There are so many ways to upcyle random items, items that you use frequently that wear down over time, and just things you probably shouldn’t have purchased in the first place. Yoga mats contribute to your overall wellbeing by acting as the foundation of your meditative yoga practice. BUT - they are made of plastic, making them hard on the environment when they wear down and are thrown away. They are not biodegradable in the least. Keeping that in mind, here is a curated list of things you can do with old, worn out yoga mats!
Use as Cat and Dog Food Bowl Holders - You can cut your yoga mats to size and place them underneath your dog and cat food and water bowls. It keeps them from slipping around, and is the perfect thing to catch any stray food from your little furry messy eaters.
Use as Cabinet Liners - As long as you clean them well enough, you can use your old yoga mat as a cabinet liner. If you have one of the thicker mats that may be tricky, but the less expensive thin mats that tend to get worn down are perfect for your spice cabinet or the cabinet that holds your dinnerware because it’ll keep things from slipping around!
Rug Gripper - You can cut your yoga mat into squares and use it underneath a large rug. If it’s a smaller rug, you may not have to cut it at all!
Use It as a Protector For Your Car - Whether you’re taking your dogs, or your kids, on a hike, your car can become an absolute mess. Place old yoga mats on the floor and hose off after! If your dog is hopping in, you can drape an old mat across the seats. Hose off later, air dry, and you’re good to go for next time.
Use as a Crafting Mat - If you tend to get a little messy while painting, crafting, using glue, etc… you can place this underneath your work surface so you don’t stain up your nice wood table. If you have kids, you can place this beneath them on any days of paint or play dough to keep your carpet and tables clean!
There are 5 super simple ways to upcycle old yoga mats. Reuse, and they don’t end up in the landfill like everything else! Here are some awesome eco-friendly yoga mats for consideration once your old one wears out.
Yoloha Mats - ($119) - Yoloha Mats use recycled cork as a healthier, eco-friendly alternative to a traditional plastic mat.
Jade Yoga Mats - ($39 - $179) - Jade Yoga mats are made in a sustainable manner with natural rubber tapped from rubber trees - which is a renewable resource. Also - Jade plants a tree for every yoga mat sold!
Manduka Mats - ($64) - Manduka mats are made from tree rubber, and no toxic chemicals have gone into them. They also use natural cotton fibers for reinforcement.
Barefoot Yoga - ($90) - The Original eco-mat is made from all natural rubber and jute fiber. Their website says it might actually feel like you are walking barefoot on the Earth.
Dragonfly TPE Lite Yoga Mat - ($43) - This mat is made from TPE and is biodegradable, non-toxic, and recyclable!