sustainability

Terra Active Sustainability

We believe transparency is the key to running an ethical, sustainable business. That's why we want to be as honest as possible about our manufacturing and shipping processes. This so that you, our customers, know exactly what went into making our products and what kind of business you are buying from. There is always room for improvement, and we will never stand still to ensure we are running things as sustainably as possible. 

OUR PRODUCTS

ECO YOGA MATS

Most yoga mats currently on the market are made from PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). This is a non recyclable substance, which means that used PVC mats are either sent to a landfill, where they will sit for thousands of years, or to an incinerator, where toxic gasses will be released from their combustion. 

Our eco yoga mats are made from TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) foam. TPE is a synthetic rubber that is very recyclable and requires less energy to manufacture than PVC. TPE also has great properties which we believe contribute to the ease of use and comfortability of our yoga mats:

  • Lightweight
  • Non-slip
  • Water resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Elastic
  • Durable

The recyclability of TPE is a main sustainable benefit over other PVC alternatives such as natural rubber, a material that is difficult to harvest or recycle in an environmentally sound way. 

Our eco yoga mats are free from toxic substances, latex free and PVC free and are made in a BSCI approved factory in Asia. The BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) certification ensures improved factory working conditions and quality of product.

TEXTILES

Our clothingtowels and tote bags are made of organic cotton, which is eco friendly and compared to conventional cotton:

  • has a 46% lower Total Global Warming Potential 
  • uses 0% hazardous materials
  • cuts water consumption by 91%
  • uses no synthetic pesticides

Our clothing textile is manufactured in Bangladesh and our towels in Cuba, both in GOTS certified factories. Our final clothing products are made to order in the EU. This greatly reduces waste and eliminates dead stock. All clothing is printed with eco-friendly water-based inks.

Our eco sweaters are made of 85% organic ring spun combed cotton and 15% recycled polyester. This recycled polyester is made from recycled plastic bottles. 

All our textile products (clothing and towels) are 100% eco certified by the OEKO-TEX® and by the GOTS 5.0 label:

GOTS is the Global Organic Textile Standard label. This is the strictest certification for textiles made from organic fibres. GOTS tracks the entire chain of production from farm to factory: from harvesting of the cotton, weaving of fibres, assembly of items, to the final product before printing, and even the export of clothing.

It certifies that the cotton is:

  • GMO free
  • grown without the use of chemicals
  • processed and dyed without using any banned toxic substances.

GOTS also ensures compliance with the labour standards of the International Labour Organisation throughout the chain of production which ensures decent working conditions and wages for farmers and factory employees.

PACKAGING & DISTRIBUTION

All clothing is shipped without plastic, in top quality eco friendly recyclable packaging.

Our eco yoga mats, yoga straps and workout towels are kept in a sustainable warehouse in The Netherlands.

All orders are shipped carbon neutral and in recyclable packaging. 

    THE GOAL 

    We strongly believe that knowledge is power. The more you learn as a company about your environmental impact, and how to reduce this, the more you are able to do about it. We are still a start-up, and we are learning a lot. Our goal is to be able to calculate our total carbon footprint as a company and become carbon neutral at least, carbon negative at best in the future. 


    We want to take you along on this journey towards carbon neutrality and carbon negativity and would love to hear your feedback or ideas on how we can make this happen together. Tell us your feedback or ideas!

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