By Charlene Lazewski
The Yoga lifestyle is all about healthy foods, positive spirituality, and being eco-friendly with all we do and use. So, the last thing you want to think about when you’re on your yoga mat, is how many chemicals they used to make it. Not only is it contradicting to be doing an exercise associated with the Green lifestyle on a chemical filled mat, but it can eventually cause skin irritations, or other illnesses. Fortunately, many yoga mat companies are now making mats without a lot of chemicals, and switching to all-natural rubber and jute instead.
These eco-friendly mats are all great quality, so it won’t hinder your yoga performance at all. It will just let you do yoga, all while being gentler to Mother Earth. Here are the top 5, you can choose from…
1. Manduka eKO Lite Mat
This mat is made from biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested, natural tree rubber. It has superb grip, perfect for your sweatiest yoga sessions. It has a rippled surface texture, which acts like the ridges of your hands to prevent slipping and sliding. Find out more about Manduka’s eKO Lite Mat.
2. Barefoot Yoga Original Eco Yoga Mat
This mat is ranked as one of the best eco-friendly yoga mats (said so, by the New York Times). Barefoot Yoga’s Eco Mat mixes all natural rubber with jute fiber (a vegetable-based fiber). Jute creates a bit of a different feeling on your hands than traditional rubber mates. But, the no-slip properties still remain. The rubber portion of this mat allows for comfort and support that’s missing from an all-jute mat. Find out more about Barefoot Yoga’s Original Eco Yoga Mat.
3. Jade Teal Mat
All Jade yoga mats are made from all-natural rubber, and without PVC. But, it gets better. For every Jade Teal Mat they sell, they donate $5 to ovarian cancer research, early detection, improved treatment and public education of the disease. They also plant a tree for every one of their mats sold through their partnership with Trees for The Future. Find out more about Jade’s Teal Mat.
4. Prana E.C.O. Yoga Mat
The E.C.O. mat, which stands for “Earth Conscious Offering,” is a result of Prana’s toxin-free manufacturing process and doesn’t contain PVC, chloride or latex. As a result, the mat is recyclable. The underside of the mat stays put on smooth, hard surfaces, while the top offers a no-slip grip and won’t allow germs from your sweat to absorb into the mat. Find out more about Prana’s E.C.O. Yoga Mat.
5. Bold Yoga Mats Origami Crane
Bold Yoga Mats are made in Boulder, Colorado. The mats they produce are nontoxic, eco-friendly, latex-, phthalate-, and heavy-metal-free. The company also has a Renew and Recycle program, which collects gently used mats from consumers, refurbishes them and donates them to jails, detention centers, shelters and schools. The fun doesn’t end there….if you donate your old mat you’ll receive a $5 coupon for your next purchase. Find out more about Bold Yoga Mats.