A green business operates in ways that help solve, rather than aggravate both environmental and societal challenges. By adopting principles, policies, and practices that improve the quality of life for customers, the community, and the broader environment, YOGAaccessories™ is committed to making a difference. There is a strong connection between the practice of yoga and the environment, both in the roots from which the original philosophies of yoga evolved and the keys to understanding what we can do both as a business and as individuals to protect and improve the environment for all mankind.
At YOGAaccessories™, we are doing our part by working every day to find and offer products that will help customers make ''going green'' easier while still being cost effective. As a result, from the founding of our company in 1997, we committed our company and resources to offering more eco-conscious yoga products and to make these items available at prices that make the choice an easy one. We continue to actively seek out green yoga products that meet our high quality standards and we invite you to browse our organic and eco product category on our site. Please feel free to send us your suggestions via email to: Info@yogaaccessories.com.
Our commitment to reducing our footprint on the planet does not end with simply selling more eco-conscious products. We also looked closely at both our personal and business practices and committed ourselves to operating as a green business by following the standard of reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Here are some of the things that we do:
- Buy only used office furniture.
- Print on recycled paper.
- Use fluorescent lighting.
- Reuse boxes as often as possible for shipping.
- Separate our waste into organic matter, recyclables, and regular trash – both in our office and in our homes.
- Sell and use reusable water bottles.
We are a socially and environmentally responsible company. The individuals that work for us are also expected to live by these principles. Don’t be shy, we want to hear from you. Let us know your ideas for how we can become an even greener business, and what else we can do to encourage the yoga community to make earth-friendly choices that help sustain and improve our world.
Email us at Info@yogaaccessories.com.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
For Yoga Practitioners
- Walk, bike, bus or carpool to class.
- Bring a reusable water bottle to class.
- Reuse rather than discard your old yoga mats and other props.
- Seek out yoga products and clothing that are produced without using toxic chemicals, pesticides or nonrenewable resources.
- Encourage your local studio to offer non-toxic yoga products and organic clothing, and commit to the list below.
Learn more about the traditional yoga principal of ''ahimsa'' (non-harm) and how you can apply this in practice in your life. Ahimsa is a Sanskrit term meaning non-violence (literally: the avoidance of violence - himsa). It is an important tenet of the religions that originated in ancient India (Hinduism, Buddhism and especially Jainism). Ahimsa is a rule of conduct that bars the killing or injuring of living beings. It is closely connected with the notion that all kinds of violence entail negative karmic consequences.
For Yoga Studios and Teachers
- Consistent with the yoga principal of ahimsa, commit your studio to policies, products and actions that minimize or eliminate environmental harm.
- Use energy efficient lighting.
- Reduce waste by recycling and reusing as much as possible.
- Print schedules, announcements and forms on recycled paper.
- Stock earth-friendly yoga mats and props.
- Offer clothing made from organic cotton, hemp or bamboo.
- Clean studio mats with non-toxic sprays.
- In bathrooms, use biodegradable soaps and toilet tissue made from recycled paper.
- Install water-saving devices on faucets and toilets.
- Encourage your students to walk, carpool, bus or bike to class.
- Encourage your students to bring reusable water bottles.
- Stock water coolers with biodegradable cups and place recycling bins near the cooler (or sell reusable water bottles).
We would like to thank Greenliving.com and GreenYoga.org for the work that they do every day and many of these ideas that they provide for us to share with you.