On April 22 all around the world people recognize one of the only holidays that cerebrates something truly meaningful to everyone in every country - Earth Day. Earth Day is a time to appreciate this beautiful planet we call home!
Earth Day is an outward expression of the connection that many of us feel to the Earth every day. We at Global Groove Life thought this was the perfect time to talk with our collaborators - A.K.A. you - about how we can co-create a thriving planet!
You may remember a couple of blog posts about our fair trade vision of a thrive-able world. Read the full posts here and here. Global Groove Life knows that a better world is possible… that humanity can transition beyond our unsustainable lifestyle and relationship with our planet. We believe that the global community can move beyond even sustainable living (which implies returning things back to the way they used to be) and step into a new paradigm of thrive-able living!
Another way of describing this thrive-able world is by using the word regenerative. Those of you who are familiar with permaculture design may also be very familiar with this word. “Regenerative” describes processes that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature. Regenerative systems are ones that are designed to restore and renew their own sources of materials and energy. GGL believes that people have the ability and intelligence to create new levels of synergy in our relationship with the Earth.
Global Groove Life has been doing its best to walk in balance with the Earth for the past 18 years. GGL is certified by the Fair Trade Federation (FTF), an organization that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Learn more about what fair trade means here. Under the FTF we are required to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. And we're happy to do so!
Environmental accountability and responsibility are major pillars of the fair trade world. Lately we've been sharing a lot of blog posts about the various products we craft and sell and we wanted to bring attention back to why we do what we do - to actively participate and be the change we wish to see in the world! We're excited to leave a better world to our children!
Fair Trade certified organizations pledge to offer current generations the ability to meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs - this important concept is native to many people of the planet but somehow seems to have gotten lost in translation to large corporations. Fair Trade producers must actively consider the implications of their decisions on the environment and promote the responsible stewardship of resources.
We’re all in this together! Writing the story of a thriving planet is much too big of a task for any one human being to take on alone. Only by coming together with a common vision, dedication, and openness to new ideas can we achieve our goal of a world that is not just being sustained at its current level but is actually being improved!
We’ve received so much inspiration through our travels and connections with folks from many different countries. You can see how some of the ideas and patterns introduced to us by people living in foreign places have blossomed into artistic creations that we’re able to share with others who may live in another region of the globe entirely.
This worldwide fair trade web is made possible by every person who participates in it from the materials growers, to the artisans, to the organizations, to the people buying the products. Each person is needed to create a working system.
In the same way that it takes a fair trade village to create a more just system of exchange it also takes the collective genius of a global community to build a thriving world. We need all hands on deck to steer us in the right direction. What are your ideas for a thriving Earth? Share in the comments!
Amara Evans is a collective consciousness raising writer, speaker, and sound healer who currently resides in the Sierra foothills of Northern California. She loves using her voice to inspire actualization of our full potential through sharing about nature, spirituality, and new paradigm community.
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As if the “Who am I “ question wasn’t enough, I sometimes, oftentimes am compelled to truly consider what Global Groove Life is. Over the years, I’ve examined our motives, especially when folks ask us questions about the GGL “brand”. I’ve never thought of us as a brand, I’ve always thought of us as a team. Our family, volunteers, artisans, loyal patrons; Team GGL.
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.
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!