Did you know most yoga mats currently on the market are not only bad for the health of our planet, but also bad for your health? Most yoga mats currently on the market are made from PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). This is a non-recyclable substance, which means that used PVC mats are either sent to a landfill, where they will sit for thousands of years, or to an incinerator, where toxic gasses will be released from their combustion.
Terra Active is a sustainable active brand and online retailer based in The Netherlands. We believe fitness should not only be about caring for your body and your health, but also about caring for the health of our planet. Many materials currently being used in the health and fitness industry are not recyclable and have a large carbon footprint. In starting Terra Active, our aim is to bring awareness to this issue and provide you with high quality, sustainable alternatives to current non-sustainable workout materials.
Janneke is the founder of Terra Active. She spent her early working career in jobs dedicated to sustainable energy development and grew increasingly aware of climate issues and the need for sustainable initiatives. Alongside this, she is an avid fitness enthusiast and always found the health and fitness industry fascinating.
Being immersed in the health and fitness world for several years, she began to see that much of the equipment and materials being used were not recyclable or eco-friendly at all and have large carbon footprints. This did not add up: how can we be so concerned about our own well-being but not about the well-being of our planet? Thus, Terra Active was born!
All our products are eco-friendly and designed in the Netherlands. We offer:
- Eco Yoga Mats
- Eco Yoga Bundles
- Yoga and Workout Accessories
- Sustainable clothing (t-shirts, hoodies and sweaters)
We believe transparency is the key to running an ethical, sustainable business. That’s why we want to be as honest as possible about our manufacturing and shipping processes. This so that you, our customers, know exactly what went into making our products and what kind of business you are buying from. There is always room for improvement, and we will never stand still to ensure we are running things as sustainably as possible.
Our eco yoga mats are made from TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) foam. TPE is a synthetic rubber that is very recyclable and requires less energy to manufacture than PVC. TPE also has great properties which we believe contribute to the ease of use and comfortability of our yoga mats:
- Water resistant
- Easy to clean
- Non Toxic
The recyclability of TPE is a main sustainable benefit over other PVC alternatives such as natural rubber, a material that is difficult to harvest or recycle in an environmentally sound way.
Our eco yoga mats are free from toxic substances, latex free and PVC free and are made in a BSCI approved factory in Asia. The BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) certification ensures improved factory working conditions and quality of product.
Our textile products (clothing and towels) are 100% eco certified by the OEKO-TEX® and by the GOTS 5.0 label.
Our products are stored in a sustainable warehouse in The Netherlands. All orders are shipped carbon neutral and in recyclable packaging.
We strongly believe that knowledge is power. The more you learn as a company about your environmental impact, and how to reduce this, the more you are able to do about it. We are still a start-up, and we are learning a lot. Our goal is to be able to calculate our total carbon footprint as a company and become carbon neutral at least, carbon negative at best in the future.
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