ZenTribe has created a yoga mat with a difference, its time to evolve your yoga practice. With a yoga mat created with sustainably sourced materials and practises to ensure a positive impact on our amazing vast planet, that we call home.
How it all started
Whilst our founder Kylie wiped down her hired yoga mat with yet another plastic wipe and saw the wipes being piled up in the bin, she began to feel frustrated. After several surf trips, Kylie had witnessed the damage being caused by more plastic littering our ocean and beautiful coast line and wanted to do things differently. Kylie wanted to create a positive change. Now more than ever, with the increasing use of plastic gloves and masks being thrown away currently. Our planet is calling for our attention and asking us to change. We can all make small changes and together we can make a difference.
ZenTribe was born...
After researching what damage plastic does to our aquatic life and coastal lines, Kylie learnt not all plastics can be recycled. However a lot can be upcycled and reused in such a way to create products of a higher quality than the original. We may not be able to get rid of plastic completely, but we can reuse plastics to make a positive impact on our planet.
Our mission is to make a positive impact on our planet. We plan to do this by using sustainably sourced materials to produce our mat and to support local communities. We will leave a low-to-no carbon footprint and plant a trail of trees behind us for future generations to enjoy. We want to leave the world greener than it is currently and share our knowledge with our customers on how they can contribute.
Why did we choose cork?
After discovering that there is a surplus of cork granules wasted every year from wine cork stopper distilleries and consumers. We decided to utilise the surplus and use the recycled granulated cork wine stoppers in our mats, by doing this we are actively reducing both greenhouse gases and landfill waste.
Harvested cork trees also contribute to reducing our greenhouse gases by absorbing 5 times more carbon from the air we breathe than unharvested trees. Using cork helps to support and continue the tradition of cork harvesting and the livelihoods of communities within Portugal. Cork is a biodegradable, recyclable and a renewable material. It also contains the magical benefits of antibacterial and self cleaning properties combating any odours from your hot yoga or pilates sessions.
What's so special about plastic?
At ZenTribe we are doing things differently by combining surplus cork granules and upcycled plastic leftovers from sport industries in our mats, actively reducing any additional landfill waste and plastic flooding our oceans. Allowing our fish and other marine wildlife to reduce their plastic intake and swim free of plastic. As humans we are responsible for the plastic epidemic and we need to take action to reverse the effects its having on all of our eco systems. By using recycled plastic and upcycling it into our yoga mat we are reducing the gallons of oil to reproduce new plastics and reducing additional carbon emissions.
What’s our yoga mission..
Our yoga mission is to provide a yoga mat which is environmentally friendly and has a low impact on the earths resources. But also to be comfortable for you to use during your sessions both at home and in classes. Allowing you to focus on being present in each of your postures or the flow that you’re in. This is why our mat is super lightweight and has a thickness of 5mm, 180cm in length and 69cm in width allowing for extra room for you to move on the mat.