The first recycled yoga mat – we all have to change

It has never been more important to think about your own buying decisions. Everyone has power to make a change – every individual consumer, every tiny or huge company, every institution, and all our politics. Our start-up hejhej and the first recycled yoga mat is our contribution.

Being a mum and founder – 5 questions for WOMOM

We did not reach gender equality in professional life yet and women are also underrepresented as entrepreneurs. Being a mum and and a founder: more and more mothers see entrepreneurship as an opportunity to combine family- and work-life.  Unfortunately, it is often difficult for mothers to fully develop their professional lives. Kita places have long […] weiterlesen

Why Yoga involves more than just physical exercises and how the chakras can help you with this

Chakras are another part of the ancient Indian knowledge about yoga. The word chakra from Sanskrit can be translated as wheel or disc. Chakras are centers of consciousness and life energy in the body, whereby the original teaching describes seven main energy centers. Of course, there are still many tributaries of the life force in your body, but these seven act as nodal points that concentrate and distribute the most.

Why we push White Monday

That’s why White Monday is the Monday before Black Friday. We want to be present before mass consumption day to remind you of alternative possibilities and spread the message: Reuse, Repair and Rent. We want to promote the strategies of the circular economy to make it possible for you to holistically decide about the material things in your life. Get inspired and discover exciting new concepts to manufacture, provide and maintain consumer goods.

A sustainable yoga mat bag

Sustainability is simply inevitable. The circular economy is the most healthy way to consume and that is why we created the most sustainable yoga mat bag in a circular way.

Why we decided to do crowdfunding again

Crowdfunding enables truly sustainable product innovation as society decides whether or not a new product will appear on the market. That’s why the hejhej-bag is only launched if the crowdfunding campaign is successful.

What does the sufficiency strategy actually mean?

Do I really need this product? This simple question sums up the sufficiency strategy. All other sustainability approaches are solely powerless and need the sufficiency strategy on its side. This is why, we integrated the strategy in our personal as well as in our corporate life. It is a key part of hejhej although it totally goes against the classic economy. We tell people to only buy a new yoga mat if a new one is really needed. We don’t want to promote consumption, we want to make a change.

The first closed-loop yoga mat

Why are there so few sustainable companies and products? Why does a closed-loop yoga mat so far not exist? Those were exactly the questions that led us to the decision to make a difference and to develop the first closed-loop yoga mat. In this blog article, we want to explain what the term closed-loop means and why it’s the most sustainable way to produce and consume new products.

Holisticness – you are more than just your body

It is a lingering movement but luckily we are becoming more and more mindful and more aware of our planet. Just as we are more attentive to our environment, we should also consider holistically our own health – and that not only affects the body, but also mind and soul. A holistic approach to health should also pay attention to the ecosystem in which we move: our earth.

Mindful and sustainable traveling tips

The mindfulness of your yoga practice can also be taken with you while traveling. We are sharing our 3 best sustainable traveling tips plus our top 7 reasons why everyone should travel outside in nature once.

The ethical production of a yoga mat

The story of a hejhej-mat – an ethical production of yoga mats. We want to communicate really transparent about how our hejhej-mats are produced. We consciously decided to produce in Germany in order to act as socially and ethically as possible and in order to keep the transportation ways as short as possible.

Who made my yoga mat?

As you know, we are usually no huge fans of trends as they normally go together with unnecessary consumption. However, there is always an exception to the rule. One great one is Fashion Revolution. The global movement of fighting for fair working conditions for our garment producers is getting bigger. It gains more awareness on […] weiterlesen

Sustainable fasting – Our three favorite alternatives

Fasting is about refreshment and reflection. Forgoing for a while the familiar is more than an old tradition. Fasting actually has its roots in Religion and should prepare us for the festive easter days. As well as in the old days as today it should be a period about reflection and consciousness. So even if […] weiterlesen

Why hejhej-mats donates yoga mats to the homeless

Who would really need a mat? Especially for homeless people blankets and mats are really helpful. We wanted to extend the product life cycle of some of our mats from the development phase and at the same time support a social initiative. That’s why we decided to donate the yoga mats to a institutions for homeless people. Homelessness is not a topic in our society, we want to give you tips of how to support and interact with homeless people.

Ideas for sustainable Valentine’s Day presents

There are a lot commercial festive days, Valentine’s Day is one example. Especially on these days, it is important to not consume without thinking and to not support unethical companies but to show our economy and everybody out there that you care for sustainability.

Thoughtful and sustainable Christmas gifts for yoga

Yoginis and yogis love meaningful and thoughtful presents. A lot of them are into the topic of sustainability since yoga is not only about mindfulness towards themselves but also about mindfulness towards the planet. We are sharing four of our favorite sustainable gifts for yoga in our recent blog article with you.

What connects our premium yoga mats with mindfulness towards yourself and mindfulness towards the planet?

In theory mindfulness towards yourself and towards the planet work really well together. BUT: Why do we yogis then practice yoga on a harmful plastic mat? Our sustainable and premium yoga mats enable other yogis to consume mindfully. Mindful consumption questions whether you really need a product since most of the products people buy are not really necessary.

How social yoga can offer support along a therapy

Yoga has beneficial features for your overall wellbeing. Did you know that social yoga can also be supportive for people suffering from mental illnesses? Yoga für alle e.v. is a great NGO that makes yoga available for people who would otherwise not have the chance to participate in yoga.

Why you should return your circular yoga mat

A circular yoga mat only becomes fully closed-looped if you return it. So one of the most important success factors of the circular economy is the consumer because it is in the consumer’s power to return a product and to make it available for a new production. However, to achieve a sustainable circular product it is essential to be aware of the intention of reaching a more sustainable planet with the circular economy.

Why cooperating with a workplace for people with disabilities brings us closer to being a social start-up

hejhej-mats is not only about developing a yoga mat, we are aiming to become an environmental friendly and social start-up. We wanted to cooperate with a social organization for sewing the logos on top of our sustainable yoga mats. This is why we are cooperating with a workplace for people with disabilities. We want to share with you our experiences and reveal to you why this makes us so so happy.

The variety of yoga

Yoga not only offers a variety of yoga styles but also various yoga poses and so many places where you can practice yoga. People are nowadays chasing through their life without resting. Yoga is just about yourself and your practice on your mat – so it is a great way of slowing life down. For us it is certainly part of our daily life and we want to share with you some of our favorite yoga poses, places and styles.

Trying to develop the best yoga mat takes a lot of effort and financial resources

The product development of hejhej-mats always had the aim to develop the best yoga at the market. Now it is finished and our hejhej-mats will be launched soon. What we experienced is the most expensive sustainability criteria is to solely manufacture a product in Germany, which is why we have to raise our sales price from 119€ to 129€. However, we are happy and proud to offer you a fully sustainable yoga mat made in Germany.

hejhej-mats does not want to drive consumerism but simply produce a good yoga mat in Germany

Consumerism is part of our daily life and is even growing and growing so that there is a real overconsumption happening on our planet. hejhej-mats is not running its business in order to drive consumerism even more but just because we want to offer a sustainable and good yoga mat in Germany. All of us should ask ourselves the question of “Do you really need this product?” before making a buying decision.

5 key learnings for a successful crowdfunding campaign

A successful crowdfunding campaign can also be quite tricky and it requires a lot of work. As our crowdfunding campaign helped us a lot with the further actions of our business, we would like to give you some insights on what we learned from our campaign and share with you our 5 key findings for a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Women in entrepreneurship

Unfortunately, we have to experience ourselves that there are very little women in entrepreneurship. And the women who start their own businesses face difficulties men do not.

Eco-friendly yoga mat – we are more than that

We started hejhej-mats as we were disappointed by the current offer of yoga mats on the market. We did not find a mat, that could fulfill our sustainability expectations. So we started hejhej-mats and developed an eco-friendly yoga mat out of recycled materials which is also closed-loop. However, with one eco-friendly yoga mat, we can not call ourselves a sustainable start-up – but this is what we aim for! Sustainability is a fancy buzz word, but as some of you might already know, it is more…

A closed-loop yoga mat – it’s time for such a sustainable yoga mat

Seeking to achieve a sustainable planet that allows future generations to live a lifestyle similar to ours right now, we need to rethink waste as a resource. The current linear “take-make-dispose” approach is reaching the physical limits of the planet. A circular economy, with closed-loop products, such as a closed-loop yoga mat, can be one solution.

Sustainability – our inspiration and motivation

What actually motivates us to put all our time, money and heart into the development of a closed-loop yoga mat? We are driven by the vision of a sustainable future – but there are more factors that motivate us! We want to share our motivation with you in this blog post.