fitness tool which is not necessary to be replaced very often. But when the one you are using finally wears out or you just think the current one is not suitable for you, you may consider: Is it possible to recycle your yoga mat?
Whether your yoga mat is recyclable or not is basically determined by the materials they use. Many wholesale yoga mats are typically made from polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC. Many manufacturers choose this material for its non-stick qualities, but the downside can not be ignored. The polyvinyl chloride can release many toxic chemicals such as phthalates, lead and cadmium. Worse still, you are breathing in the toxic chemicals from your yoga mat made with PVC while you are exercising, and as a type of plastic, PVC will never be biodegradable which makes it extremely hard to recycle.
Lululemon, however, has adopted great alternatives to PVC yoga mats, for example, its bulk natural rubber yoga mats and plant-based nylon ones are environmentally friendly and bio-degradable which make it possible for those mats not to release any harmful chemicals and can be ended up in your local landfill without damage the soil. In addition, you can always recycle your Lululemon yoga mat by donating it to the local thrift stores or just give it to someone in need.
Lululemon also supplies its custom yoga mats with materials such as cotton and cork, which are very green and environment-friendly. You can just throw it at your back yard if it is rather worn-out, because the materials will degrade over time and become the compost nurturing trees and plants. Besides, it releases no harmful pollution into the air which could cause damage to our health and the environment.
Lululemon has a collaboration with Reiten Right to recycle its old or unwanted yoga mats into equestrian footing. However, not all of its yoga mats are recyclable because of the materials they are made from, Lululemon still has figured out a way to make it possible to recycle its yoga mats. Equestrian footing is an extra ornament which provides competing horses with more balance and cushioning. The company also works with other companies to turn its unwanted yoga mats into flip-flops for women, which can be made in various colors and patterns.
What’s more, the non-slip properties of Lululemon yoga mats also allow you to put them under the furniture or carpet to keep them from slipping, or put them outside the bathtub if the floor in your bathroom is too slippery.