I need a new yoga mat. Yep, I said it. It is time. Seriously, you should SEE my mat, pictures don't do it justice.
First things first: The most environmentally friendly thing you can do, as we've chatted about before, is to use the mat you have. Yes, it's sad that you didn't know how terrible PVC was when you bought your mat, we forgive you. Replacing a perfectly good mat with something 'greener' isn't really very eco at all. As much as possible, step out of the 'buy buy buy' hamster wheel and take a breath.
Alright, now that we've established that we need to use our mats until disintegration point... enter my crumbly mat. Let's name him 'Mr Crumbles' (I have no idea why my mat is a 'him'....weird).
Mr. Crumbles has graced my practice since our last year in British Colombia (3 years now). About a year ago I noticed some pretty significant 'yoga love' marks, convenient discolorations where my hands and feet belonged. With some beautiful bloggy support, I decided that instead of following my immediate 'MUST BUY NEW MAT' urge, I would buck against the consumer brainwashing and accept them as evidence of my love for yoga.
A few months ago I noticed that Mr. Crumbles seemed to be a bit flakier than usual. He had a case of the dropsies and I had little green presents on my yoga clothing after each practice. I watched bits of Mr. Crumbles float away down the drain during his semi-regular bath.
Mr. Crumbles' innerds... :(
I began to make preparations for the eventual passing, inquiring into replacements (cold, I know).
Flaking away at the edges...
All this to say, that Mr. Crumbles will now be relegated to 'Guerrilla Yoga' duty and continue to be the rebel that he always wanted to be. Simply in the form of our attempts at stepping outside of the 'monetary yoga' box. Which is pretty darn rebel enough. :)
Upcoming; the drama of finding a new 'eco' mat....
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