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Practice what you preach: Open Letter to Lululemon

As yoga teachers and practitioners concerned with the health of the planet, climate and human communities, we ask lululemon to publicly commit to phase out coal and switch to 100% renewable energy for its supply chain by 2030.

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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Shyam Ranganathan, Yoga Philosophy

"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."

Tias Little, Prajna Yoga

"Every student of yoga, while sustaining their own somatic ecology, must work to help sustain the ecology of the precious planet we walk on. Burning coal to make hoodies and ‘Hotty Hot’ high-rise pants is unacceptable. This pulls yoga down into the fires of mindless greed and consumption. I am glad to support this much needed public presentation around the global crisis of coal and specifically the tact Lululemon has made to exploit this."