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OUR SUSTAINABLE DIFFERENCE

Set Intentions is a sustainable, mobile, yoga community based on the first of the foundational yogic principles called Yamas is ahimsa (ah-HIM-sah) which means non-harming towards all living beings. We believe we have a responsibility to treat Mother Earth and her creatures well and we’re on a mission to spread awareness about living a low impact and mindful lifestyle.

What does that mean? Not only are we bringing yoga and mindful movement practices to you but when you work with us, you can trust that all of the yoga practice supplies we provide you to participate and any products, and partnerships we have are Earth and animal friendly, and ethically made.

We limit (plastic) waste. 9.1 BILLION tons of plastic has been created since plastic was introduced in the 1950s and nearly every piece of it still exists and will for hundreds of years.

Most standard yoga mats are made of PVC, one of the most commonly used thermoplastic polymers in the world, also known as vinyl. Our Earth-friendly mats made with a natural fabric called jute and are completely non-toxic and phthalates free. There is no latex, lead, or heavy metals, instead utilizing sustainable materials standing up to the pollutants and devastating impacts on people and the planet that irresponsibly-made mats, props and many yoga apparel have.

Additionally, our blankets are made from recycled fibers, our bolsters and straps are cotton, and our pop up set up is upcycled. We’re also constantly looking for ways to limit waste and we’re an open book.

Everything is plant-based. Why?

For the Land & Air: According to the United Nations, the meat, egg, and dairy industries account for a massive 65 percent of worldwide nitrous-oxide emissions. And the forests which absorb greenhouse gases are continually being cut down to supply pastureland and grow crops for these farmed animals.

And according to the Environmental Working Group, the production, processing and distribution of meat utilizes chemical fertilizers and pesticides which contaminate soil, water, turf, and neighboring vegetation. These contribute to toxic exposure and deaths of weeds, insects, birds, fish, and plants, and release greenhouse gases, manure and a range of toxic waste into our air and soil.   

For the water: It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef vs producing 1 pound of tofu which takes 244 gallons of water to produce. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says animals that are raised for food in the United States produce about 500 million tons of animal manure each year. And they don’t have animal sewage processing plants, so it is stored in waste lagoons, gets sprayed over fields and the runoff, often contaminated from livestock grazing and factory farms and is one of the leading causes of pollution in our waterways. And not only do billions of animals produce gas while they digest their food, it’s also emitted from the acres of those lagoons.

For social justice: 70% of  grain in the U.S. is fed to farmed animals rather than to people, meaning the world’s cows alone “consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people—more than the entire human population on Earth.” In the U.S. alone, 36% of corn crops being used to feed livestock, 75% of global soybean crops being fed to livestock. It’s estimated that 70% of freshwater withdrawals are for animal agriculture.

Factory farms also often exploit farm workers for large profits. These workers are exposed to a variety of harmful gases and particulate matter over prolonged periods and face a number of health problems affected the lungs and bloodstream as well as injuries. Many of these are migrant workers and people of color and employers find undocumented workers to be ideal employees since they are less likely to report poor working conditions and low wages many workers are unaware of what health problems and financial burdens to come down the road.

For the animals: Let’s face it. They were here before us. They are not here to be our property or entertainment. They are not here to endure suffering inflicted by humans. We believe they animals are sentient beings like us who experience emotion and physical pain.

We partner strategically with brands on the same mission to put the planet first because we only have one! We also compost and recycle, and make these receptacles available on site for you at our events, and for the carbon footprint we do output, we donate a portion of our annual earnings to organizations who are working to save the planet.

We wish to inspire others to live mindfully, considering their impacts on the environment, in addition to their own bodies' needs. We believe in ahimsa.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT US AND OUR WHY, DROP US A LINE.

Sources:

https://www.earthday.org/2018/03/07/fact-sheet-end-plastic-pollution/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/21/human-race-just-001-of-all-life-but-has-destroyed-over-80-of-wild-mammals-study

https://www.sas.org.uk/our-work/plastic-pollution/plastic-pollution-facts-figures/

https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/reasons-go-vegan/

https://www.epa.gov/pm-pollution/particulate-matter-pm-basics#effects

http://www.foodispower.org/factory-farm-workers/

https://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/facts