Yoga Mats Get Twisted Up

Yoga mats! It’s probably never occurred to you that someone would look at their sweaty, stinky, worn-out yoga mat and think, “Now, there’s a source for lovely household items.” But it’s true! Below, the evidence.

These ideas come from irritating DIY site Brit + Co. Note that they seem to have used a brand-new yoga mat for the pix, rather than the sweaty, stinky, worn-out version. I wonder why?

Take a look at — or better yet, a whiff of — your own old mat and imagine transforming it into these DIYs.

A “gift envelope.” So festive, with that dead blue combined with the black. Also germy. But mostly festive!

yoga-mat-envelope

This chair cushion cover should not exist, but I’m more interested in the hand-dyed chevron rug below it. Is there a single Pinterest user in the galaxy who hasn’t made one of these and posted a picture of it? In a few years, hand-dyed chevron rugs are going to say “grandma” the way china figurines do today.

yoga-mat-chair-cushion

Glance at the Brit + Co site for 10 seconds and decide whether any one of the women who work there would ever carry this “clutch.”

yoga-mat-clutch

I don’t want this hair tie, but I think I want her hair.  yoga-mat-hair-tie

This next bunch of pix falls under the category of “Wait, you want to put that near FOOD? Are you out of your mind?!?” (Yes, this is a category. I think when you reflect a minute you’ll see that this category applies to a surprisingly wide array of circumstances in your own life.)

Just imagine me saying “Wait, you want to…?!?” etc., for each of these pix.

yoga-mat-cork yoga-mat-drawer-liner yoga-mat-jar-opener yoga-mat-koozie

P.S. You can also visit the Grab Bag post for a snap of some ugly yoga mat flip-flops.

P.P.S. Just because these ideas are dumb, that doesn’t mean there’s no way to assuage your mat angst. Lifehacker suggests using a mat as a nonslip rug pad — finally, a good idea! — and passes on 26 other tips of varying practicality from Health magazine. The folks at Jade Yoga Mats are repurposing old mats in a couple of different ways, and while the idea of giving them to prisoners seems dubious, or at least yucky (the mats, not the prisoners), it beats a koozie.

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