10 Fairtrade Yoga Products You Need To Know About
Fairtrade fortnight is designed to create awareness of trade and fights to ensure workers around the world are paid a living wage and have safe working conditions. Running from 26th Febuary until 11th March, we’re showing yogi’s ways to get involved and support the Fairtrade movement. Fairtrade opens doors and creates a better life for millions of farmers and factory workers.
Part of the living principles of Yoga are the Yamas and Niyamas; Codes of conduct. The first Yama, Ahimsa, is the foundation of all the other Yamas, and is a compassion for all living things. Exploring Fairtrade and sustainable yoga brands, we’re showing you 10 Fairtrade Yoga products you need to know about, and how you can make a difference. #Fairtradefortnight
This SoloSol Movement Voltage Yoga Bra Top in Mamba Print is a great way to bring style with a conscience to the yoga mat. Whilst the prints are designed in sunny LA, the company has worked hard to ethically source their production. They work with a family owned, female operated factory on the tropical island of Bali and also source all of their fabric there to reduce their carbon footprint. The print process is free of any harmful chemicals, yet their collections are still vibrant and colourful. SoloSol also give back a portion of their profits to the Bali Dog Adoption and Rehabilitation Center (BARC), a foundation that rescues abused and neglected dogs and rehabilitates them so they can be adopted. The sister duo behind the brand design activewear for the adventure seeking, wild hearted, and free spirited.
This top looks great paired with SoloSol’s Balance Yoga Leggings in Mamba Print.
CorkYogis offers a yoga mat with a difference. Their cork is sourced from the Cork Oak Tree in Portugal, and with each tree being harvested every 9 years, it is an amazing renewable resource. Cork harvesting in Portugal is one of the world’s best paid labour jobs, so you can use the mat knowing that the cork farmers and harvesters are getting a good wage for their resources. CorkYogis’ promise to continue to work towards being the most eco-friendly and human-friendly they can possibly be, but a cork yoga mat has more benefits than its sustainability. It works harder than your average yoga mat- it provides an amazing non-slip, anti-bacterial and natural surface for your yoga practice with grip that actually increases as you sweat.
CorkYogis has also created a giving back loop system. Every yoga mat purchased makes a contribution to The Destiny Foundation, a charity in India that is combating the immense injustices of human trafficking and the challenges faced by human trafficking survivors. This goes towards a training course for the girls they have helped, and in turn provides jobs by getting the women to make their beautiful yoga mat bags and creating steps towards financial independence. If you want a hard-wearing, eco-friendly yoga mat that gives something back, this is the yoga mat for you!
Asquith founder Alice Asquith has a great vision for her brand- they never put profit before people or the planet. This open back tee is made of 95% Bamboo, and not only is it incredibly soft, the bamboo is ethically grown and completely chemical free, so it’s sustainable too. Bamboo is an amazing performance material as it is naturally anti-bacterial and breathable, so it works great for yoga clothes. At the heart of the company is a commitment to the yoga principle of Ahisma – compassion for all living things. Everything is made in Turkey at a family-run factory, which is Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) approved. The workers get fairly payed and enjoy a sense of community. All packaging is recyclable and the brand never test on animals. Asquith’s products are designed to last a long time, which is great for you and for the planet.
Pawpaw Yoga Wear is committed to creating beautiful, comfortable and eco friendly clothes. Every piece is individually tie dyed so no two pieces will be the same, and this Organic Tie Dye Yoga Mat Bag is no different. Everything is made from organic cotton in a GOTS approved factory in India. This ensures Fairtrade is at the heart of her business, with all Pawpaw workers being paid a living wage so they can support their families. Founder Annika has reduced the company’s carbon footprint by having all of the products transported by boat from India to Sweden. All of the orders are sent out in a recycled cotton bag rather than using lots of unnecessary packaging, and trees used during the production stages are replaced through Zeromission. Using natural dying techniques, Fairtrade factories and less air miles helps Pawpaw stay true to their vision of caring for ourselves and the environment at the same time.
It’s never been easier to protect your mat whilst also protecting the planet.
Starseeds believe it is possible to live both sustainably and stylishly, and we totally agree. These Effortless Organic Yoga Leggings in Anthracite are a great fit and style, with cool biker-inspired panels which also make your legs look longer. At Starseeds, they only use organic, natural, or top quality sustainable textiles which are super soft against the skin. This cotton-Lycra® blend is GOTS-certified, which means it’s as eco-conscious as it can be, and these leggings will make you feel great in more than one way. They have taken into consideration how to be sustainable in every step of the production chain, and believe that every choice made during the production process affects the people who work on the products, the people who wear them, and the environment. Sustainable fabrics are so important as they are a better quality than your average activewear fabric, yet they are compostable and won’t be around forever to harm the planet. Founder Natalia is proud of the brands journey into sustainable fashion, and we think she’s doing a pretty great job.
This amazing Urban Goddess wrap is a must have in any yogi’s wardrobe. Using pure organic cotton, this top ensures breathability and comfort and is great worn on and off the yoga mat. They also use stamps instead of labels, so theres no irritation whilst also being eco-friendly. Urban Goddess make all their clothes in Fairtrade certified factories that produce their collections with GOTS fabrics, ensuring all workers are treated and paid fairly. Founder Marlene Smits has built up relationships with these factories as it is important to the brand that they share the same ideals and values. They also only use organic fabrics and recycled packaging for the poly bags, reducing their carbon footprint. The brand have collaborated with the Salvation Army who help distribute old Urban Goddess clothes to people in need or to recycling facilities which help produce blankets for homeless people. They also partner with Yoga Gives Back (micro finance for women in India) on special projects. Urban Goddess is a brand with a conscience, and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without this versatile piece!
This unisex Free Spirit black tank top looks great on and off the yoga mat and is a great Fairtade item to have in your wardrobe. Made from 50% organic cotton and 50% bamboo, the sustainable fabrics are breathable and soft on the skin. Free Spirit founder Christina Gill visits the South Indian factory where they are made herself to see and experience the whole process, from raw cotton being spun into yarn, made into fabric, washed, dyed, printed, and stitched. Free Spirit ensure that the workers are treated well and paid a fair wage for their work, and that the conditions are clean and safe. The factory give back to the local community by supporting women and children in need. Free Spirit also donates 5% of all sales to the HOPE Foundation in Calcutta, helping children get off the streets, out of poverty and into education. Christina has volunteered for this charity herself so it is very close to the heart of Free Spirit.
These leggings are for the yogi’s who want to stand out during practise- the bright pink print is certainly an eye catcher! Kismet was born after founder Sylvia Daun couldn’t find any yoga clothes that fit just right and wanted something to take her from the mat to the high street, and everywhere in between. Sustainable and stylish, these yoga leggings are made out of 80% recycled polyester and 20% Spandex. Kismet manufactures in a family-run factory in Portugal. Fair working conditions and adequate pay are important to the brand and they only use recycled plastic bags and recycled carton boxes. The Yoga philosophy asks us to be kind to ourselves and our environment, and with these leggings you can do both!
If pink isn’t your colour, Kismet have a great selection of Fairtrade yoga leggings here.
10. Tropical Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat – £69
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