You probably have your favorite yoga mat, your most adorable yoga attire, a refillable water bottle, and maybe even a mat towel. But do you have a yoga mat bag? Every yoga mat deserves a happy home.
Whether you travel with your mat and yoga accessories, leave them in your car, or at your favorite studio, every loved yoga mat should have an equally loved bag to live in. We’ve spent some time researching your options for sustainable mat bags and are excited to share with you our top picks. Trust me, there are countless bags and styles to chose from, but we want to showcase our favorite eco-friendly bags, since yoga is not just a physical practice, but a lifestyle, too.
1. Wai Lana Green
100% organic cotton
Colored with natural, eco-friendly dyes
Stylish and attractive
Convenient drawstring closure
The Wai Lana Green bags come in an assortment of colors and designs. The earth tones match the eco-friendly and sustainable materials and are great for yogis that need a little extra room in their mat bag for other accessories. If you haven’t heard of Wai Lana, you may recognize her internationally-aired TV series teaching yoga on the beautiful beaches of Hawaii. She’s been practicing for over 20 years and is said to be responsible for the skyrocketing popularity of yoga today.
2. Recycled Imports Co.
Made from recycled cement sacks
Adjustable strap and exterior zipper pocket
It doesn’t get much more creative than this bag. You can find this gem on Etsy and each one is handmade. The strap and extra pocket room make it a great option for the cyclist yogis that ride their bike to classes. And to top it off, a portion of the proceeds goes to a good cause: $2.00 will be donated to build clean water drinking wells in rural Cambodian villages for every purchase.
3. Gaiam Everything Fits Gym Bag
100% recycled polyester exterior
Shoulder straps for easy carry
Several pockets to keep you organized
Vented exterior compartment to hold shoes or wet items
Although this option is not 100% environmentally friendly, the exterior is made of recycled material and it’s a solid option for the yogis that have a tendency to over pack for class or need to bring along an extra change of clothes for after practice. All your goodies fit cozily inside the bag, while your yoga mat attaches to the bands underneath.
Made from organic hemp
Chemical-free and sweatshop-free
Additional pocket for yoga accessories
Since 1997 Rawganique has been growing, sourcing, creating, and sharing positive products with the world. Located on Denman Island in the Strait of Georgia, they have help from 50 artisans and grow, process, weave, knit, dye, and sew unique sweatshop-free organic clothing, footwear, bed, bath, and home products. As they put it, “small is beautiful, sustainable is abundant, quiet is soothing, natural is healing, pure is nourishing, and simple is bountiful and simply awe-inspiring.
Separate section for yoga towel, T-shirt, etc.
Large interior pocket
Fully wipeable lining
Eco-friendly and sustainable fabric
Yogoco understands the importance of being able to bring all your yoga gear with you on the go. The woman-owned company has created the perfect compact bag that fits your mat and all necessary accessories but is not overly large and cumbersome. They even use a unique manufacturing process “that is both sustainable and helps conserve our precious natural resources: land, water and energy.”