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Recycle Your Mat – Studio Recycling FAQs

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Reduce. Reuse. RecycleYourMat.

What yoga mats can be recycled and upcycled?

Whether yours is plastic, jute, PVC, natural rubber, latex or whatever – we recycle them all! No matter what your yoga mat is made from, we can make it into something else.

Do I need to wash my mat before I recycle it?

Just like glass, paper and plastic recycling, yoga mats should be cleaned prior to recycling. We suggest using these cleaning methods from Yoga Journal:

“If your mat is lightly soiled, spray a solution of 2 cups water and 4 drops dish soap on a clean cloth. Rub the soiled mat areas. Wipe the mat with clean water, wipe dry with clean towel, then hang to dry.

If your mat is heavily soiled, submerge it in a solution of warm water and mild detergent. Thoroughly hand wash the mat and rinse in clean water. After squeezing out the excess water, lay the mat on a dry towel and roll the mat and towel together. Stepping on the rolled up mat will squeeze more moisture out of the mat and into the towel. Then unroll and hang to air dry.”

Why is there a fee for recycling my mat?

Much like a non-profit, Recycle Your Mat provides a public service. We believe in waste diversion and planetary health, but simply cannot afford to cover shipping costs. Recycling your mat at (y)our studio OmBase:

1) Saves you money – paying a mat recycling fee at a studio is three to five times cheaper than sending an individual mat to Recycle Your Mat directly.

2) Saves resources – grouping mats for shipment saves valuable resources by bundle shipping, instead of sending one mat at a time.

3) Saves packaging – grouped mats in boxes take less material to ship than individually wrapped mats.

What does Recycle Your Mat do with my mat?

Recycle, upcycle and donation. In 2008 and 2009 we worked with small US businesses to turn mats into other products and to support each other as we work to grow sustainable businesses. Each year more than 30% of mats collected are donated to community programs.

I have more questions, who should I contact?

For more information please visit or call (541) 556 – 9191.


Recycle Your Mat: The backstory

Stephanie Stano

Stephanie Stano

Yoga practitioner and Recycle Your Mat founder Stephanie Stano has been passionate about nature and social issues since her youth. Always active in the outdoors, no matter the weather or location, Stephanie knew at a young age that nature nurtures the potential inside us all.

During her career she’s focused on working for non-profit organizations, outdoor lifestyle companies and volunteering her time to social causes. It’s this passion for the outdoors and personal development that are the foundation of Recycle Your Mat.

Since Recycle Your Mat‘s beginning in early 2008, the business has been centered around two main objectives – recycle and upcycle mats as new products and reuse mats through donation. These objectives are met through yoga mat collection at yoga studios, fitness centers and through individual’s shipments of yoga mats.

Recycle Your Mat believes yoga is sacred, and yogis can honor our practice by collectively furthering our responsibility to the planet. Just like yoga restores our body, soul and mind, the materials that support our practice can save mountains, streams and other biodynamic places.

Recycle Your Mat adheres to the triple bottom line by striving for planetary, community and financial health. The people of Recycle Your Mat, as individuals and together as an organization, seek to solve environmental challenges in a socially responsible manner.


Recycle Your Mat
4777 Larkwood Street
Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 556 – 9191

Twitter: RecycleYourMat

Fences For Fido

Friday, September 25th, 2009
. . . UN-CHAINED . . . one dog at a time

. . . UN-CHAINED . . . one dog at a time

Fences For Fido


In an upcoming November class
. . . to be announced . . .
OmBase will be donating the proceeds
of that class to Fences For Fido


Fences For Fido is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the welfare and quality of life for dogs living outdoors. Through their volunteer efforts, they create safer and improved conditions for chained dogs, provide education to the public, and help build healthier communities through awareness and compassion.

For dogs living outdoors on a chain, Fences For Fido reaches out to their guardian and offers a free fence, a new shelter, and free or reduced cost spay/neuter. With their services, dogs who were once chained will learn what it’s like to live, run, and play in a safe and more comfortable environment.

“I never imagined a couple of years ago when my husband, Casey, and I built our first fence that it would result in groups like Fences For Fido all around the country. Knowing that people care about chained dogs and that the issue is beginning to get the attention it deserves is encouraging and moving. Seeing a chained dog go from despondent and often times broken to playful and happy in a fence is an amazing experience. Thank you Fences for Fido for your compassion and hard work – the dogs of Portland appreciate it” —Amanda Arrington, Founder, Coalition to Un-chain Dogs

In honor of Lynda Pilger’s never ending love and compassion for our four-legged family members, Fences For Fido is dedicated to our dear friend. Were she here with us, Lynda would be the leader of our little pack, and she would also be the first in line to give each and every dog a tender loving hug.


READ MORE – a recent news story:

Fences for Fido helps break the dog chains” by Margie Boule | The Oregonian | September 22, 2009


post a flyer in your neighborhood, at your work or organization!


go to Fences for Fido and donate directly!