Can You Recycle Yoga Mats? 🧘: In this blog, we discover whether or not you can recycle yoga mats. On a bigger note, we take a look at how you can dispose of your yoga mats without sending it to landfill. Continue reading to learn more.


I bought a blue yoga mat for my mum a while back on her birthday. She was already requesting it from me for a while because she wanted to live a more healthy and fit lifestyle to which I wholeheartedly agreed. Of course, I want my mum to stay fit and healthy! Plenty would, too.

With that said, it has been quite a few months already and she says she enjoys using the yoga mat I gave her very much. It looks that the yoga mat will last her quite a few years because of its high quality.

However, do note that some yoga mats are not built to last long and will deteriorate if its way past its prime. Some may also not like the new mat that they got either for themselves or received as a gift. In both cases, how can you deal with them?

Do you recycle your old or unwanted yoga mat? Or, do you find other means of disposing them? Whichever method works, you should take advantage of and follow. Remember to exhaust everything in your arsenal to avoid sending them to landfills.

Below, we discuss the best options you can to your yoga mats.


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Can you recycle yoga mats? Usually, no

First things first, you need to know what yoga mats are made of to determine their recycling possibility.

Yoga mats are either made out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC, plastic resin code #3), or thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), two types of plastic materials. While you can theoretically recycle these two materials, most yoga mats have dyes and flame retardants in them that makes them difficult – borderline impossible – for recycling plants to process.

As a result, when asking if whether or not you can recycle yoga mats to your local council, more often than not, you will receive no as an answer. You usually cannot recycle yoga mats – specifically those made out of PVC and/or TPE. 

However, you can also find yoga mats made from sustainable materials.

Some companies, albeit very few in Australia, do accept yoga mats for recycling. Earth911 listed a good example of a recycling program available in Australia that accepts yoga mats. Called LovEarth, they create and sell yoga mats with sustainability in mind.

What’s more, if you purchase their sustainable yoga mats, then you also get the chance to recycle or upcycle (i.e., turn an old yoga mat into another different item) your old yoga mat by sending it to LovEarth. Just request a mailing slip from them so you can send your old yoga mats. This is like hitting two birds with one stone – you successfully deal with your yoga mat the environmentally responsible way and also acquire a new, biodegradable yoga mat at the same time.

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Other options aside from recycling

Of course, recycling options rarely are available for plenty of those who want to dispose of their yoga mats in the most environmentally responsible way. If and when you cannot recycle your yoga mats, we suggest you do the following (IMPORTANT NOTE: Wash/rinse/clean yoga mats properly before you decide to do the options below):

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  1. Give your yoga mats to those close to you. If you do not want to use your yoga mat anymore, try giving it to your family or close friends. You may find one who wants to immerse themselves in the fit and healthy lifestyle. Give them your unused yoga mat to show your support.
  2. Donate them to those in need. You can also donate your yoga mats to those in need. Plenty of homeless shelters often need yoga mats to make makeshift bedding, should regular beds become unavailable for homeless shelters to get. Not only do you protect the environment, but you also provide a much-needed help for those in need.
  3. Use them in other ways. Work on them if you have to. In other words, upcycle them! Get creative and turn them into another item altogether. For example, you can turn them into kneepads, shelf liners, heat blockers in cars and mouse pads.


Can you recycle yoga mats? Now you know! Here’s a quick recap

Unfortunately, you do not have a lot of options should you want to recycle your old yoga mat. However, even if recycling options are limited, you still have ways to dispose of your yoga mats properly without impacting the environment.

So, there you have it – always look to dispose of yoga mats the correct way. Do not throw them in your general waste bin as they would inevitably make their way to landfill.


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