I know, I know, I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but I’m going to say it again anyway — we have a plastic problem. But in case you haven’t been reading, according to a 2015 study, an estimated 19.4 billion pounds of plastic wind up in the world’s oceans each year.
What I haven’t mentioned is all the other rando places that our plastic waste is ending up as ocean currents carry the bits of plastic all over the world. According to Mashable, Scientists recently reported finding “abundant and widespread” plastic waste in the Arctic Ocean, an area that tends to have more polar bears and seals than people. And a Japanese research agency documented plastic bags and soda cans in the Mariana Trench, the deepest point on the planet.
There’s also the new discovery that Henderson Island — a remote island with no inhabitants located halfway between New Zealand and Chile — is covered in plastic waste. With the nearest population center more than 3,100 miles away, a recent research trip to the island found 38 million pieces of trash washed up on the beaches, most of which was plastic. So much plastic in fact, that it equates to 671 pieces of plastic per square meter, making the island the winner of the Highest Density of Plastic Debris Reported Anywhere in the World Award.
And, I gotta tell you, all of this plastic pollution talk is totally messing with my zen. So it’s not helping the situation to learn that most yoga mats are made from PVC, which is not only a form of plastic, but also one that emits cancer-causing dioxins when manufactured.
Not to worry, let me introduce you to Kiss The Sky. Kiss The Sky is committed to creating yoga lifestyle products that free your mind, inspire your body and ease the environmental burden we place on our planet, i.e. no PVC or plastic-y materials are used to make their yoga mats.
Originally developed at a yoga class at the US EPA offices in Washington, D.C., where the company is based, Kiss The Sky makes performance yoga mats made from 100% recycled rubber.
Founded by Debriana Berline, who advised Fortune 500 companies, NGOs and governments on climates change, Kiss The Sky, uses a cradle-to-cradle lifecycle approach — meaning that the mats come from recycled material and are meant to be recycled again and again.
Their mats are made from real rubber trimmings generated from the manufacturer of other products that would otherwise be tossed. They’re also produced locally in the U.S. by ISO 9001 certified manufacturing partners, and all materials and services are sourced exclusively from trusted small businesses.
In addition, the company boasts a savings of 6.5 pounds of CO2 emissions when they make their mats vs. the means used to make traditional yoga mats. That’s the equivalent of planting 4 cherry tree seedlings per mat.
So there you have it — you’ll be able to breath easier, literally and figuratively, knowing that your mat won’t be contributing to that monster plastic problem of ours.