I have to confess, i used to be a major shopaholic. (and a party animal, but that’s another story!)
Since I practice and teach yoga I’ve become more conscious of the consequences of massive consumption, therefore I don’t shop as much. Every time i’m in front of a new item i like, I ask myself a few questions: Do I need this? Do I have something similar at home already? Does the fabrication of this item involves suffering of a living being (and yes that includes animals)?
I try to avoid those brands that make clothes that last one season and then you have to throw them away, and when I travel I buy from local manufacturers or designers.
I’m gonna share with you a few brands that I like and I think are eco friendly (or at the very least more eco friendly than the big names of the fashion industry)
I’ve discovered www.yogisonroadtrip.com a nice little ethical web store with the cutest eco yoga mats, various decoration items, even jewelry from local manufacturers. The owner brings some of them back from her travels, or from France where she lives, and make sure everything sold in the store is ethicality and locally made. And she has great taste! (Did I mention you can book a yoga retreat and/or trainings through her site as well?)
It’s not a secret that I’m an ambassador for the brand www.myinnerfire.com for years now. I simply like the fact that their yoga pants are made of recycled plastic bottles and have original designs. (you can use the code Cheyenne when you order for a discount)
Also, as a yoga teacher I carry a few things around when I go and teach privates and to carry those things I use my www.ricelove.org backpacks, when you buy a bag they give 1 kilo of rice to a family in need. I can’t wait for them to create a yoga mat bag! Their bags are SO cute!
I hope that this (short) list will inspire you before Christmas, but don’t forget, the supplies provided by mother Earth are limited.