Eco innovation: The Cork Yoga Mat

11 July 2020

Eco innovation: The Cork Yoga Mat

As this year’s giving season is almost upon us, it is the perfect time for us to start thinking ethically about our purchases. How can we bring the most joy and happiness through what we purchase and how we purchase?

CorkYogis’ have answered these important questions. They have started a movement amongst the UK yogis to support ‘giving loop purchasing’. So when you purchase a yoga mat, it doesn’t end there, it sparks a social movement that links the East and the West to keep on giving and spreading happiness.

We as Yogis have been given so many gifts from India that have brought balance and harmony to the busy UK lifestyle. CorkYogis thought it was about time to give something back. They work with a team in Kolkata that help them to implement this social change.

The Mission

CorkYogis’ mission is to create positive change for some of the most vulnerable people in India. They are currently working with survivors of sex slavery and forced prostitution in Kolkata; one of the largest cities for human trafficking in the world.

CorkYogis’ inspire hope and give opportunities to the women by funding education and skills to find dignified employment. One of the projects they support is literacy. It is important for the girls to have basic reading and writing skills to give them the confidence and freedom to change their own lives. The other project is sewing and tailoring. This provides the women with practical skills to find employment or to become self-employed by making and crafting sellable items. Once the girls are qualified they can go on to work with CorkYogis’; making yoga mat bags for a good wage or they are free to go and work wherever they wish.