5 of the best eco-friendly yoga mats
We’ve previously brought to your attention the fact that yoga mats harbour a significant amount of germs. In fact, the average mat can contain up to 100,000 bacteria per cubic centimetre and they can survive for days it the mat is left uncleaned.
To add to this, a regular yoga mat is often made with PVC (polyvinyl chloride) – a cheap and nasty carcinogen – which when exposed through skin contact and inhalation, can pose serious health risks.
So to help protect your health, save the environment and get your zen on, we’ve rounded up the best-of-the-best eco-friendly yoga mats… just make sure to clean them regularly, too.
What: Grounded Yoga Mat, $94.95, at Mukti Mats
Why: All Mukti Mats are manufactured under ethical workplace standards – completely sweatshop free. Their Grounded yoga mat has a reversible feature – one side holds the moisture absorbing and slip reducing properties of natural tree rubber and jute fibres (perfect for your sweaty vinyasa practice), while the other side features a softer layer of natural tree rubber for your more restorative practice.
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What: Combo Mat, $78, at Yoga Design Lab
Why: Expect anything but the boring and ordinary from this young Bali based yoga brand. The range of 20 different eye-catching luxury yoga mats are made from natural tree rubber and ethically sourced recycled plastic bottle microfibers. Yes, recycled plastic bottles! They’re also free from silicone, toxic glue and phthalates.
What: LovEarth Yoga Mat, $87, at LovEarth
Why: The beautiful dye-free yoga mat is made using only natural materials including jute and tree rubber, and is completely biodegradable. And because the brand is dedicated to making yoga better for you and the earth, you can send in your old mat and the LovEarth team will happily recycle it for you!
What: Palms Cork Yoga Mat, $79, at CHUCHKA
Why: Not only are Chuchka’s eco-friendly yoga mats made from 100 per cent rubber, cork and microfiber suede, but they’re also free from toxic PVC and machine washable, too. Moreover, the addition of cork has antimicrobial properties which resists germs and odours.
What: 2E ‘Connected’ Yoga Mat, $119, at Second Earth
Why: The Coogee born brand prides themselves on making “the best, non-slip yoga mat in Australia” that is 100 per cent eco-friendly, toxic-free and sustainable. Choose from three different colours – forest floor green, earth black and sky blue – which all come with a free cotton carry strap.