The plastic problem and how we should do our bit.

The plastic problem and how we should do our bit.

Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental problems that the world is facing today. Every year, millions of tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans and landfills, harming and killing wildlife and polluting our environment. This problem has become so severe that it is now a global concern, and it is up to each one of us to do our part to reduce plastic waste. 

Why is plastic a problem?

Plastic is a synthetic material that does not break down naturally in the environment. It can take hundreds of years for plastic to decompose, and even then, it breaks down into microplastics that can be harmful to marine life and other animals. Plastic pollution affects our oceans, beaches, and wildlife, and it can also harm human health. When we consume seafood, we are probably  inadvertently  consuming microplastics that have been ingested by marine life.

Why is this a concern for us in our yoga or Pilates practice?

Yoga mats and props are essential tools for anyone who practises yoga,Pilates or floor exercises but many of these items are made from non-biodegradable materials like PVC (polyvinyl chloride). PVC is a type of plastic that is commonly used to make yoga mats because it is durable and affordable - just look around your local yoga studio or gym. However, PVC is not biodegradable, and it can release toxic chemicals when you use it or when it is burned or left in landfill.

Eco-friendly yoga mats and props, on the other hand, are made from natural materials like cork, rubber, or jute, which are biodegradable and sustainable. These materials are also non-toxic, making them safer for both the environment and our health. Using eco-friendly yoga mats and props is an easy and effective way to reduce plastic waste and make a positive impact on the environment.  If enough people turn their backs on the plastic mats and props that are available, the factories will stop producing them.

Benefits of using eco-friendly yoga mats and props

In addition to being better for the environment, there are several other benefits to using eco-friendly yoga mats and props. These benefits include:

  1. Non-toxic: Unlike PVC yoga mats, eco-friendly mats and props are made from natural materials that do not contain harmful chemicals, they are therefore better for the health of the person using them.
  2. Sustainable: Eco-friendly materials like cork and jute are renewable resources that can be harvested without causing harm to the environment.
  3. Durable: Natural materials like rubber and cork are durable and can withstand a high amount of use before needing replacing.
  4. Comfortable: Natural materials like cork and rubber provide excellent grip and cushioning, making them comfortable to use during your yoga practice.
  5. Aesthetically pleasing: Eco-friendly yoga mats and props are often more visually appealing than PVC mats, with unique textures and patterns that add to the overall aesthetic of your practice.

The plastic problem that the world is facing is a serious issue, and it is up to all of us to do our part to reduce plastic waste. One simple way to make a difference is by using eco-friendly, biodegradable yoga mats and props. These items are better for the environment, non-toxic, sustainable, durable, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing. By choosing eco-friendly yoga mats and props, we can help protect our planet and make a positive impact on the world.

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