Building and maintaining green yoga studios has been a trend that we hope can stick around forever. To be environmentally conscious means your attitude, energy, and intentions are always green. You think about the Earth, your studio, your students, and your lifestyle. Let’s just say that green is the new black. So, if you’re ready to get on board, then try these cost-friendly, eco-friendly steps to make your studio a little greener!
Air purifying plants
Plants like the fern, peace lily, dracaena, golden pothos, English ivy, Chinese evergreen, and bamboo palm are known to naturally remove pollutants from the air. Just place them in your studio and you’ll notice a difference! We promise.
Environmentally-friendly flooring products include bamboo and cork, which are both easy to install and cost about the same as traditional hardwood. Bamboo is very durable while cork’s springy material works to cushion and insulate.
Energy-efficient light bulbs
Using compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) can save lots on your monthly energy bills. For instance, CFLs last about 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs while LEDs last two to four times longer than CFLs. That’s less wasted energy and greater durability and reliability.
Chemical-free cleaning supplies
A lot of cleaning products are toxic to our health, causing indoor air pollution that brings on headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Well, say goodbye to those. Instead, use the most common and useful non-toxic cleaning products that include baking soda, lemon juice, castile soap, Borax, vinegar, and essential oils.
Providing biodegradable yoga mats made from natural rubber is one step to achieving a green (and non-toxic) studio. You can also keep the ball rolling with eco-friendly yoga clothes, made from recycled polyester, organic cotton, French terry, Tencel, and Modal.
Recycled cans, glass, and plastic bottles
Recycling, as we all know, can benefit the environment and preserve our natural resources. And according to Recycling Revolution, recycled plastics use 70 percent less energy and recycled glass uses 40 percent less energy. So, make sure that your students and staff know to put any recyclable items into the recycling bin!
As a renewable energy source, solar panels generate electricity from sunlight, producing virtually no pollution and providing savings by not having to pay for electricity. The panels are also used to power hot water and appliances.
Low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints
Minimize your studio’s exposure to harmful chemicals with eco-friendly paint. Volatile organic compounds have been linked to a variety of health problems, including headaches, asthma, and respiratory diseases. No, thanks! Low-VOC paints, however, can improve indoor air quality and especially your health.
ENERGY STAR-certified ceiling fans
Ceiling fans that are certified by ENERGY STAR use less energy and deliver exceptional features, ultimately helping you save more money on utility bills. They are also long-lasting and about 60 percent more efficient than conventional fans.
Last but not least …
An important step in green living is being paperless. With HealingRadiusPro‘s online business management tool, all materials like promotions and class schedules are created without paper in sight. Transactions are receipt-less, and recordkeeping and reporting are paperless, too.
What do you say? Let green serve as the ultimate customer service and be an important part of your growing studio. A studio that encourages harmony and consciousness in the way we connect with ourselves and the world. And if you know of more ways to go green in the workplace, we’d love it if you can share them in the comment section below!
Allison Barfield is a content writer for Span Enterprises and has been writing since she first learned to hold a pencil, shortly after birth. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a B.A. in media arts she fell in love with marketing. She's been copy writing and managing multiple blogs ever since.