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Best Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats

May 25, 2015 by  
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Aren’t Most Yoga Mats Eco-Friendly? An Eco-friendly Yoga Mat is a yoga mat that’s made from materials that aren’t toxic to people or the environment. Some eco-friendly yoga mats are made from renewable resources such as effortless rubber or effortless fibers, and some are made from man-made equipment that don’t use toxic substances.

Unfortunately, the most average yoga mats are the omnipresent imitation-rubber PVC (polyvinyl chloride) yoga mats. These mats are durable and inexpensive and work comparatively well….so what’s the problem?

PVC has been called a basic green fitness disaster as of the cancer-causing byproducts such as dioxin that are shaped during manufacturing. Plasticizers that are added to make the PVC acrobatic (so we have fold-able, roll-able mats comparatively than dead mats) also may cause fitness problems. And currently, recycling of PVCs is comparatively advanced and expensive, so most PVC foodstuff´s end up in the landfills, possibly leaching out toxic chemicals into the landfill.

If the practice of yoga is believed to help make us more aware of healthy choices for ourselves, and by extension, make healthier choices for our environment, how can we, in good conscious, carry on to buy yoga mats made from PVC? What other alternatives are there?

Pictured above is the eco-friendly Jade Harmony Professional 3/16-Inch Yoga Mat made from effortless rubber.

Updated 4/15/11 Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat Options  Luckily, we now have a digit of options for buying yoga mats that are more ecologically friendly. There are pros and cons to all of these choices, but altogether any of these options are healthier for our environment than buying the “usual” average PVC yoga mats.

Natural rubber yoga matsTPE (ThermoPlastic Elastomer) matsPER (Polymer Environmental-friendly Resin) matsRubber or PER with jute matsFor a good review of a few different brands and types of eco-friendly yoga mats, read ConsumerSearch Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats.

Pictured here is the Barefoot Yoga Natural Jute and PER Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

Natural Rubber Yoga Mats  Loading content… amuse stand by The Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat Gets High Ratings  I’m at present using the Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat, and I love it. Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat

As a yoga teacher, and as someone who’s difficult to make more environmentally-friendly choices in the way I live, I’ve put much thought into what type of yoga sticky mat to buy for for in my opinion and to recommend to my students. The best eco-friendly yoga mat…

 

TPE (ThermoPlastic Elastomer) Yoga Mats  Loading content… amuse stand by PER (Polymer Environmental-friendly Resin) mats  Loading content… amuse stand by Natural Rubber or PER with Jute Fibers  Loading content… amuse stand by You’ll Find Some Eco Yoga Mats on eBay  Loading content… amuse stand by Short History of the Modern Yoga Mat  Certainly the very old yogis had not anything like our current yoga mats for their asana (posture) practice! But certainly these mats are useful!

Our modern idea of the non-slip yoga mat goes back only to the 1970’s. The account is that when B.K.S Iyengar was visiting the United States, and doing a demonstration on an oriental rug, he was slipping too much in the poses. He had the rug removed, and used the carpet padding that was underneath instead. And voila! The modern yoga mat was born! First the mats were created just by cutting up carpet padding in individual-sized lengths. Then the inexpensive mass-produced PVC mats that we’re familiar with were developed.

When I first started pillage yoga lessons at the Ann Arbor YMCA in 1993, some of these early thin carpet padding strips were even mixed in with the regular mass-produced yoga mats.

Photo by K. Coupland More on Yoga Mats, PVC, and the Environment  Healthy Building Network: PVC Facts PVC (polyvinyl chloride): A basic green fitness disaster Facts About PVC – Earth911.com Guide to civic resources including recycling centers, how to recycle, contagion averting and how help buffer the environment. Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats – Yoga Mats Reviews There are a digit of eco-friendly yoga mats available, and ConsumerSearch narrows down the best of the best for the environmentally conscious. 25 Ways to Re-Use Your Old Yoga Mat | Jade Yoga Mats Reduce, Re-use, Recycle Rethinking Yoga Mats Green Yoga Association brings green education and action to the yoga community and yoga education and practice to the green community. I’d Love to Hear Your Feedback! 

Do you practice yoga and have your own mat? Have you thought concerning the impact of the acceptable yoga mat on the environment?

submit Reply sonia5880 Oct 20, 2010 @ 8:33 pm | delete For balm when practicing yoga I wear these Yoga Pants and Use these mats Reply fanfreluche Oct 2, 2010 @ 1:45 am | delete I have one of these regular yoga mat (not for yoga tho) and honestly, even if I am or try to be, an eco affable character it never crossed my mind that this mat was releasing by foodstuff´s during its production. I just thought this must be made with recycled goods. It’s not. Reply calendarsblog Sep 22, 2010 @ 11:34 am | delete Great idea for a lens. I’m sure yoga people are generally into difficult to live green. Show All Share this Guestbook Stumbleupon Facebook MySpace Twitter Digg Delicious RSS Email Yoga.

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