Going, Going, Green: Sustainability Tips from GGL to You

April 18, 2019

Going, Going, Green: Sustainability Tips from GGL to You

We know that being on the greener side of things can often feel overwhelming. However, living an environmentally friendly life doesn't have to mean taking on the weight of the world. With these sustainability tips, you'll see that going green is much more attainable and convenient than you may have thought.

 

Sustainability Tip #1: Make More Thoughtful Purchases

In a world where consumerism is vast and fast, investing thoughtfully is a radical idea. Rather than buying cheap products produced at a rapid rate by anonymous individuals, you can choose to invest in products whose origin and route to your life are totally transparent. Not only will you buy less (which puts less stress on the planet), you'll be the proud owner of more sustainable goods.

Buying certified fair trade goods is one surefire way to make certain your purchases are as thoughtful as can be. An item is only marked fair trade if it adheres to a set of ever-evolving standards. These standards are put in place to make sure that both workers and the world in which they live never get the short stick.

As a side effect of making more thoughtful purchases, you may find that you're living a more minimalist lifestyle. Rather than piling up your belongings, you'll be able to truly know and appreciate all that you posses. Whether it be a yoga ball cover, a sweater or even a piece of furniture, spending mindfully will heighten the connection between you and all you own.



Sustainability Tip #2: Use What You Have

From food to clothing, using up what you already have before investing in something else is a game changer for the planet.

Using the food you have - How much produce are you really going to eat in the next few days? And what food do you already have in your fridge that may go bad if you don't consume it? By being mindful of the perishable items you already have in stock, you can reduce your food waste by a lot. Since food waste contributes to about a quarter of the content in our landfills, which take up land space as well as produce harmful pollution, this makes more of a difference than you may realize.

Using the goods you have - Buying fast fashion and other non-sustainably produced products only uses up precious resources and puts stress on an already burdened planet. What do you already have in your closet or in your bureau, and what do you really need? One way to achieve a well-stocked repertoire of goods is by buying quality, fair trade products in the first place. They satiate your need for consumerism while also offering a long-lasting, sustainable addition to your collection.

 


Sustainability Tip #3: Swap Out the Disposables

By now, we're sure you've heard about cutting the straws and plastic bags. But that doesn't mean you have to do without the conveniences these products provide. By investing in reusable products that you can use in your daily life, you'll minimize waste while simultaneously making your days that much easier to maneuver.

So, what are some everyday disposable items that you can swap out for reusable ones?

  • Swap out plastic bags for reusable tote bags
  • Swap out paper napkins for reusable cloth napkins
  • Swap out plastic utensils for metal cutlery
  • Swap out plastic straws for metal or silicone straws
  • Swap out paper coffee cups for reusable travel mugs

While not exhaustive, this list of reusable items that can take the place of disposable ones will give you a solid start for your journey toward sustainability.

 


Sustainability Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

Don't feel overburdened by the concept of sustainability. After all, burnout never helped anybody achieve anything. Instead, take these sustainability tips to heart, and always remember to take it one day at a time. Before you know it, you'll be living a mindful, low-waste life that takes everything—from people to the planet—into consideration.      








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Ball Covers FAQs

Before you Order your Yoga Ball Cover:
How can I measure my ball?

We urge you to double and triple check the size of your ball before you order! Do NOT trust the ball package.  Measure it, please. It is quite common for folks to not inflate their ball to the specified size and since we often design in small-batches, we don’t want you to miss out on your favorite design due to a time lapse postal delay due to mismeasurements!

45cm, 55cm, 65cm or 75cm is the height of the ball when correctly inflated but this is quite difficult to measure. A more accurate measurement is the circumference;

45cm ball (height); circumference = 56 inches (142.2 cm)

55cm ball (height); circumference = 68 inches (172.7 cm)

65cm ball (height); circumference = 80 inches (203.2 cm)

75cm ball (height); circumference = 92 inches (233.6 cm)

This is the size the ball needs to be for our cover to fit correctly. All of our covers are checked to fit balls of the specifications above.

PLEASE NOTE: Our 55cm ball covers will fit the 52cm balls sold with the classic ball chair. 

After you Receiver your Yoga Ball Cover:
How can I get the best fit?

We now include instructions and a length of cord to make measuring your ball easier. Our covers are tailor-made to fit your ball snugly leaving no loose fabric.

Use the pre-cut string provided with your ball cover.  The string should wrap around the circumference (the middle of the ball) snugly without any extra length for a correct fit.

To double check you have purchased the right size:

Our strings are cut to 68” for a 55cm ball, 80” for a 65cm ball and 92” for a 75cm ball.

PLEASE NOTE: Our 55cm ball covers will fit the 52cm balls sold with some ball chairs. 

Now place the full circular piece of fabric at the top of your ball. This is the end WITHOUT the plug.

Wrap the cover around the ball gathering loose fabric towards the zip and then start closing the zip while continuing to smooth out loose folds of fabric towards the zip. When you get close to closing the zip completely, you may have some room to inflate your ball a little more for the most snug fit possible.­­

 

 

What are our covers made of?

All of our covers are 100% cotton and include a heavy weight YKK zip which wraps around 3/4 of the ball. This makes a close fit over a fully inflated ball possible.

Most of our covers are now made with non-stretch cotton but our cover pattern does allow for some give in the fabric. Our stretch cotton covers provide a little more flexibilty for inflation of your ball.

Who makes our covers?

Our covers are made by a co-op that we set up in Chom Thong, northern Thailand. Each ball cover includes a personal producer tag, giving you a short introduction to the face and personality behind the sewing machine : ).

Get to know our producers in our bios section.

Testimonials....

 

Returns

We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.

Please view our simple return policy for instructions

Custom Order Requests

Thanks for your interest in our ball covers. We don't do any custom orders for retail purchases but we do like requests and we take all requests into consideration when planning our future orders.

Are you ready to make a selection now? Choose from our collection here!