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Can Mala Bags be recycled?

The world of spirituality is filled with a never-ending pursuit to become one with the universe. However, this is a tough task. The good thing for us is that we have several spiritual aids to make our journey toward oneness easier. And among many such accessories Mala necklace , and wrist mala are among some of the best ones out there. But did you know that mala can be stored in Mala bags? They are bags made of different materials that spiritualists use to store mala. However, with the growing environmental concern, we want to dive a bit deeper into the world of mala bags. We want to ask an important question: “Can Mala bags be recycled?” 

But before we answer this question, it is important to know what Mala bags are, their function, and whether they can be recycled. 

Now, without any further ado, let’s get started! 

What is a Mala Bag?

red mala bag

Mala bags, also known as prayer bags, chanting bag, or japa mala bags are simply bags meant for keeping mala. They are small pouches made from different materials designed to keep your mala. The thing here is that it does not matter what your mala is. You can have a Japa Mala, wrist mala, or a mala necklace; you can keep them in the mala bag. That said, you should note that each mala should have its own separate mala bag. 

Mala bags are used in various religious and spiritual practices. They are especially prominent in Buddhism and Hinduism. This is because mala purses/bags are believed to prevent the spiritual energy of the mala from leaking out when not in use and prevent contamination with the outside energy. Mala bags also have the practical function of keeping the mala clean. 

Although this is the traditional use for mala bags, they are also used as fashion accessories in modern times. They are beautiful pouches, after all. So in modern times, they are also used for keeping lockets, pendants, and necklaces. If you want to learn more about the differences between these three accessories, we have covered them in an earlier blog. Feel free to check it out. 

From this, you should have a general idea of a mala bag/mala purse. Now let’s talk about some of the functions of the Mala bags. 

What is the function of Mala Bags?

As this accessory is essentially just a bag, its primary function is to store and carry the mala. It provides a protective and convenient way to carry mala for transportation. Along with this, it can also be used to store mala. But besides this, there are several other functions of mala bags. Some of the core functions of mala bags are as follows. 


One of its core functions is to protect the mala inside. This includes protection from dust, dirt, scratches, and impurities when not in use. Additionally, the protection also extends to spiritual impurities. 


It can be a bit troublesome to carry mala when not in use. Mala bags are designed to hold mala beads securely. This prevents the mala from tangling or getting misplaced. This allows the mala bags to be transported easily and gets them ready for prayers and other spiritual activities when necessary. 


blue mala bag

Mala bags are generally made from fabric, preventing prying eyes from seeing what’s inside the mala. Mala can hold spiritual power or sentimental significance. The bag is a constant barrier against evil eye energies and other negative visual stimulants like envy when inside the bag. 

Aesthetic appeal

This is one of the underestimated functions of mala bags. Mala bags are often designed with intricate embroidery and tassels. As such, they are highly aesthetically pleasing. This makes them highly appealing, especially if you intend to keep something sentimental inside the mala bag. Now the sentimental accessory can be anything ranging from fingering, a locket or a pendant. As long as the accessory is small, you can encase them in this appealing mala bag. 

These are just some of the core functions of a mala bag. Needless to say, you can use the mala bags in many more ways since it is essentially a small portable pocket pouch for your mala. 

Can mala bags be recycled?

Now that we know what a mala bag is and its core function let’s talk about the main question. Can mala bags be recycled? The honest answer to this is – it depends on the material. The Mala bag can be made from a wide range of materials. If the material is recyclable, then the mala bag would also be recyclable. Additionally, the mala bags’ recyclability will depend on the recycling plants near you. Following are some common mala bags based on the materials used and their recyclability. 

Silk Mala Bags

Silk is one of the most common materials used to make mala bags, which can easily be recycled. That said, although the material itself is recyclable, the overall infrastructure for recycling is limited. The good news here is that silk mala bags can be reused and repurposed. Regardless, Silk Mala Bags can be recycled. 

Cotton Mala Bags

cotton mala bag

Cotton is easily one of the most disposable materials used in mala bags. They are easily biodegradable. The recyclability of cotton is similar to that of Silk. The material itself is recyclable, but the infrastructures pose a problem. As such, similar to silk, cotton mala bags can be recycled, repurposed or simply composted. 

Velvet Mala Bags

Velvet fabric typically comprises silk, cotton, and synthetic fibers. The recyclability of velvet mala bags will vary depending on the velvet composition. If the fabric is primarily made from cotton and silk, then the recyclability of velvet would be low. However, its recyclability would be high if the fabric is primarily made from synthetic fibers. In other words if the fabric velvet has high synthetic fibers, they can be recycled.

Synthetic Fibers Mala Bags

Mala bags made from synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon have a high likelihood of recyclability. These synthetic fibers can be broken down and transformed into new materials for manufacturing. As such, if your synthetic mala bag is made from synthetic fibers, it can easily be recycled. 

Brocade Mala Bags

Brocade is made from a combination of natural or synthetic fibers with metallic fibers. The recyclability of brocade mala bags will vary depending on the amount of metal fibers used in the fabric. If the ratio of metal fabric is high, then the recyclability of brocade mala bags will be low and vice versa. 

In other words, the simple and honest answer to “Can mala bags be recycled?” is “It depends on the material of the mala bag.”


Mala bags are spiritual and fashion accessories designed to protect Mala from harm and make them easily portable. They can be made from a wide range of materials. But can mala bags be recycled? It depends on the material and its composition. If the mala bag is made from synthetic fiber, then it can easily be recycled. Similarly, if it is made from natural fibers, it is a bit hard to recycle, but it can be done. However, if the mala bag is made from brocade with high metal content, then it could be hard for the mala bag to be recycled. 

We hope you found this helpful. If you want more insights regarding mala and other spiritual accessories, do check out some of our other blogs. And as always, thank you for reading till the end.

FAQ on Mala Bags

Q: What are mala bags?

A: Mala bags are spiritual accessories designed to store, protect, and make a mala easy to transport. 

Q: What is the function of mala bags?

A: The primary function of mala bags is as follows.

  • Protect the mala from dirt, dust, and scratches
  • Make the Mala portable
  • Prevent others from seeing the content of mala bag
  • Add aesthetic appeal 

Q: What are the common materials used for mala bags?

A: Some common materials used for mala bags are as follows.

  • Cotton
  • Silk
  • Brocade
  • Synthetic Fibers
  • Velvet.  
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