Post-consumer recycling


The yoga industry and its consumers are co-responsible for the generation of solid waste in general, and plastic waste in particular. Even though there is hardly any data to quantify the exact yoga-related waste worldwide, one thing seems beyond doubt: With an estimated 300 million yoga practitioners, millions of mats and props are disposed of each year. They are usually burned in an incinerator, landfilled or, at worst, dumped illegally.

We cannot continue using the current take-make-waste extractive industrial model, we have to shift towards a circular economy. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.

Kurma aims to reduce the vast environmental impact of yoga worldwide. With every Kurma product, we design out waste and keep the materials in use thanks to industrial recycling. That’s why all Kurma products are 100% recyclable.

RECYCLE YOUR YOGA PRODUCTS!

We encourage you to recycle your yoga mats and props.We are here help you with some guidance.

kurma yoga mats group

YOGA MATS

The ContinuOM Collective Kurma founding partnerAll Kurma mats (CORE/GRIP Series, GECO Series, Extra, Spezial and Safran) can be recycled through Second Flow initiative from ContinuOM Collective. Initiated by Kurma, ContinuOM is a non-profit organisation dedicated to finding sustainable solutions for hard-to-recycle waste streams generated by the yoga industry and its consumers.

The Second Flow Initiative focuses on the collection of used yoga mats, the donation of too-good-to-go mats to worthy cause, and the recycling of yoga mats and production waste into new [yoga] products.

The GECO Series mats are made with recycled rubber and can be 100% recycled into new rubber yoga mats. In the first year after we launched the GECO Series in 2020, 1.750 rubber mats have been recycled, and the number is increasing every day. With every new GECO Series production the number of recycled rubber mats will increase further.

Currently there’s no technology to grind the PVC material into very fine particles that can be reused in yoga mat production. As soon as the new recycling technology becomes available, we will be among the first to acquire it. The CORE/GRIP Series are 100% recycled into new industrial products (like underfloor padding for horse stables).

Currently there’s no technology to grind the PVC material into very fine particles that can be reused in yoga mat production. As soon as the new recycling technology becomes available, we will be among the first to acquire it. The Extra, Spezial and Safran mats are 100% recycled into new industrial products (like underfloor padding for horse stables).

The ContinuOM Collective recycles old yoga mats from other brands/manufacturers. Currently ContinuOM has set up operational recycling for PVC mats, rubber mats and TPE mats.

Kurma yoga bolsters on wooden floor

BOLSTERS & CUSHIONS

A buckwheat filled bolster consists of 3 main parts, the cotton outer cover, the cotton inner cover and the buckwheat hulls filling. Buckwheat hulls are organic waste and can be composted either in your own garden or through your municipal organic waste weekly collecting. To recycle your bolster, we recommend the following steps:

1) Remove the outer cover;

2) Open the zipper of inner cover and dump the buckwheat hulls either on the compost heap in your own garden or in the municipal organic waste collecting bin;

3) Deposit the outer and inner cover in the textile collecting container in your town or city.

A buckwheat filled meditation cushion consists of 3 main parts, the cotton outer cover, the cotton inner cover and the buckwheat hulls filling. Buckwheat hulls are organic waste and can be composted either in your own garden or through your municipal organic waste weekly collecting. To recycle your meditation cushion, we recommend the following steps:

1) Remove the outer cover;

2) Open the zipper of inner cover and dump the buckwheat hulls either on the compost heap in your own garden or in the municipal organic waste collecting bin;

3) Deposit the outer and inner cover in the textile collecting container in your town or city.

Kurma Yoga Blocks

YOGA BLOCKS

Currently the most popular yoga blocks are either made from EVA (closed cell Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate copolymer foam) or from cork. ContinuOM Collective recycles yoga blocks made from each of these materials.

The Kurma cork blocks are made from zero waste cork grains. All our cork is recycled, it originates from the waste of the wine corks industry.

YOGA BLANKETS

The new Kurma yoga blankets are made from 80% recycled cotton and 20% virgin cotton (for weave stability). We collect these blankets and send a full pallet of collected blankets to our recycler for shredding into fibers. Afterwards these fibers are spun into new yarns which are used to weave new Kurma yoga blankets.

To send back your Kurma yoga blanket, please contact us at hello@kurma-yoga.com.

Other yoga blankets are made from poly/cotton material or from fleece material. To recycle these, we recommend that you deposit these in the textile container in your town or city.

Kurma Evolve Yoga strap white on GRIP Nightfall Yoga mat

YOGA BELTS & STRAPS

The Kurma yoga belts and straps are made of cotton webbing with a sewn in metal buckle.

Currently we are researching a viable recycling option.