Today is World Environment Day and now, more than ever, businesses have a responsibility to be conscious of their environmental footprint.
One of the ethics in the Yoga Sutras is ‘Ahimsa’, which means non-violence. This means non-violence towards yourself and others, but also towards your environment and the earth.
To be environmentally friendly is to make small choices which can affect change and make a huge difference in the long-term.
Sometimes it feels like ‘the environment’ is just TOO big a problem for one person to take on.
As a yoga studio, we have made the following choices to be more environmentally conscious:
- We recycle as much waste as we can
- We requested and got bike racks installed right outside our studio to encourage cycling
- We’re a cycle-friendly employer
- We buy vegan, ethically sourced, sustainable soaps & shampoos from Living Naturally Soap Nuts, Faith in Nature & Suma.
- We use infrared heaters for our hot yoga classes, which are more energy-efficient than traditional heaters
- We put plants and greenery where we can in our studio to keep our connection to nature
- We source as many of our supplies from local suppliers to reduce our carbon footprint
- We sell Manduka Yoga mats & props – a brand committed to leave the tiniest environmental footprint possible.
What do you do to keep your home or work more environmentally friendly?
Here are a few things you can try to reduce your environmental footprint:
- Use a water bottle and refill it instead of buying plastic water bottles.
- Always carry a reusable shopping bag, or a few old plastic bags, in your bag to have spare bags to hand.
- Pick up litter, or better yet, take part in local Beachwatch Beach Cleans.
- Choose less toxic, environmentally friendly toiletries and cleaning products (such as Method) in your house.
- Always turn off lights, heating and power supplies when not in use – you’ll save money too!
Like any form of social change, if the majority of people make small but significant changes, it will have a larger impact on the environment.