We work to be as intentioned as possible when we designed our space. Some of our choices include the following.
Cork Studio Floors
We chose cork floors for our studio for many reasons. From an environmental perspective, cork floors do not damage trees. Cork is a natural, sustainable product that is produced from tree bark. From a health perspective, cork is as a natural shock absorber (think Birkenstocks!) and it contains anti-microbes that prevent bacteria from entering the floor.
We use radiant heat panels to warm our hot studio to the desired temperature. Radiant panels warm objects, (i.e. yoga students) directly rather than the entire studio, reducing energy consumption up to forty percent.
Friendly Cleaning Products
The studio is cleaned exclusively with environmentally friendly products, which are hypo-allergenic and contain no perfumes, roleum-base solvents, which produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Once in the atmosphere, VOCs react with other chemicals to form ozone, a major pollutant. We use a VOC-free paint product that has virtually no odor or solvents, and it will not result in adverse affects on people or the quality of environment. Since we focus on breathing deeply at Kula, this choice was a must for optimal health.
Alkaline Water System and Compostable Bottled Water
Our change rooms are equipped with three-stage alkaline water filtration systems, reducing the need for bottled water. For those who do not have reusable bottles, we have found, Red Leaf, a bottled water company that uses compostable bottles for their water.
Saves gallons and gallons of water with each flush!
We use LED light bulbs wherever possible in our lighting at the studio (In the changerooms we have some florescent lighting). Besides being 80% efficient (in comparison to incandescent bulbs which are only 20% efficient), LED bulbs last up to 22 years each, do not contain toxic chemicals and are recyclable.