So You’ve Broken Up With Lululemon—Now What?

Via Nyk Danu
on Jan 10, 2015
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* In my first Elephant Journal article, The Day I Broke Up With Lululemon I explored my awakening as to Lululemon’s true colors and how I said good bye to Lulu for good and found some great ethical and sustainable options.

Many people have asked me for a list of sustainable Made in Canada and Made in the USA options for yoga clothing.

Here it is!

When I went hunting on the internet I found lots of options for Made in Canada and the Made in USA Yoga Lines. I’m only going to highlight the sustainable and eco options because I’m equal parts tree hugger and punk rock.

Before I get into the clothing lines themselves allow me to explain why it’s important to be mindful about our Yoga clothes. I’m about to get a little “soap boxy” here but bear with me as it’s all for the greater good.

We vote with our dollars every day! Yup, it’s true. Every time we spend money we are saying “I support this” or “I value this”.

As individuals our small investments can make a difference.

It’s called supply and demand. Corporations produce what sells and stop producing what doesn’t, it’s that simple.

Buy cheap sh*t Made in China and they’ll make more of it. If we buy locally made, sweatshop-free and sustainable then we’ll have more of that in the world.

As Yogi’s I hope we’re practicing Ahimsa. This non-harming includes us, our fellow humans and the earth.

So, if we are buying Yoga clothing made abroad in a sweat shop, then we’re not practicing Ahimsa or seeing the big interconnected picture. To buy in-line with our values we need to consider those making our clothes and the damage to the earth that our spending habits cause.

Buy Local!

When we buy local we are reducing harmful emissions caused by transport and supporting an entrepreneur or a Mom and Pop shop to support themselves and their families. Buying local also helps our local economy (and rumor has it the economy isn’t doing so well).

The clothes feel better! If you haven’t experienced organic cotton or bamboo on your body for yoga you are seriously missing out!

Okay, so if you’re thinking right now, “Argh, it’s too much work, being socially responsible is exhausting, I don’t have the time” I hear that believe me!

I have spent hours online (this is how Yoga Geeks spend their Saturday nights) researching this and I’m happy to hook you up with recommendations. 

* Small disclaimer: At the time of writing this all of these lines were made locally but things can change, so it’s always a good idea to double check for yourself before clicking “add to cart.”

I’m the most familiar with the Made in Canada lines because I’m Canuck. I buy local first so I’ll start with those:

Made in Canada—Organic and Sustainable Fabrics

Love Light Yogadesigned and made in Vancouver.

Salts Organic-made on Salts Spring Island, BC. Although not completely a “Yoga Line” the leggings and hoodies rock.

Squeezed Yoga ClothingYoga clothing made in Ontario.

Yogo-made and designed in Canada by Jo-Ann Oosterman.

Abacamade in Quebec.

Respecterre—made in Quebec.

Zen Nomadyoga apparel designed by Sonja den Elzen.

Seed Yogalet’s hear it for the boys, eco men’s yoga line.

Made in the USA–Organic and Sustainable Fabrics

Beckons Yoga Clothing

Bhakti Waremade out of organic and sustainable fabrics. Made in the USA.

Inner Wavesorganic and made in the USA.

Float Designseco-conscious Yoga apparel made in the USA.

4-thsustainable Yoga clothing made in the USA.

LVR FashionOrganic and made in USA.

Anjali Clothingsustainable Yoga clothing made in the USA.

Sweet skinsOrganic and made in USA.

There are lots of Ethical and Sustainable Yoga Threads made right in our back yard.

So what do you say Yogi’s—are you ready to break up with Lulu?

Wanna vote with your dollar for a greener world and have some kick a** threads? If you’re with me say, “I” in the comments below and let the locally made revolution begin!

 

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Author: Nyk Danu

Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Photo: Danielle Hoogenboom 


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About Nyk Danu

Nyk Danu, Creator of “Real Yoga For The Rest Of Us”, teaches Yoga and Meditation in person and virtually on the internet. She is a self-professed Yoga geek, Buddhist, Activist, Tattoo lover and Green tea addict . You can find out more about Nyk and sign up for free Yoga videos on her website. Connect with Nyk on facebookTwitterPinterest and Google +.

Comments

25 Responses to “So You’ve Broken Up With Lululemon—Now What?”

  1. gdr23 says:

    I. Have been in this camp for years, Lululemon isn't in my shopping radar and never has been.

  2. Nyk Danu says:

    Thats amazing! So many are not there yet, but maybe with the right info & encouragement we can flip it 🙂

  3. ianparsons1000 says:

    any suggestions for plus sized folks?

  4. Nyk says:

    The only plus sized line I have found so far that Has sustainable options is Haven Yoga Collective http://havencollectiveyoga.com the whole line is not sustainable but they have some sustainable options. I am doing some research on this. If I find some good one's write another post. 🙂

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Been a wearer of Love Light Yoga wear for years – best tights ever!!!!!

  6. Janie says:

    For anyone in the Collingwood ares of Ontario. Awear Eco Boutique carries conscious brands also

  7. Kurt says:

    Thanks for doing the legwork.

  8. Sand says:

    Anybody familiar with a North American for long legged folks? The long pants are what drew me to LLL in the first place, and living in the north central US, I still need pants, not capris for practice!

  9. monica says:

    YOGiiZA! its a local start-up company in Miami Beach and make organic clothing for organic people with a mission to give yogis a choice that is a true reflection of yoga values. They're a beautiful community of yogis check them out yogiiza.com

  10. Thanks Nyk for the great mention! We do a combo of made in Canada (in our little studio and shipped duty free to the US as well) and made FairTrade in India (near where our organic cotton is grown). Thanks again Nyk and I am loving your newsletter/videos as well!

  11. Julie says:

    Loved your article. I started Yoga World in August 2013 after doing years of research on sustainable yoga wear or simply yoga wear that wasn’t being made in sweat shops. Yoga World is simple in that it supports manufacturers that are making a difference in the production of yoga wear either by their practices of leaving a smaller footprint, using recycled materials, keeping production more local or ensuring fair trade and great working conditions and giving back in general to our world and our communities. I feel strongly that in order for the next generation to be able to sustain itself, we need to start changing the way we buy NOW. You are absolutely right when you say that we vote with our dollars. We voice our opinion every time we open our wallets. I want my hard earned money to make a difference. Thank you so much for your honest blog.

  12. Jon says:

    As person who used to work for lululemon(used to cause I didn't like the new road the company was traveling) it used to be caring, conscientious, etc… kind of company where people came first before $$$. When it went public a decade ago and started trading stock, it went down hill from there. Its not even a Canadian run company anymore; it may have started in Canada but, a US firm has majority share and is taking the company down the dark $ road. There was mass exodus a couple years ago from the CEO down to some store managers cause the new American ideology of wanting more profits and screw the people from employees to customers. Haven't you noticed in the last 5 years or so, how the current quality of their clothing has deteriorated in under a year compared to the stuff ten years ago.

    Sorry for my rant, this is a wonderful article and love the message of talking/walking with our dollars and being good to the people and the land.

  13. Adrienne says:

    I wear love light yoga and her tights are very long. I am 5'10. 🙂 lovelightyoga.com

  14. Adrienne says:

    Me too, love it!

  15. Emma says:

    Do you know any sustainable lines in the UK or Europe?

  16. meormy says:

    Great "made in canada"article and not just yoga wear many great things are but do remember, where is the material for all this yoga wear coming from and many other items that boast "made in Canada " can be deceiving do your homework if you truly want to change the comsummer way of thinking and buying…have a good day …

  17. Rita says:

    I. Thanks for your research efforts and sharing the results. There is really no valid reason not to support those companies, so "Goodbye Lululemon!"

  18. Paula says:

    Lululemon, Athleta, and other trendy lines in which you pay $98 or more for a pair of pants are impossible for many, including me. I'm hoping Goodwill and St. Vincent DePaul are considered ethical and sustainable, cause that's where the vast majority of my practicing and teaching apparel come from.

  19. idolookgood says:

    Nothing wrong with being a tree hugger! Great resource, thank you!

  20. jess says:

    THANK YOU. I manage a yoga store that specializes in Canadian Made apparel. As yogis, its our duty to support ethically and locally manufactured clothes! 🙂

  21. Nyk Danu says:

    Hey Emma check out prancing leopard they are in Europe

  22. Nyk Danu says:

    Hey Paula,

    Second hand is the most Eco of all! I also am a fan of second hand shops for everything 😉

  23. @tehsophz says:

    I really love Nomads hempwear (some yoga clothing and also streetwear) https://nomadshempwear.com/ based in BC.

    From their website: "Along with a devotion for eco-textiles and an environmentally sustainable lifestyle, we also take pride in employing fair labor in the construction of all our garments. While we do manufacture in China, we spent the time and energy to source out the most environmentally friendly, fair-trade factory we could find, so that we were sure we were passing guilt-free, planet-friendly savings on to you."

  24. Evie says:

    Yoga Smoga is manufactured in Worcester, Ma, too!

  25. Ni says:

    Thank you so much for this article! I have never liked Lululemon and find it hard that so many Western yoga practitioners wear it. Really seems to go against Yogic principles when you consider how, where and of what it’s made of. I have found some beautiful (but pricey) brands such as Prancing Leopard but it’s still hard to know about manufacturimg practices. Wouls that there were a universal rating system on multiple dimensions/criteria. Thank your for pointing out that gently-used/previously loved is the most eco-friendly. It’s nice to see

    Websites and stores that do trades etc. Perhaps there need to be yoga-centered ones?;)

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