Eco Friendly Yoga Mat Options – What’s best for you?

A short article to help you choose the best Eco Friendly Yoga Mat

You’ve read the articles on the horrors of PVC yoga mats and phthalates and you’ve probably turned your smelly, old yoga mat into a pair of shoes! But, just how do you choose the best environmentally friendly yoga mat to replace it?

Most people buy a PVC sticky yoga mat because they’re cheap, comfortable but firm, provide decent grip and a choice of colors and patterns.

I’m going to keep this article simple by assuming you want something similar to a standard sticky yoga mat but more eco friendly, better for your health and better for the environment.

I’m not going to discuss jute yoga mats or cotton yoga mats in this article, just rubber yoga mats and eco foam yoga mats.

Rubber Yoga Mats

Rubber is almost the perfect material for eco friendly yoga mats. It’s natural and sustainable (as long as it’s from sustainable forests). Rubber is really dense but springy, so rubber yoga mats are great for the perfect combination of balance and comfort.

The best premium eco yoga mats are made of rubber but, they have three drawbacks.

  1. Rubber yoga mats are heavy so they can be a pain to carry around
  2. Rubber yoga mats smell. Some people love the smell, some hate it but it does fade over time.
  3. Rubber yoga mats contains latex and some people are allergic to latex

Eco Foam Yoga Mats

As a response to the dangers of PVC two eco friendlier versions of flexible plastic are now used for eco yoga mats. These are TPE and PER or Thermoplastic Elastomers and Polyurethane Environmental Resin. You can do your own research on the chemistry of yoga mats (if you’re interested) but for this article, all we need to know is that both of these compounds come in dozens of varieties, some of which include rubber.

Every Eco Foam Yoga Mat will be slightly different so you need to check with the supplier exactly what the benefits of their yoga mats are. Eco Foam Yoga Mats can be-

  • Biodegradable
  • Phthalate free
  • PVC free
  • Dioxin free
  • Lead free
  • Cadmium free
  • Produced in a more environmentally friendly way than PVC

Make sure your new environmentally friendly yoga mat ticks as many boxes as possible. If you have a latex allergy check that your TPE or PER ecomat doesn’t contain latex.

Eco Friendly Yoga Mat Prices

Many people are happy to pay premium prices for the best eco credentials and the best quality yoga mats, and that’s great BUT times are tight so, it’s important to realise that you can also now, find excellent extra thick, extra long, eco yoga mats for around $15. If you’re just starting off, buy one of those instead of a PVC yoga mat.

Like all things it’s a question of balance. You may not be able to buy the perfect Eco Yoga Mat but you can do a lot better than the standard PVC mat.

Summary

If you can afford it and you aren’t allergic to latex and don’t mind the temporary smell go for a rubber yoga mat like this or this

If money’s no object go for something like this

If cost is an issue or you’d really just like a light foam eco friendly yoga mat then go for TPE or PER like this one . It’s less than $15.

Our personal favorite and a really great middle of the road Eco Friendly Yoga Mat is this one

If you’d like more detail take a look at our latest article ‘The Eco Mat Yoga best selling eco friendly yoga mats review’ or click here for more general advice on where to buy a yoga mat.

Eco Friendly Yoga Mat

Thought you might like a breath of fresh air!

The Eco Mat Yoga best selling eco friendly yoga mats review

This is our selection of the best selling Eco Yoga Mats from each of the top ten bestselling Eco Yoga Mat suppliers and manufacturers

For more information on the best Eco Yoga Mats, and loads of customer reviews, just click on the pictures or text links in the article below.

BEAN PRODUCTS



is 72 inches long and double thick at ¼ inch (6.3mm).  It’s washable and comes in a range of colors. This eco yoga mat is a low priced, high performance, easy care, eco yoga mat. It does not contain dioxins, toxic phthalates or heavy metals and is manufactured using an ecologically safer method of production. It is made of PER (Polymer Environmental Resin).

If you’re looking for a great Eco Yoga Mat yoga mat at a great price, this is it!





AURORAE



Is manufactured from a newly designed eco friendly material and is good value, easy to care for and durable. Machine washing on a hot setting is actively encouraged to break this eco yoga mat in.  It is 72 inches long, ¼ inch thick and comes in a range of colors with a focal point icon to aid concentration.





MANDUKA



The legendary is so durable it carries a lifetime guarantee and is well known for its dense cushioning and fabric finished non slip surface but it does contain PVC so we’ve included the more eco friendly natural rubber and sea-grass Manduka eKO Yoga Mat instead.

The Manduka eKO yoga mat is a natural rubber, biodegradable, closed-cell mat that is designed for durability and comfort, The eKO mat is longer, wider and thicker than the average size yoga mat, at 71 inches long, 26 inches wide, 5mm thick and it weighs in at 6lbs.





JADE YOGA



Jade Yoga’s most popular premium eco yoga mat is made of natural rubber and contains no PVC.  The Jade Harmony Professional comes in 74  and 68 inch lengths and is 3/16 ths of an inch thick providing a good balance of traction and cushioning.






AGILE



is a comfortable yoga mat, ¼ inch thick, 24 inches wide and 68 inches long. It is made of recyclable TPE, so it’s PVC-free, latex-free, durable, lightweight and biodegradable.








NATURAL FITNESS



Is, unsurprisingly, made of rubber. This eco friendly yoga mat comes in a variety of two tone colors and is natural and bio-degradable.  It’s 24 Inches wide by 69 inches long and 3/16 inch thick.






prAna



prAna claim that this is the best yoga mat available on the market, and if you check out the customer reviews you’ll see that most people who’ve bought it definitely agree.  The prAna revolution is extremely roomy. The average yoga mat is 24″x68″ but this Yoga Mat is a huge 30″x78″ and a comfortable 4mm thick. It’s a rubber-based all-natural yoga mat and it’s completely biodegradable.  The Revolution Yoga Mat is very dense so it’s heavy at about 10 pounds. There’s a slightly lighterweight version of this yoga mat,  the Neo Natural Yoga Mat by prAna. The only difference is that it’s 4″ narrower.





GAIAM



Gaiam tend to aim for the bottom of the market and mainly sell patterned PVC Yoga Mats so their best selling Eco Yoga Mat is also cheap and cheerful.  This sticky mat is 3mm thick and made from non-toxic TPE, which contains no PVC or latex. It measures 68 x 24 inches and weighs 2 pounds.






KULAE



This is a really thick mat at nearly 1/2″ and it’s extra long at 72″.  The Kulae tpECOmat Ultra is constructed using closed cell technology (so germs, bacteria + odor can’t penetrate the mat surface), and it’s allergen free, 100% Biodegradable, 100% Recyclable,  PVC- and Latex-Free






HUGGER MUGGER



And now for something a little more unusual! Hugger Mugger are developing a greater choice of Eco Friendly Yoga Mats and their best seller is this Jute Yoga Mat with a non-slip backing of PER.  It’s very light at only 2lbs. The Jute Sattva Yoga Mat measures 68 x 24 x 0.4 inches.