Yogis are earth-friendly gurus who pride their egos when using sustainable gear and eating organic food. And they should be proud as eco-friendly mats do not contain harsh chemicals but rather incorporate recycled elements. Manufacturers are producing yoga mats with an increase in natural materials including rubber, dried grass, organic cotton and cork. The once used harsh chemical plastic, PVC, is no longer used, which is helpful for yogis to reach Samadhi without chemicals soaking into their skin. Remember to take care of your eco-friendly mat, as these natural materials are not as durable compared to man-made resources. These sustainable mats have made the cut from chemical to earth-friendly products and are well known for the resilient qualities.
Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat
This popular yoga mat seizes the thought of PVC and ozone depleting materials. Instead, the mat comprises of rubber tapped from rubber trees. The natural rubber provides quality grip and cushioning for those who suffer from knee-aching low lunges and camels. The mats are created in America and comply with the US, environmental and labor laws to ensure a sustainable future.
Barefoot Yoga Co. The Original Eco Yoga Mat
Rated “Number One” by the New York Times, this mat comprises of rubber and jute as its main materials. These materials are ideal for yoga mats to stick to the floor and to avoid the hand-sliding downward facing dog. The product is biodegradable, but also contains latex.
Part of Kulae’s eco-mat series, this mat is the thinnest and lightest mat in stock. Weighing less than two pounds, the mats are designed with closed cell technology, which means the mat does not welcome germs, bacteria and odor. This mat is 100% recyclable and biodegradable as well as ultra-hygienic, PVC and latex free.
Manduka eKO Superlite Travel Mat 68”
Nothing goes better than finding a yoga mat that travels well and is sustainable. Professional yoga mats can become heavy, especially when carrying clothes and other items. However, the superlite feature weighs two pounds and is 99% latex free. The mat does not contain PVC, harsh dyes or toxic plasticizers. The closed cell feature is designed to not absorb bacteria.
Prana Eco Yoga Mat
This toxic-free mat features natural anti-slip properties to keep the root chakra stable without slips or falls. This two-toned mat is free of latex, chlorine and PVC. The mat is UV resistant and weighs 2.3 pounds.