We have developed the whole production procedure of our hejhej-mats. It took us quite a while and for us, it was so important that even the tiniest aspect of it is as sustainable as possible. When we told some friends about one of our last production days, they were really curious to get all the details and suggested we should document the whole journey of a hejhej-mat. We took their advice and asked all of you on Instagram whether you want to know more details about the ethical production of our yoga mats. We were really happy that 99% voted for yes.
The last production was just a few days ago. The production day for us is always a quite long and exhausting day. We tried this time to really document everything, however, it’s not too easy since both of us are working on the machine the whole day. Still, we managed to take some behind the scenes pictures which we want to share with all of you.
The story of a hejhej-mat - an ethical production of yoga mats
It all starts with off-cuts from the foaming production. We are cooperating here with a company that produces different foaming products. All the off-cuts that are naturally occurring in the production get collected, recycled and processed into a new foam, which is the main material of our yoga mats.
Both of us are part of every single ethical production of our yoga mats
These recycled foam cuttings are the heart of our hejhej-mats, however, they are not a yoga mat yet and some further processes need to be done. The main ethical production of our yoga mats takes place in a machinery factory about 1,5 hours away from Nürnberg. We have been there for several days of testing and are now part of every single production. Both of us are there to work on the machines for the whole day. In this way, we can check the quality of our hejhej-mats all the time. About 5 people are working on the machine and the foam cuttings need to be inserted in the machine manually. The medical confirm surface as well as a thin textile get added in the machinery and make the mat durable and long-lasting, which is so important when developing a new and sustainable product. Every mat needs to get out of the machinery manually again. A yoga mat needs to be slip resistant and since both of us are practicing yoga ourselves and due to several testing with yoga teachers, we knew that slip resistance makes a high-quality yoga mat. That is why we are also refining the surface with a gentle structure.
The next steps of the ethical production of our yoga mats take place at a workplace for people with a handicap
When the mats arrived at the integrative workplace, we directly come to this place in order to do the quality checking. We have a look at every single mat and check them for different criteria in order to guarantee the highest quality. If one mat seems to not fulfill all standards, we can take them the next time with us to the production and correct it there. After checking the hejhejs, the people working at the integrative workplace start to sew the logos on top of the mat. Each mat gets sewed on top individually and afterwards, gets rolled up. In order to hold the mat together a nice and sustainable hejhej strap gets put around the mat. Logo, as well as the strap, are biodegradable and out of ecological cotton. Next step would be to fold the carton, which is out of 100% recycled paper and to put the hejhej together with a small product information card (again out of recycled paper) into the carton. We do not use any additional packaging and no plastic is involved. The last step would be to put two tiny pieces of tape in order to make the carton keep together. We really tried to create every aspect of our hejhej-mat as sustainable as possible. Which is why even this tiny tiny last step of the tape is out of recycled material. So when buying a hejhej-mat you can really be sure that your hejhej comes from a really ethical production of a yoga mat and is 100% sustainable in every tiny aspect of it.
The storing and the shipping of the mats are taking place at the workplace for people with a handicap. We ship our hejhej-mats every working day, which guarantees you a really fast delivery (if you are wondering about the delivery, we are using climate-neutral shipping with DHL).
What we want to show you with this article? 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. All the production steps are taking place maximum 1,5 hours away from our base in Nürnberg.