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21 Ways to Repurpose an Old Yoga Mat

21 Ways to Repurpose an Old Yoga Mat

If your dreams of becoming a yoga master didn’t quite work out as planned, chances are you have an old mat or two kicking around the house. Give it a good scrub – you want to be sure to get rid of that old sweat smell – and try repurposing it in any of the following ways.

1. Make a colorful bulletin board.

2. Cut out easy-to-wipe placemats or coasters.

3. Cut out floor protector pads and glue onto furniture legs.

4. Use a small piece as a jar opener/gripper.

5. Line drawers and kitchen cupboards to prevent slipping.

6. Make a homemade laptop case. Cut to the right size and glue with a hot glue gun.

7. Cut out knee pads or a mat to make gardening more comfortable.

8. Turn it into a non-slip mat in the back seat of the car for pets, or in the trunk for groceries.

9. Use as a floor runner beneath carpets to prevent slipping.

10. Use as an extra sleeping mat or in place of an air mattress when camping.

11. Place in front of your tent as a makeshift doormat and a place to put on shoes.

12. Make a mouse pad.

13. Cut into the shape of a seat cushion to add extra padding to chairs.

14. Smother weeds in the garden with it before planting seeds (same as using newspaper).

15. Use as portable seating at sporting events and picnics. Use in place of a towel at the beach.

16. Use strips of yoga mat as makeshift insulation around draughty windows and doors.

17. Cut out shapes, letters, and numbers for kids to play with. Bath and pool toys, masks, costumes, props – the sky’s the limit.

18. Donate to an animal shelter or rescue facility. Old mats can be used to line crates.

19. Use for packing and shipping fragile items. No more peanuts!

20. Lay across dashboard to keep the sun out of your car.

21. Cut out a sleeve for a hot or cold drink.

Unfortunately, yoga mat recycling programs are virtually non-existent. Recycle Your Mat has ceased its work and Manduka no longer offers Mat Recycling kits. Lulu Lemon has no standardized yoga mat recycling program, but says it is currently working with a Vancouver company, debrand, to find “new homes for scuffed, scratched, and sun-damaged yoga mats.” One good option is to visit to learn about its 3R program, which donates old mats for reuse in schools, shelters, and prisons.

The greenest option of all is to make do with what you’ve got and resist the urge to upgrade your yoga mat until absolutely necessary. When you do, choose an eco-friendly option that’s free from PVC, Microban, and PER. This might mean getting away from the traditional squishy-feeling yoga mat, but there’s nothing wrong with natural rubber and hemp or jute mats.

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4:11PM PST on Nov 11, 2014

I think I have never seen such blogs ever before that has complete things with all details which I want. So kindly update this ever for us

3:56AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Thank you

12:41AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

Thanks for those ideas, they're very helpful.

9:21PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

LOL These ideas are pretty good. I made the huge mistake of deciding to tile my floor several years back and the floor is slick. I have dogs who have to watch their footing. However, when my dog was diagnosed with cancer in her leg and it had to be amputated she found the floor extremely difficult and dangerous to try to navigate on 3 legs. I tried many things including shoes to help her get around; nothing worked. One day a friend of mine suggested yoga mats. So I bought a few to see how she could navigate on them. I lined her usual path with mats and TACKILY duct taped it down! It works great. It gives her feet the added support and grip she needs to motor through the house. I went back to the store and bought several more and cut and pasted mats all through the house. I have the most miserable looking floor now, blue, orange, green mats with duct tape but it is worth it for her to get around. She is on her 4th year as a tripawd, going on 14 years of age, and my ugly house is definitely worth it. I recommend it for other tripawds who have problems.

1:12PM PDT on Jun 20, 2014

I read this from TreeHugger this morning, great post!!

8:32PM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

1:37PM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

The pet bed option is the best, IMHO.

11:10AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

Some of these ideas are great!

9:09AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014


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