Cate & Maxine are yogis and nature lovers. Most yoga mats are made from PVC, a material that is harmful to the environment to manufacture and takes up to 1000 years to biodegrade! A desire to make the equipment used in yoga more sustainable, lead them to the creation of LovEarth Yoga Mats.
Production of plastic has increased 20 fold since 1964 and it is expected to double again in the next 20 years, and quadruple by 2050. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the most common plastic and is the main ingredients in most yoga mats that you can buy today. The process to create a PVC yoga mat creates many harmful by-products, many of which are released into the environment. During the production of PVC, lead, cadmium and organotins are used to make it stable and phthalates are used to make it softer. Phthalates are one of the world’s most common environmental pollutants, 95% of Phthalates are made for use in the production of flexible PVC.
After the PVC is produced and in use many of the harmful chemicals leach out of the product, during its useful life into humans, and into waterways and the environment after the product ends up in landfill.
We believe plastics have no place in the practice of yoga, and LovEarth is committed to making yoga plastic free. Our LovEarth Yoga Mat is made from natural materials including jute and tree rubber and is fully biodegradable. When it's reached the end of its life just pop it in your compost bin.
We are passionate about making yoga better for the earth. When you buy a LovEarth Yoga Mat, we will happily take your old mat and up-cycle it in one of the great programs that we partner with. LovEarth supports a program throughout Australia of redistribution of pre-loved mats to karma classes and projects.
To date over 2000 mats have been distributed to close to 40 deserving causes such as animal shelters, classes for people going through cancer, free kids classes, mental illness week and for ‘living rough ‘ kits. To find out more about recycling your old mat click here.
Be part of the movement practice on a yoga mat that is good for the earth.
Why we choose LovEarth
I'm not sure there's anything else we can say! A completely plastic free, zero waste way to yoga practice, they support so many different community organisations...how could we not love them!