Eco Friendly Yoga Mats
Have you decided to go for a yoga mat instead of pulling off those asanas on the solid floor; but at the same time, you feel like applying the principle of ahimsa or non-violence outside the yoga studio? Well, congratulations for your dedicated and conscious yoga practice! It is time to discard all the PVC, lead, furans, Phthalates, cadmium, and dioxin that usually come with the regular yoga mats and start checking out other options that are in line (or in some cases seem to be in line) with you values and yoga practice.
Mixing cork and recycled rubber for most of their mats, as well as affirming that their production does not harm trees by using 100% recyclable materials; this brand is coming up with unique and cool yoga mats that are hard to beat.
Bringing you a mat straight out of India, this brand offers great natural hand-woven cotton yoga mats in a range of different colors that promise to last you at least 15 years. The most interesting peculiarity about this manufacturer however, is the fact that the entire production process is completed by hand; not having to rely on electricity and consequently fossil fuels when making it.
The one-half surfer and other half yoga practitioner behind this brand grabbed neoprene wetsuits and turned them into nothing less than quality yoga mats. Now offering two different yoga mats, this brand continues to set an example of corporate sustainability and social responsibility.
This family owned brand was one of the first ones in the U.S. to come up with a solution for the slippery yoga mats. Ever since the year of 2000 they have focused on manufacturing PVC free natural rubber mats for the different kinds of yogis; offering from lightweight products all the way up to extra wide and extra thick ones.
With a variety of natural rubber, jute fiber, and hybrid eco mats this brand is suitable for those who wish to compare different yoga mats without having to visit more than a single store.
One of the mats that have been receiving a lot of attention are those of Manduka. Mats manufactured by this brand are not made of natural materials, but of a relatively new synthetic component called PLUSfoam®, which is 100% recyclable. Although it seems to present an attractive alternative, it is important to take into account that the presence of phthalates, lead, or similar toxic substances is not mentioned or denied by the brand or PLUSfoam supplier; which in the end seems to be quite unreliable.
Similar to the yoga mats just mentioned above, the 100% Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) with which this brand’s mats are made raises a lot of doubts and questions regarding its environmental responsibility. Despite the fact that this brand loudly affirms the eco-friendliness of its yoga mat, it simply does not manage to convince at first or second glance.