In recent years, there’s been a whole lot of discussion about “buying American.” Truth be told, it’s not as easy as it once was. In the mid-20th century, manufacturing led the U.S. economy. More recently, companies have chosen to cut labor costs and move their facilities elsewhere.
Manufacturing products in the U.S. not only provides American jobs: it’s also more sustainable for our environment. Foreign-made products have to travel a long way to get to their final destinations. That travel starts with huge cargo ships that run on the cheapest diesel fuel available. These goods are then loaded onto heavy-polluting trucks and trains. All this adds up to a pretty major carbon footprint.
Where Do Your Yoga Props Come From?
The yoga industry is not a lot different from the rest of the manufacturing sector in this respect. Many of the yoga products we use every day are made halfway around the world. In many cases, this is necessary. For example, there are certain yoga products—especially those made with rubber and cork—that are much more easily manufactured in places that are close to where the raw materials are harvested. There are other products too, including some types of yoga mats, that are just not available here in the U.S.
But there are plenty of yoga props that can easily be made right here. At Hugger Mugger, we employ a full-time staff of dedicated manufacturing professionals who form the linchpin of our high-quality products. Making these products here, at our Salt Lake City-based facility, gives us the ability to ensure quality through every step of the process. In addition, we partner with U.S. companies that specialize in products we don’t make here on site.
American-Made Yoga Products
Here’s a list of products we make here at Hugger Mugger:
- Yoga Bolsters
- Yoga Clothing: Yogatards and Hugger Mugger Shorts
- Eyebags and Neck Pillows
- Meditation Cushions
Here are a few more American-made yoga products manufactured by our partners:
- Meditation Benches (made by a local Salt Lake City artisan)
- Wood Yoga Blocks (made by the same local artisan cited above)
- Tapas Mats: Original and Ultra Mats
- Yoga Towels
For a full list of our USA-made products visit this link.