practice what you preach:
open letter to lululemon

We are yoga teachers and students from around the world.

We call on lululemon to live up to its values and stop using coal — for the planet and humanity.

2,831 yoga teachers and students signed representing 44 countries

Practice What You Preach: Open Letter to lululemon

 

To Glenn K. Murphy, Chairman of the Board, lululemon

Dear Mr. Murphy,

 

As yoga teachers, we ask lululemon to commit to phase out coal and source 100 percent renewable energy across its supply chain.

 

lululemon is one of the largest, fastest growing and most profitable fitness apparel brands in the world.

 

lululemon’s marketing claims its clothes are ‘designed by yogis’ and offers connection to a global community of mindfulness practitioners, sporting leaders and health and wellness professionals.

 

Yet almost half of the energy powering lululemon factories comes from burning coal.

 

lululemon’s reliance on coal as a source of energy is extremely harmful to people and the environment, particularly in countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh, where its products are made.

 

Fossil fuels like coal cause dangerous climate change and air pollution that is responsible for the deaths of millions of people around the world each year. Nearly one in five premature deaths globally are attributed to air pollution that’s caused by fossil fuels, according to a 2018 Harvard study.

 

lululemon’s current climate commitments fail to adequately address its pollution. In fact, its total GHG emissions are increasing due to the company’s rapid growth. In order for the company to meet the Paris agreement targets, lululemon has to take immediate action to phase out coal and other fossil fuels from its supply chain.

 

lululemon: Please commit to immediately phase out coal and source 100 percent renewable energy such as solar and wind for your factories and across your supply chain.

Update: Thank you for the amazing support! 2,831 yoga teachers and students from around the world have signed, coming together to drive change from lululemon.

 

View all signatures (pdf)

 

We will continuously update signatures in the document.

 

Yoga Teacher Signatories (partial list):

 

  1. Sierra Hollister, Living Yoga and Former lululemon Ambassador, United States
  2. Prasanna Djukanovic, Human.Kind Studios & lululemon Ambassador, Australia
  3. Jennifer Tan, Freelance yoga teacher & movement educator, Former lululemon Ambassador, Singapore
  4. Sandra Woo, Former lululemon Ambassador, Malaysia
  5. Rachel Nicks, MIRROR and lululemon Ambassador, United States
  6. Yogacharini Maitreyi, Arkaya Foundation, Canada
  7. Joanna Benn, Everybody Yoga, United Kingdom
  8. Galen Tromble, ClimateYogi.org, United States
  9. Kennae Miller, Transformation Yoga, United States
  10. Miles Borrero, Miles Yoga, United States
  11. Sinah Diepold, Kale&Cake, Germany
  12. Shiva Rea, Samudra, United States
  13. Tias Little, Prajna Yoga, United States
  14. Surya Little, PrajnaYoga, United States
  15. Cyndi Lee, United States
  16. Eddie Stern, Ashtanga Yoga New York, United States
  17. Frank Jesse, Senior Iyengar Teacher, Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat, Australia
  18. Amanda Hood, Senior Iyengar Teacher, Hamilton Yoga, Australia
  19. Simon Joannou, Senior Iyengar Teacher, Marickville Yoga, Australia
  20. Julie Hodges PhD, Senior Iyengar Teacher, Lismore Yoga School, Australia
  21. Pixie Lillas, Director, Balmain Iyengar Yoga School, Australia
  22. Arjun von Caemmerer, Senior Teacher, Hobart School of Iyengar Yoga, Australia
  23. Simon Marrocco, Founder and Director, St Kilda Iyengar Yoga School, Australia
  24. Ashlea Wilken, Manager, YogaWest, Australia
  25. Akhila Hughes, The Yoga Workshop, Australia
  26. Marjon Robati, Shiva Shakti Unite, Australia
  27. Bronwyn Rust, Senior Iyengar Teacher, Yogaville, Australia
  28. Sarah Ball, yoga teacher, art therapist, counsellor, and social worker, Australia
  29. Nikki Calonge, United States
  30. Aileen Epstein-Ignadiou, United States
  31. Ingela Abbott, Founder-Yoga Northwest United States
  32. Nancy Gilgoff, The House of Yoga and Zen, United States
  33. Annie Piper, United States
  34. Dass Padmani , Golden Bridge Yoga, United States
  35. Margi Young, Nest Yoga Center, United States
  36. Michael Cecconi, Running Yoga, United States
  37. David Miliotis, Samjiva Nilayam, United States
  38. Andrea Mullen, Tranquility, United States
  39. Joan White, Iyengar Yoga School of Philadelphia, United States
  40. Leslie Howard, Nest Yoga, United States
  41. Andrew Hillam, Jois Yoga, United States
  42. Jane DoCampo, Sarasota Scoliosis & Backcare, United States
  43. Sarah Wilner, Nest, United States
  44. Penny Dedel, Innerstellar, United States
  45. Dafna Sarnoff, Shala, United States
  46. David E Morreno, Yoga Alliance, United States
  47. Sarah Trelease, Sola School, United States
  48. Caron James, Margo Young Yoga, United States
  49. Linda Collery, Independent Yoga Teacher, United States
  50. Erika Trice, Yoga Works, United States
  51. Annie Carpenter, SmartFlow Yoga, United States
  52. Kim Stabbe, Blue Yoga & Wellness, United States
  53. Sharon Steffensen, Yoga Chicago Magazine, United States
  54. Josh Schrei, Tapta Marg Productions, United States
  55. Tina Rumenović, Tula yoga Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  56. Triton Tunis-Mitchell, Human.Kind, Australia
  57. Susannah Russell, Yogahaven, England
  58. Luciana Comas, Yogaspot Amsterdam, Nederlands
  59. Saija Merilaeinen, Self-employed, Finland
  60. Heidi Edwards, Australia
  61. Erika Hoopes, Bluebirds Amsterdam, Netherlands
  62. Jane Shufflebotham, Yoga Ananda, England
  63. Christina Madlani, Go holistic, Spain
  64. Ana Conneely, HOTPOD yoga, United Kingdom
  65. Zsa Zsarizat Othman, Earth Air Retreat, Malaysia
  66. Lauren Munday, Ashtanga, United Kingdom
  67. Vic Smith, Yogarise, United Kingdom
  68. Marion Bierling, Ashy, Germany
  69. Liliane Meier, littleyoga.ch, Switzerland
  70. Chris Keller, Yogatribe, Germany
  71. Julia George, FFHC, Australia
  72. Sarah Worby, Authentic Living, New Zealand
  73. Carolina Lee, Freelancer, Singapore
  74. Tia Stonier, Private, Australia
  75. Piper Montag, Kula, Australia
  76. Angelique Jordan, Frog Lotus Yoga, France
  77. Sebastian Warschow, Spirit yoga, Germany
  78. Kirsty Lillis, Yoga Lane Studios, New Zealand
  79. Cat Reynolds, Graceful Cat Yoga, Spain
  80. Lynn Yeo, Space & Light Yoga, Singapore
  81. Loretta Voivodich, Unfold Yoga + Wellbeing, Australia
  82. David Keens, YA + YAP UK, United Kingdom
  83. Adele Bauville, Vinyasa ashtanga, France
  84. Valerie Grüninger, Yogahaus Dubs, Switzerland
  85. Lea Kolbe, Lea Lea Mang, Germany
  86. Hannah Murray, Flo Yoga, England
  87. Tamsyn Heynes, Private teacher – Quietly Sitting, Australia
  88. Lauren Urquhart, OOTV, Australia
  89. Susan Drummond, Sivananda, Australia and India
  90. Yazmin Low, Triyoga, England
  91. Carson Wind, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  92. Andy Fermo, Invisible Injuries – veteran yoga project, Australia
  93. Patscharaporn Distakul, Patanjali Yoga Centre, Germany
  94. Hannah Rawlinson, Sun Power Yoga, United Kingdom
  95. Kylie Bailey, West Coast Yoga, New Zealand
  96. Alexa Posth, Soul Yoga, Germany
  97. Nadja Rippmann, Mutti Space Zürich, Switzerland
  98. Chatlotte Troa, All yoga, Norway
  99. Kathryn Caddick, 200 YTT with The Travelling Yogi, United Kingdom
  100. Reika Sroyphet, Solace Ground Yoga, Australia
  101. Mirella Scarborough, Shakti Body Yoga, England
  102. Anne Marie Riego, YOGA HIGH, Australia
  103. Lauren Appleton, Vela Yoga and wellness, New Zealand
  104. Marianne Schmidt, Soul Treats, Germany
  105. Laura Jofre, Saleta, Spain
  106. Lawino Maria Johnson, Lawino Må productions, Sweden
  107. Maria Josefina Barrio, Yoga therapy Ireland, Ireland
  108. Sasha Barbour, Prana Yoga, United Kingdom
  109. Mateusz Iwulski, HIGH ON YOGA Berlin, Germany
  110. Ines Coelho da Silva, STUDIO B Ballet Academy, United Kingdom
  111. Jude Hynes, Auckland Yoga Academy, New Zealand
  112. Kelly Mesut, Silver Linings Yoga, United Kingdom
  113. Ashley Faye, Faye studios, Netherlands
  114. Amy Hall, Human Kind, Australia
  115. Victoria Veiga, Glow Yoga Barcelona, Spain
  116. Chioni Demler, Chi Yoga, Australia
  117. Alitta Berson, Sadhana Studios, Australia
  118. Desiree Minnaar, Zen yoga, Netherlands
  119. Denise Thomas, Yoga Alliance, Ireland
  120. Claire Jenkins, Self-employed, Australia
  121. Amanda WRIGHT, awrightyoga.co.uk, United Kingdom
  122. Anna Varga, Yogaworx, Australia
  123. Katie McNeil, Various, United Kingdom
  124. Edda Pinelli, Yoga lab, Australia
  125. Brett Parris, Prana Yoga, United Kingdom
  126. Amelia Sagrabb, Urban OM, Australia
  127. Jess OBrien, Kaya, Australia
  128. Vicky Mosnier, Mala Yoga, Australia
  129. Melanie Longland, Australia
  130. Eve Gindein, Badyogisociety, Australia
  131. Charlie Taylor, The lodge space, United Kingdom
  132. Jenn King, Self, Australia
  133. Oriana M, Community shop/hfe, United Kingdom
  134. Jacq Iles, Unfold, Australia
  135. Nisha Liyanage, Eve studio, Australia
  136. Abhijeet Pandey, Jal yoga, Singapore
  137. Apeksha Patel, Yoga, England
  138. McQueen Amelia McQueen, Power Living, Australia
  139. Jas Cox, Be Suite Fitness, New Zealand
  140. Steffi Schleßmann, mytinyyogaspace, Germany
  141. Brendan Schulze, Human Kind, Australia
  142. Inarra Griffyn, Triyoga, United Kingdom
  143. Jamila Kluvers, Svaha yoga, Netherlands
  144. Barbara Simmler, Elternkindyoga, Germany
  145. Elizabeth Reumont, Self-employed, United Kingdom
  146. Dipen Patel, Independent, United Kingdom
  147. Ricarda Mag, Self employed, Germany
  148. Yoana Petrova, Yoga London, United Kingdom
  149. Jordan Ray, The Yoga People, England
  150. Fran Reed, BWY, United Kingdom
  151. Susannah Keebler, Motion Arts with Susannah Keebler, Australia
  152. Sarah Tatjana Ruga, ATHAYOGA Zollikon, Switzerland
  153. Karen Valderas, Sidhi yoga school, Australia
  154. Karin McCallum, Equal Yoga, Netherlands
  155. Rionach O’flynn, Ríonach Yoga, Ireland
  156. Rebekka Reitan, Sats, Norge
  157. Emma Slater Slater, Eve, Australia
  158. Niamh Kenny, THE Studio, Ireland
  159. Georgia Carter, Yab Yum Yoga, Australia
  160. Zahra El-Afanu, X, United Kingdom
  161. Prue Fea, Ashram Yoga, New Zealand
  162. Kate Luby, Self employed, United Kingdom
  163. Åsne Thorsen, Bare Flyt Yoga, Norway
  164. Nadin Brotschi, Yoga am Zurichberg, Switzerland
  165. Hayley Rose, Udara, Australia
  166. Heather Cook, Salty Lotus, Australia
  167. Laura Bloom, Here Yoga, Australia
  168. Bek Di Mauro, Self, Australia
  169. Bridget Coulthurst, Kala PILATES, Australia
  170. Bettina Hoareau, France
  171. Sarah Quick, My Health Yoga, Australia
  172. Aisling Conn, AISLING Conn Yoga/pilates, Ireland
  173. Madeleine Smith, Yoga spot, Australia
  174. Marah Santos, Patrick Broome Yoga, Germany
  175. Orla Ryan, Yttc, Ireland
  176. Lisa Marlowe, Tri Yoga, United Kingdom
  177. Andrea Saer, Private teacher, United Kingdom
  178. Marthe Magerøy, Ma Yoga, Norway
  179. Julie Havelund-Willett, AcroYoga Collective, United Kingdom
  180. Toni Carlstrom, Happy melon, Australia
  181. Namnita Kumar Kumar, Krishnamacarya, New Zealand
  182. Ida Liana, Ida Liana, Singapore
  183. Nurul Salimee, Recoveryasana/Union yoga ayurveda Singapore, Singapore
  184. Maike Egger, Every Damn Day Yoga, Germany
  185. Marla Ezer, Body control, United Kingdom
  186. Natalia Pavlovicova, Vinyasa, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  187. Maggie Mackie, Working Well, Australia
  188. Fiona Sexton, The Yoga Room, Ireland
  189. Jane Woolner, The Shala, United Kingdom
  190. Lois Beim, Loisbeimyoga, United Kingdom
  191. Kelley Oliver, Hot Yoga Wellington, New Zealand
  192. Katt Wright, Revive Yoga London, United Kingdom
  193. Susanne Pahnke, Yoga Susanne Pahnke, Germany
  194. Rumour Giles, Studi07, United Kingdom
  195. Pernille Bønkan, Puroyoga, Norway
  196. Laura Heeney, New Zealand, New Zealand
  197. Theng Tyng Goh, Core Collective, Singapore
  198. Alison McNicol, 3 Deep Breaths, Australia
  199. Pearl Cheung, Practise with Oearl, Australia
  200. Amy Mcdonald, Tri Yoga London, United Kingdom
  201. Preity Gupta, Yogahub, Ireland
  202. Ramona Bonvicini, Ikigai Healing – Ashtanga yoga, France
  203. Dorothea Mette, Inside Yoga, Germany
  204. Nancy Hanley, Hatha/Kundalini yoga various studios, Australia
  205. Sylvia Edge, Homeless bellydancing yogi, New Zealand
  206. Diane Cousineau, Body N soul, Australia
  207. Eugenia Károlyi, Yoga Alliance, United States
  208. Aysha Tupman, An Equal Breath, United Kingdom
  209. Bronwyn Griffith, Zero Point, Australia
  210. Ana Clara Montenegro, Freelancer, Germany
  211. Katie Leach, Triyoga, United Kingdom
  212. Andrina Tisi, AndrinaTisi, Switzerland
  213. Kalyn Potter, Yoga therapist, Ireland
  214. Mel Huegel, Yoga HH, Germany
  215. Xiomara Dost, La casa Shambala, France
  216. Harry Sheasby, Revive Yoga Studio, United Kingdom
  217. Giulia Galiberti, Yoga Alliance, United Kingdom
  218. Jo Ketley, Independent, England
  219. Louise Croxson, Trilouiseyoga, United Kingdom
  220. Chloe Upson, Revive, United Kingdom
  221. Indi Mountain, AYA, England
  222. Holly Brown, Hotpod yoga, United Kingdom
  223. Hannah Leonard, Hannah Pocket Yoga, United Kingdom
  224. Natasha Nel, HIGH Studios, The Netherlands
  225. Asli Kucukosmanoglu, Yagoy, Netherlands
  226. Veera Heimgartner, Sportcenter Ägeri, Switzerland
  227. Sandra Gerhard, Practice, Germany
  228. Constance Schulz, Personal Yoga Teacher, Germany
  229. Greer Taffard, School of Yoga, New Zealand
  230. Joanna Langier, Holding Space, Ireland
  231. Reni Bickel, Katonah Yoga, Switzerland
  232. Jane Pinfield, Ulpotha, United Kingdom
  233. Kristin Øksne, Arhanta, Norway
  234. Lavinia Muth, Lavinia Muth, Iyengar certified, Germany
  235. Lena Claro, Monkey Mind Yoga, Germany
  236. Emma Bray, HPY Life, United Kingdom
  237. Susie Murray, Sole Trader, Ireland
  238. Yihong He, Sweatbox Singapore, Singapore
  239. Lewanna Janine Newman, Vital Yoga, Australia
  240. Liz Mc Grath, Pilates Teacher, Ireland
  241. Friederike Roder, YinYogaParis, France
  242. Laura Biagioni, Körperklang Yoga & Ayurveda/Shivananda Centers, Germany
  243. Roos Kocken, @yogawithroos, The Netherlands
  244. Hannah Vincent, Freelance yoga teacher, United Kingdom
  245. Teresa Murphy Moore, Yoga Sacred Space, Ireland
  246. Aria Whyte, Abundance studio, city fitness, Sala, soulspite, club physical, New Zealand
  247. Amelia Theodorakis, Kula (Australia), Australia
  248. Victoria Kempter, RH Gym group, Germany
  249. Eliza Hilmer, Feel good flows, Australia
  250. Lucy Hockham, Yoga with Lulu, Australia
  251. Ashley McCue, Private, NL
  252. Dee Cullen, Yoga Dublin, Ireland
  253. Alison Kennedy, Eve Studio, Melbourne, Australia
  254. Jeffrey Frieders, Leela Yoga Gamlebyen, Norway
  255. Angela Gasparetto, Freelance, United Kingdom
  256. Dora Palfi, STC, Sweden
  257. Veronika Leigh, Private Yoga Teacher, Ireland
  258. Gill Costello, YOGAplus.ie, Ireland
  259. Nellie Helen Crowdey, Independent, United Kingdom
  260. Goldiss Nekouei, Goldiss Yoga, Switzerland
  261. Daniela Duarte, Studio 2222, Spain
  262. Kristin Ruebesamen, Three Boons (Former Jivamukti) Yoga Studio Berlin, Germany
  263. Margaret Y Young, Wild soul, Ireland
  264. Jinty Sheerin, Ashtanga Yoga Exmouth, United Kingdom
  265. Bessima Agha, Roots Yoga, Germany
  266. Gabriella Moran, Krama Yoga, Australia
  267. Conner Van Dijk, @youshineyoga, Germany
  268. Cecilia Ballan, Triyoga, United Kingdom
  269. Angela Brand, The Yoga Room, United Kingdom
  270. Sarah Smith, Flowsmiths Yoga, United Kingdom
  271. Dominique Culoma, Freelancer, France
  272. Friederike Franze, Machbares Yoga, Germany
  273. Veena Rabadia, David Lloyd, United Kingdom
  274. Sandra Cosic, Studio, Germany
  275. Luis Valentine, Love supreme projects, United Kingdom
  276. Emanuela Ricci, Jivamukti Yoga, Spain
  277. Roxanne Goh, 2Be.Yoga, Singapore
  278. Eduarda Rodriguez, Aeky, Spain
  279. Alexandra Raoufi, Equal yoga, Netherlands
  280. Kat Basquill, Substation, United Kingdom
  281. Ozlem Soydas, Yagoy, Netherlands
  282. Katrina Chew, Tirisula, Singapore
  283. Léa Moris, Newtown yoga studio, Australia
  284. Caroline Koppers, Private, Netherlands
  285. Urszula Stawik, Urszula Yoga Be, United Kingdom
  286. Georgina Watson, Azadi Retreat Owner, Indonesia
  287. Maressa Joseph, Core40, The Netherlands
  288. Emily O’Conno, All, Ireland
  289. Sonia Cuesta, freelance UK yoga alliance, United Kingdom
  290. Liz Moreton, Yoga Alliance, Ireland
  291. Bryony Morris, Yoga Alliance, United Kingdom
  292. Deanna Franco, British School of Yoga, United Kingdom
  293. Cherry Tsoi, Modo yoga, Canada
  294. Julla Rapp, Santosa Yoga, Germany
  295. Leah Casey, Astanga yoga, Australia
  296. Marina Macartney, Yoga alliance, New Zealand
  297. Marit Laache, Magata, Norway
  298. Sarah Michel, Vajrasati Yoga School, United Kingdom
  299. Lana Smith, Oshala Livity, United Kingdom
  300. Shandy Zhao, Yoga sojourn, Singapore
  301. Albee Barton, Green Monday Studios, Australia
  302. Tyniel Trivett, Tyniel Trivett Yoga, Australia
  303. Bradley Neate, Lions Breath Wellness, Australia
  304. Agnes Bolley Bolley, Yoga Alliance, Australia
  305. Lucinda Elliott, ONE Yoga, Thailand
  306. Melissa Norman, Pause Pilates and Yoga, Australia
  307. Aditi Ramdas, Yoga, United States
  308. Nina Heitmann, Nina Heitmann Yoga, Germany
  309. Amber Jagers, Holistic Empowerment, The Netherlands
  310. Caroline Tautz, Senior yoga teacher, United Kingdom
  311. Ann-Christin Görtz, Anusara/Yoga at Lobe Block, Germany
  312. Karlijn de Jong De Jong, Melt yoga Amsterdam, Netherlands
  313. Sofia Svensson, sus yoga, Sweden
  314. Annika Isterling, The Deep Connection, Germany
  315. Grace Hamilton, Lim studio, England
  316. Francesca Robinson, Triyoga, United Kingdom
  317. Julia Scott, Yoga Alliance US, United Kingdom
  318. Jimena Cuaron, Shambhala, Spain
  319. Alex Montano, Peaceful warriors, Germany
  320. Gigi Beasley, Wild Roots, United Kingdom
  321. Anna Cardeñes, Grow yoga, Spain
  322. Daniela Rivera, hot yoga Bikram, Norway
  323. Sara Benitez, Yoga with Sara, England
  324. Aylin Saavedra, Yoga Alliance, Germany
  325. Corinne Heffernan, Holixir, Australia
  326. Evelien Blom, Club Sportive, The Netherlands
  327. Loes Schrijvers, De nieuwe yoga school – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  328. Vilde Vegem, Vilde Vegem psychotherapist, Norway
  329. Rene Martin, Human.kind studios, Australia
  330. Jacqueline Olsen, Woke for myself, Australia
  331. Jemma Escreet, Kindred, New Zealand
  332. Alyssa Smith, Private Teacher, Australia
  333. Megan Peters, Surf Salutations, Australia
  334. Megan Reynolds, Yoganic, Australia
  335. Taryn Sher, Pilates, Australia
  336. Charlotte Partridge, Inspire YTT, New Zealand
  337. Kim Sippel, Lean Bean Fitness Pty Ltd, Australia
  338. Holly Clayson, Zanzi Yoga/Jua Spa and Yoga, United Kingdom
  339. Birgit Been, YouTube, The Netherlands
  340. Dhini Pararajasingham, Yoga Australia, Australia
  341. Olivia Jarvis, Uprising yoga, United Kingdom
  342. Juliane Lickteig, Pure you yoga, Germany
  343. P Ferreira, Priya Yoga, United Kingdom
  344. Wally Suero, Yoga Prolific, Schweiz
  345. Monika Mayer, Elements, Germany
  346. Elsa Hermal, Firekushi, France
  347. Phoebe Higgins, Hotpod yoga, United Kingdom
  348. Alice Summermatter, Holmes Place, Schweiz
  349. Rosie Patchett, Freelance, Netherlands
  350. Ash Power, Yab Yum Studio, Australia
  351. Italy Padilla, FORM Studio Owner, The Netherlands
  352. Carl Wells, Yaganini, New Zealand
  353. Saumik Bera, Real yoga, Singapore
  354. Johanna-mari Spjuth, VardanamYoga, Sweden
  355. Lucie Norris, Yoga Alliance, United Kingdom
  356. Sam Silversides, ATEM, France
  357. Alex Bispham, United Kingdom
  358. Marie Fiorucci, Michka yoga, Australia
  359. Maria Mcveigh, East and west yoga, Switzerland
  360. Native Kai, Online, United Kingdom
  361. Anna Munford, Stockholm, Sweden
  362. Krysten Egan, Mudra, United Kingdom
  363. Rebecca Gillies, Peace Through Yoga, Australia
  364. Beatrice Mbuaki, Bea Preeya Yoga, Netherlands
  365. Yves Bouvy, Iyengar Yoga, United Kingdom
  366. Charlotte Stubbs, Private, United Kingdom
  367. Stephanie Handjiiska, TripSpace, United Kingdom
  368. Daniel Liddiard, You can yoga, Netherlands
  369. Maria De lãs cuevas, Yoga alliance, United Kingdom
  370. Thomas Zielinski, Jivamukti, Germany
  371. Sol Savoretti, Myself, United Kingdom
  372. Nicola Ovens, BodyMindLife, Australia
  373. Candida van Rood, Earth Heart, Australia
  374. Paola Brunetti, YIN, United Kingdom
  375. Rosie Santos, Light practice, Australia
  376. Louise Powell, Sivananda, United Kingdom
  377. Theresa Brackmann, POP UP YOGA MUC, Germany
  378. Zoe Birdseye-Nash, Very Yoga Reigate, United Kingdom
  379. Marie Schuermann, The Circle Space, Netherlands
  380. Mark Meacock, Very yoga reigate, United Kingdom
  381. Enya De burca, Mybodi, Australia
  382. Mila Furie, The Space, France
  383. Marieke Bremer, Nieuwe yoga school, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  384. Colwyn Elder, Own, United Kingdom
  385. Beth Borowsky, The Karma Class, Australia
  386. Antonia Munoz, Krishna village Centre for yogic studies, RYS 200 yoga alliance, Australia
  387. Seth Rothery, New Zealand
  388. Annie Mcguire McGuire, Mannix college, Australia
  389. Namnita Kumar, Krishnamacarya, New Zealand
  390. Jennifer Crescenzo, Muse in Motion, Australia
  391. Rebecca Van Eck, Kjernekraft oslo, Norway
  392. Mia Bekkesveen, Vaajma yoga, Norway
  393. Amanda Wilson, Estar Wellbeing, United Kingdom
  394. Christine Nicolaidis, Gita Yoga, Australia
  395. Susan Douglass, Soul State, Australia
  396. Dee Juskov, Place of Inner Peace, Australia
  397. Ms. kerrie Van lambaart, Humming puppy, Australia
  398. Christine Langdon, Independent, New Zealand
  399. Romney Hamilton, Krama yoga, Australia
  400. Sarah Schwarz, Mindfullife, Germany
  401. Gabrielle Van Heesch, Private, South Africa
  402. Emily Mathieson, Triyoga and others, United Kingdom
  403. Danielle Cochrane, HotpodYoga, United Kingdom
  404. Rowena Ramsell, Move Strong London, United Kingdom
  405. Ciara Waterfield, FLY Yoga Teacher, United Kingdom
  406. Adéa K Love, Nuffield Health, United Kingdom
  407. Jana Seidel, Mindfullife, Germany
  408. Sian Cohen, Independent, Ireland
  409. Julie KELLERS, A Fine Balance, United Kingdom
  410. Esther Beierl, Prana yoga oxford, United Kingdom
  411. Alda Halleran, Chair for seniors in long term care, Canada
  412. Alexa Dominique, Alexa/Yoga, Canada
  413. Andrée Lafontaine, Independent, Canada
  414. Barbara DeMott, Independent, Canada
  415. Bryony Ollier, Independent, Canada
  416. Carol Sant, Retired City of Toronto, Canada
  417. Cassandra Savoy, Betula Yoga, Canada
  418. Charla Gaudet, heart and bones, Canada
  419. Charmaine Carpenter, Kundalini/ Hatha private instructor, Canada
  420. Chelsea Vetter, Gratitude Hit yoga salmon arm, Canada
  421. Donna Sullivan, Integral Yoga, Canada
  422. Emerson Wolfe, Independent, Canada
  423. Evelyne Delatri, Serene Yoga, Canada
  424. Evy Buzan, Oxygen yoga & fitness, Canada
  425. Heather Rumancik, acro yoga, Canada
  426. Janice Clarfield, urbanyoga.ca, Canada
  427. Jennifer Chester, Independent, Canada
  428. Jesi Carson, Karma Teachers, Canada
  429. Joan DeVerteuil, Independent, Canada
  430. Jolene McGill, Independent, Canada
  431. Julia Crouch, DYWM teacher, Canada
  432. Karen Russell, Semperviva, Canada
  433. Karina Clark, Independent, Canada
  434. Kathryn Payne, Iyengar Association of Canada, Canada
  435. Kathy Giles, Independent, Canada
  436. Kerri Kelly, CTZNWELL, United States
  437. Kiana Woods, Arkaya Awareness Centre, Germany
  438. Kristina Jovanovic, Vatra Wellness, Canada
  439. Ladan Bastard, Karma, Canada
  440. Laura Smallman, Independent, Canada
  441. Linda Weir, Laughing Goat Yoga Studio, Canada
  442. Lynda McGarr, Lost and Found, Canada
  443. Mark Pyoga, FluidUs @Cals Tao, Canada
  444. Melody Gaboury, The yoga room, Canada
  445. Michelle Johnson, Skill in Action, United States
  446. Nadine McNeil, www.universalempress.com, Jamaica
  447. Norma Dvorsky, Independent, Canada
  448. Paola Garcia, Sundragon, Canada
  449. Richelle Muscroft, IAYT, Canada
  450. Ruth Koskenoja, Community karma classes, Canada
  451. Shyam Ranganathan, Yoga Philosophy (yogaphilosophy.com), Canada
  452. Sina Shalbaf, Dharma Temple, Canada
  453. Slava Goloubov, Independent, Canada
  454. Snatam Khalsa, Kirtan and Kundalini, United States
  455. Stacy Taylor, Independent, Canada
  456. SuryaAdi Higham, kundalini yoga online based, Canada
  457. Susan Scherbak, Spirited Heart Creation, Canada
  458. Suzanne Stadnick, Independent, Canada
  459. Tanya Mahar, Independent, Canada
  460. Tim Chatterton, Independent, United Kingdom
  461. Eva Thomasz, Tula yoga Amsterdam, Netherlands
  462. Dianne Styling, Bhav, Australia
  463. Petra Psenner, Athleticstube, Germany
  464. Sonja Müller, Innengold, Spain
  465. Joshua Jenkins, The dock studio Adelaide, Australia
  466. RoseMarie Andersson, Yoganondo.se and Lila Loutus, Sweden
  467. M P, Essentials, Australia
  468. Laura May, Connected Pregnancy, Australia
  469. Lucie Cester, The well Bondi, Australia
  470. Tiffany Lacey, Healing Life Centre, Australia
  471. Isabelle Sleurink, Yoga Ruka, Australia
  472. Jean Mahoney, Awen Yoga, Australia
  473. Lily Silverton, Soho house, United Kingdom
  474. Norden Lena Norden, Köpenick, Germany
  475. Mathew Bergan, Dancing Warrior Yoga, Australi
  476. Cathryn Hillis, Kindred movement, Australia
  477. Jacqui Taranto, Byron Bay yoga, Australia
  478. Melani Ladygo, Bootoga, United States
  479. Jools Andres, Independent, Canada
  480. Christina Huber, Yoga for Dancers, United States
  481. Gaile Jurewicz, Fédération francophone de yoga, Canada
  482. Sarah Hathaway, Ashtanga Yoga, United States
  483. Annie Coviello, Corepower Charlestown , United States
  484. Ana Brideau, Harmonia Yoga, Canada
  485. India Borba Benedetto, Pier to Point Wellness , United States
  486. Julie Norman, Julie Norman Yoga, United States
  487. Joan Murtagh, YMCA , United States
  488. Sheila Rubin, Natyananda , United States
  489. Martin O’Donnell, Universal School of Yoga , United States
  490. Rhys Atkinson, Kripalu, United States
  491. Nico Luce, LUCE YOGA, Switzerland
  492. Tamu Miles, Mumma Magma Yoga , Canada
  493. Edy De Pretto, Yoga Coeur, Canada
  494. Aniela Eva, Movatii, Canada
  495. Jamie Babcock, Raven Yoga, Canada
  496. Lisa Pepper, GoodLife, Canada
  497. Emma Rose, Independent, Canada
  498. Orsi Foldesi, Willow Point Yoga , Canada
  499. Rami Schandall, Mosaic Yoga Studio, Canada
  500. Chere Schwindt, Chair Yoga, Canada
  501. Linda Moncur, Independent, Canada
  502. Suzanne Bouchard, Yoga Fitko, Canada
  503. Hala Khouri, Off the Mat, Into the World, United States
  504. Laura E Fowler Massie, yogachelsea.ca, Canada
  505. Suzanne Sterling, Independent, United States
  506. Peter van der Kroon, Bhakti/Meta1111, Canada
  507. Terri Space, 305 Yoga , United States
  508. Jody Day, Independent, Canada
  509. Angel Caliendo, Independent, Canada
  510. Joylyn Secunda, UBC Yoga Club, Canada
  511. SuryaAdi Higham, Independent, Canada
  512. Beth Martin, Box it out studio, Australia
  513. Bella Conyngham, Basecamp Power Yoga, New Zealand
  514. Safira Redzuan, Yoga Alliance, Singapore
  515. Sonniya S, Yi, Singapore
  516. Matilda Meenakshi Wiborn, yogaShakti, Sweden
  517. Meral Vidal, Self employed Yoga Teacher, Germany
  518. Vanessa Wells, Comet Yoga, Canada
  519. Susanne Dietrich, Sannkalpa Yoga, Germany
  520. Erika Tourell, TRIYOGA, United Kingdom
  521. Laura Jolanda Mucha, Berlin, Deutschland
  522. Emma Butler Butler, Power living 200hr, Australia
  523. Rosina Geiger, Jivamukti, Germany

Jennifer tan,
Freelance yoga teacher

Former lululemon Ambassador

singapore

“As a former lululemon ambassador whose individual voice was not always heard, I feel a collective calling is necessary in order to facilitate meaningful change. lululemon has the power and resources to make significant shifts in how it operates – not only from a climate crisis perspective, but from an intersectional stance, too. It is encouraging to see so many names on the petition, and I encourage others to join this invitation, for those in power to have their values and actions align with one another.”

Dr. Shyam Ranganathan, Professor, York University

founder, Yoga Philosophy
Canada

“Before yoga was a commodity that Lululemon could profit off, it was, in ancient times, the original philosophy of decolonization, which aimed at interrupting systemic harm to make room for independent persons. If Lululemon wants to make money off of yoga, it ought to embody the practice of yoga, and do its part to disrupt climate change by, for starters, divesting from coal.”

Hala Khouri Co-Founder,
Off The Mat

“Climate change threatens our future and we all have to do our part to reduce emissions, including lululemon.”

Joanna Benn,
Every Body yoga

United Kingdom

“We need to halve global emissions in the next 8 years if we are to have a liveable Earth. We must, as yoga practitioners, lead through ahimsa, non-harming and make every effort along the supply chain and in all our actions to do the right, if sometimes, more challenging thing. Coal is not clean. It’s time to go 100% renewable.”

Galen Thromble,
Climate Yogi

United States

“To end the climate crisis, everything matters, even how our clothes are made. I urge lululemon to bring its supply chain’s climate impacts in line with its environmental and social values by committing to quit coal and transition to 100% renewable by 2030.”

Sierra Hollister,
Living Yoga

Former lululemon ambassador

United States

“lululemon is uniquely positioned to make good on their core value ‘taking personal responsibility’ and also move industry standards by committing to quit coal and utilize renewable energy in their manufacturing plants. With the climate crisis threatening every aspect of life on earth, it is more important than ever for each of us to do everything in our power to turn the wheel and step away from business as usual – which is literally killing us.” 

Yogacharini Maitreyi,
Arkaya Foundation

canada

“I signed the letter to lululemon because the pollution from the production of lululemon’s apparel is a threat both to human health and climate change. Lululemon’s failure to address the health and climate impacts of its supply chain is out of alignment with the company’s values and brand promise. I invite the yoga community to join me in signing the letter asking lululemon to quit coal and go renewable by 2030.”

 

Kennae Miller, Transformation Yoga

United States

“As yogis we know that the outward manifestation of what happens to the Earth is a reflection of what is happening within. We have a responsibility to buy clothing and equipment from reputable and regenerative brands and call into question and hold accountable brands that continue to succeed because of our funding by challenging them to do their part in climate change. We borrow this planet from our children and if we are determined to leave a planet for them to inherit, it is imperative that we do our part and stop the use of coal, which contributes to the decline of our climate.”

Miles Borrero, Miles Yoga

United States

“One of the lead tenants of yoga is ahimsa, the practice of ‘doing the least amount of harm’. Lululemon makes a living through its connection to yoga. As an avid advocate for our planet, I have signed along with many other yoga teachers, for lululemon to move from its coal dependency toward renewable energy by 2030. We must be the changemakers, and we can’t stop the effects of climate change without commitment from these big corporations. Sign the petition if you’d like to join me.”

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Frequently Asked Questions

lululemon has built its brand and loyal customer-base off the back of yoga. The company claims to be a ‘mindful movement’ and has leveraged the yoga community in its marketing campaigns by engaging instructors as brand ambassadors and offering free yoga classes around the world.

Yet lululemon makes its yoga products using fossil fuels that cause global warming and damage the health of local communities.  Remarkably, almost half of the energy powering lululemon factories still comes from burning coal, the largest driver of the climate crisis.

The Open Letter from yoga instructors and students around the world demonstrates to lululemon that its customers know about the brand’s harmful climate footprint and are demanding that lululemon does better.

Specifically, the Open Letter calls on lululemon to commit to phasing out coal and other fossil fuels and sourcing 100 percent renewable energy across its supply chain, in line with the Paris climate agreement and the goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees.

Hundreds of yoga instructors from around the world have signed the Open Letter addressed to lululemon, calling on the brand to phase out coal and other fossil fuels and source 100 percent renewable energy across its supply chain.

A significant number of the yoga teacher and student signatories come from those countries where lululemon does the most business; the USA, Australia, the UK, Germany and France, among others.

Two climate change campaigning organisations are coordinating the Open Letter from yoga instructors; Action Speaks Louder and Stand Earth. 

Action Speaks Louder is a global community taking action to hold companies accountable for their climate change promises, and their campaigners are also part of the yoga community. Stand Earth challenges corporations and governments to treat people and the environment with respect, because our lives depend on it.

Fashion brands like lululemon are able to make huge profits by offshoring their production to lower income countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh where labor and materials are cheap. This also means offshoring their greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact.

Yet there is a pathway for companies like lululemon to use more clean energy and clean up the electricity grids it’s hooked into. 

For powering its supply chain, lululemon can work with its factories to set up renewable electricity projects either on-site at the factory that deliver electricity directly to the manufacturer, or off-site and feed into the electricity grid. 

In countries where investment and infrastructure are still needed, lululemon can work with governments and utility companies to support the development of on-and-off-site renewables.  Corporate demand for renewable electricity is now one the largest drivers of new renewable electricity generation in many markets. Fashion companies like lululemon play an important role in the economies of lower income countries and have a big opportunity to positively influence the transition to renewable electricity on a large scale.

Another big use of fossil fuels in lululemon’s supply chain comes from burning coal to boil huge tanks of water for dyeing and finishing fabric – one of the most emissions-intensive stages of the fashion supply chain.

There are solutions here as well. lululemon can follow the lead of its competitors like Adidas and PUMA to replace coal-fired boilers, or Asics to eliminate on-site coal burning at many of its facilities, or Nike to replace thermal fossil fuel boiler systems with electrified boilers as well as switch to dry processing that removes the need for boiling water with coal. 

lululemon has the power, profits and prominence needed to transform its own supply chain away from fossil fuels, positively influence the wider fashion industry and help drive the clean energy transition in producer countries.

Lululemon claims to have an emissions reduction target of 60% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. But if you look at the fine print, you’ll see a major loophole.

The company has adopted an ‘intensity-based’ target for its supply chain. That means it’s only committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions per unit of production. It is becoming more ‘pollution efficient’, so that when it expands to sell more products, its overall fossil fuel use will still increase.

Compare this to other activewear brands, like Asic and Mammut, who have made commitments to reduce their total greenhouse gas emissions, and Lululemon starts to look dirty and unhealthy.

More than 60% of lululemon’s products are made of synthetic materials like nylon and polyester, which are derived from fossil fuels like oil and gas and produced using greenhouse-gas emitting processes, and ultimately contribute to waste and pollution including microplastics. 

So when we write “lululemon has to take immediate action to phase out coal and other fossil fuels from its supply chain” it’s both about renewable energy and reducing the total emissions from its materials use. 

While lululemon has announced targets to source 75% ‘sustainable materials’, this target is vague and misleading. A big problem is the company’s plan to use recycled polyester made from plastic bottles. This is an ‘open-loop’ recycling system, meaning once the bottles become leggings, they aren’t recycled again and the leggings most likely end up as waste. These plastic bottles could otherwise have been recycled into plastic bottles over and over again in an ‘closed-loop’ system. So using plastic bottles to make polyester clothes is not really a ‘sustainable’ solution.

What lululemon should be doing is recycling the textile waste generated by its own products into new products, in a closed-loop system, as well as developing truly sustainable business models that don’t depend on overproduction and consumption and the emissions and waste that this causes.

Not only are lululemon’s current climate commitments not good enough, but the company is not even on track to meet these weak commitments, with total emissions actually increasing in 2021.

lululemon’s 2021 Impact Report shows the company is polluting more greenhouse gas emissions than before.

In the last year between 2020 and 2021, lululemon increased its total emissions by 55%, taking its total from 414,565 tons of CO2 equivalent, to 643,478 tons.

Worse, total emissions in 2021 increased by almost 100% – or 317,364 tons – since 2018, the ‘baseline’ year against which lululemon sets its climate targets.

This big increase means lululemon is way off-track to meet its already weak ‘intensity-based’ emissions reduction target of 60% per $ of revenue by 2030. The last year saw lululemon actually increase emissions per $ of revenue by 9% since 2020, and by 4% compared to the 2018 benchmark. 

While lululemon has a target to achieve 100% renewable electricity in ‘owned and operated’ facilities, it’s doing so with energy certificates and just one power purchase agreement, which is a weak solution and does not amount to real change in the company’s operations.

These ‘owned and operated’ facilities also represent just 0.03% of the company’s total emissions. The other 99.7% is taking place along the supply chain, where the fabric is made and the products are assembled. This is where lululemon’s emissions actually come from, and why we are calling on the company to commit to phasing out coal and sourcing 100% renewable energy across its supply chain.

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