Yoga Design Lab launches it’s newest collection of eye-catching luxury yoga mats made from natural tree rubber and recycled plastic bottle microfibres. Just in time for holiday shoppers looking for that fashionable yogi gift!
Described by Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue as ‘stunning works of art’, Yoga Design Lab is a young Bali based yoga brand that is shaking up the industry with sophisticated technology and uber-colorful designs.
“The goal was to create a beautiful, highly-functional product with the smallest eco footprint possible. Countless yoga mats end up in landfills because they’re made from non-recyclable, hazardous materials. We wanted to help change that, ” says Chad Turner, founder/designer.
How is the Microfiber Made?
It is a total closed-loop supply chain, so you can be savasana-assured that your mat has been ethically sourced and manufactured with conscious awareness.
Bales of plastic bottle wastes will be supplied by recycle collectors. Workers of the yarn manufacturer separate the colored bottles from the clear ones while every bottle, including the labels and caps, are inspected for foreign materials.
The sorted PET bottles are then sterilised clean, dried and crushed into small chips so they are completely free of harmful foaming agents and plasticisers. The chips go through a heating process that allows them to pass through the spinneret until they end up being wound up like yarn threads in spools. The fibres are drawn into smooth strings, and then go through a crimping machine which will give the polyester yarns the fluffy wooly texture. The crimped polyester yarns is dried, baled and pass quality control before they are considered fit for selling.
Blending fashion-forward design elements with innovative functionality and bio-renewable consciousness is key to the Yoga Design Lab approach.
In 2014, Canadian surfer/yogi, Chad Turner, sold all of his belongings and moved to Bali with the idea to create beautiful yoga mats. The young brand produces visually stunning, eco-friendly yoga products designed to inspire. He says:
“I was seated in the back of a packed yoga class while on vacation in Ubud, Bali. Looking around, all I saw was a sea of unoriginal, massed produced, solid coloured mats. My thinking was, there must be a way of creating a highly functional product that was also aesthetically beautiful. So the journey began. Long story short, I sold my stuff, packed up a couple bags and moved to Bali with the goal of creating a stunning line of yoga products that inspire more people to get excited about yoga.”
From insulated stainless steel water bottles, to yoga mats comprised of biodegradable natural tree rubber and recycled plastic bottle microfibre, to the water based inks used in the printed designs, we can all make a difference with the products we buy.