Friday, July 11, 2008

Your Guide to Navigating Eco-Friendly Yoga Gear

By now most of the nation has caught up with "Going Green," by using less plastic bags, recycling, and buying smaller, eco-friendly vehicles. Numerous companies cater to the yoga community by providing organic, eco-friendly yoga gear. Here are some of our favorites and what they can teach us about buying earth-friendly materials. As always, Yoga Bear is providing an objective opinion. We are not paid by any company in exchange for advertisement. We just want to empower our readers by providing education and support. Now...on to clothing!

Raam Raj Organic Clothing is a division of Maharish Ayurveda Products International, the leading producer of authentic ayurvedic herbal supplements. All of their clothing is 100% organic cotton. Which means they only buy cotton without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Their fabric is not pre-treated with chlorine bleaches or formaldehyde, as is conventional cotton fabrics. They only use eco-friendly, low impact dyes containing no heavy metals.

Oxygen Required is a clothing company that specializes in sustainable, renewable, biodegradable collections. Their fitness clothing is made from bamboo."The fibers contain an agent called 'bamboo kun', which prevents the cultivation of bacteria, resulting in odor free clothing. As the fibers are porous, the resulting apparel is also absorbent and evaporates moisture from
the skin."

Gaiam offers a broad selection of non-toxic jute yoga mats, cork blocks, and hemp bags in their green yoga section.

Bean Products create handcrafted yoga tools from sustainable resources such as organic cotton, hemp, kapok, buckwheat hulls, natural latex and recycled poly-fiber.

What We Can Learn From Them

If you want organic clothing, make sure it is grown, processed and manufactured in compliance with Organic Fiber Processing Standards. Retailers (of organic clothing) in the U.S. are not required to be certified by OFP Standards, but manufacturers are. If in doubt, call the company and ask.

Oxygen Required is proud to have their factories be ITS certified; they adhere to stringent human rights and environmental standards in the manufacturing and production of their collections. In other words, they make the world a better place by being 100% sweatshop-free.

If skin is considered to be the largest, most sensitive organ of the body it makes sense that putting natural, chlorine-free, toxin-free clothing on would have far-reaching health benefits. This health benefit does not come without a price tag; organic and earth-friendly gear can be more expensive than any other alternatives. The good news is that clothing derived from natural products, such as bamboo and organic cotton can last longer and have greater durability than products derived from conventional cotton.

You will also have peace of mind knowing that each time you make an organic choice, you are choosing clothing that is healthier for you or your family, while contributing to a cleaner, healthier world.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing this!