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How to Recycle Yoga Mats and Old Sneakers

Easy Ways to Green Your Fitness and Daily Routine

We are pumped to share one of our fave stories from Fitness Magazine here on FitSugar!

You carry your own water bottle, use a reusable shopping bag, and sort your recyclables from the trash. Here are more easy ways to green your daily routine without thinking about it.

Choose Wisely

Look for eco-friendly companies when shopping for workout clothes and gear. Gaiam, Patagonia, and GoLite are just a few of the companies that use organic fibers in their clothing and accessories. Green your yoga session by investing in a mat made from sustainable ingredients, like Manduka's eKO Mat.

Reuse Old Fitness Gear

If you've Downward Dogged your yoga mat into tatters or have equipment from your days of being in the neighborhood soccer league, blow off the dust bunnies for a cause. Bring new life to your old gear through these programs.


Recycle Your Mat: Send your old mat (or drop it off at a participating location), and this company will work with other organizations to find creative new uses for it.

Sports Gift: Organize a collection in your neighborhood, school, or office for old gear like soccer balls, tennis rackets, and athletic shoes, and this nonprofit will ship them to underprivileged children worldwide, so they can enjoy sports too.

Reuse-a-Shoe: Donate worn sneakers to Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe program, and they'll turn your pair into material for playgrounds and other Nike products. Find a drop-off location or start your own shoe drive at

Keep reading for more green fitness tips.

Care For Your Clothes

A sweaty workout can lead to smelly workout clothes. Instead of putting your threads through a tough spin cycle, switch to a natural detergent. Fewer harsh chemicals will prolong the life of your clothing, and since many are formulated for cold water, you'll save on energy too. We like Mrs. Meyer's 68 Load 4X Laundry Detergent: the concentrated formula saves water used in the detergent and cuts down on packaging, reducing your carbon footprint in more ways than one.

Learn to Share

Hopping on a bike instead of getting in the car is always a good option, but if you don't have your own set of wheels, community bike-sharing programs are your earth- and wallet-friendly solution. In a bike share, riders can rent a bike at one location and drop it off at another for a monthly fee. Bike shares have been popular in Europe and are now popping up in cities like Washington DC, Boston, MA, and Denver, CO, and soon in New York City.

Read on for more ways to green your fitness routine.

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jlsander07 jlsander07 5 years
I love this post -  I feel like fitness is the last place people would think they could be eco-friendly. However, you make some great points. I really like the reusing old great part - great tips. Thanks for this post!
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