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Recycle Your Pilates Mat for Earth Day

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Here’s a great idea for Earth Day—or any day, for that matter. Next time you’re looking to get rid of your stinky old mat, don’t kick it to the curb. Recycle it!

You can visit RecycleYourMat.com, a site that makes the process simple and easy. Founded in 2008 with a mission to keep yoga mats out of landfills by yoga and nature enthusiast Stephanie Stano, RecycleYourMat.com accepts mats made from any kind of material. First, clean your mat (the site provides ample information on ways to do that). Then you either send it to the company headquarters in Eugene, Oregon, or drop it off if there’s an affiliate center near you. The site allows you to search by zip code to find out if there’s a drop-off spot near where you live. If not, you can always sign your studio up to be a drop-off location for the program. Some studios charge a nominal fee for the service. For more information and details on shipping and recycling, check out RecycleYourMat.com’s FAQ page.

New, Eco-Friendly Pilates Equipment from Root Manufacturing

Eco-friendly Pilates Equipment/Reformer from Root ManufacturingBy Lauren Charlip

Here’s an idea for going green in your studio: choose Pilates equipment made from sustainable, eco-friendly materials. A new Pilates equipment brand, Root Manufacturing, has now made that easier, with the launch of its inaugural line, the first ever made from bamboo.

Root is the first Pilates apparatus line direct from Colorado’s Hart Wood Incorporated, which has been making equipment for the past 13 years for other Pilates brands. “It’s a brand-new offering,” says Root founder and president Vic Hart. “There’s innovation going on, particularly with the bamboo, which offers not only sustainability, but also beauty, strength and hardness.”

Bamboo is technically a grass, not a wood, and Hart says it’s very hard yet lightweight, and stronger than actual wood because of the multiple laminations required to engineer it, thus making for durable and easier-to-move Pilates apparatus.

Hart says the company has prototyped and finessed many of the Root designs with ample feedback from the Pilates community over the years. Design highlights include locks instead of knobs for adjusting high Ladder Barrels, and multiple sizes and configurations for Reformers, including two standard widths, four standard lengths—combinable in any form and compatible with pole systems for converting to Cadillacs and Towers.

“We have a lot to offer the Pilates community, in terms of product,” Hart says. “We’re also trying to help studios grow and sustain themselves. We realize equipment is not inexpensive, sometimes ‘grow as you go’ is the only way to make it happen.”

Root Manufacturing also offers oak and maple products sourced from suppliers who use sustainable forestry practices. The equipment is all hand-crafted, and there is plenty of information about Root’s materials, as well as a nifty color selector on the company’s Web site. “We’re trying to make a product that is going to last a lifetime and also at the same time be good a citizen of the world,” Hart says.