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.






How to pick the perfect yoga mat

What are the most important things to consider when you buy your new yoga mat?

I’d say there are four main points to consider when you pick your perfect yoga mat

  • Health
  • Comfort
  • Style
  • Value for money

Health
You probably wouldn’t be practising yoga if you didn’t care about your health.  But, did you realise that your choice of yoga mat could be seriously unhealthy?

The standard, cheap, sticky yoga mats that most of us start off with are made of PVC.  The manufacture of PVC is one of the most polluting industrial processes on Earth, creating tons of toxic dioxins each year.  Not only that but, phthalates are added to PVC to make it flexible. Phthalates have been banned for certain uses in Europe but, they are still used in cheap yoga mats worldwide.  There are arguments over whether there is any proven effect on humans but they have been proven to cause genetic abnormalities to the sex organs of male lab animals and even those born to mothers exposed to phthalates (they can cross the placenta to developing embryos).  These chemicals don’t bond with the PVC so they constantly ‘leak’ out of yoga mats into the air and onto your skin.  Up to 60% (yes, sixty percent) of your PVC yoga mat could be phthalates.

PVC manufacturers assure us that phthalates are safe for use in yoga mats but why take the risk (especially if you’re pregnant).  Many eco friendly yoga mats are pretty much identical to standard sticky mats but they don’t contain PVC, or phthalates, and their manufacture is much kinder to the environment.  Eco yoga mats can also be very cheap.  I don’t understand why anyone would choose anything but an Eco Mat for yoga these days.

Comfort
Standard sticky yoga mats are usually 1/8th of an inch thick.  Many people find that this is too thin and very uncomfortable on knees and ankles.  Almost all the main yoga mat manufacturers offer thicker yoga mats.  The best yoga mats are usually 1/4 inch thick and still firm enough to allow for good balance during poses.

You may have seen futon style, extra thick cotton yoga mats.  These are designed for laying on for restorative yoga poses and meditation.  They are not designed for standing yoga poses.  If you try to use one for a standard yoga class you will embarrass yourself by falling over (I wouldn’t recommend it!).

Style
There are really only three styles of yoga mat.  I think of them as foam mats, rugs and futons.  But, the choice within these three styles is almost unlimited.

Your essential choice with foam mats is Eco friendly or PVC but prices are similar so why not buy an Eco Yoga Mat?

Rubber yoga mats come in a more limited range of colors but the color choice for environmentally friendly foam mats is enormous.  Not only is there a huge range of colors but you can also choose from hundreds of different patterns and logos.  If you can’t choose between the pink yoga mat and the black yoga mat you could even have a yoga mat custom made with your own pattern, logo or favorite quote.  Or maybe you’d prefer an alignment yoga mat with lines to help your posture?  Search the Internet to find the Eco yoga mat that suits you best.

Value for money
Standard sticky yoga mats are very cheap but the best value Eco friendly sticky mats are only a few dollars more.

As always, you get what you pay for but some yoga mats seem very highly priced compared to the competition.  Do your homework before you buy.  I would recommend searching around online to see which is the best Eco yoga mat for you but, when you find your top Eco yoga mats go to Amazon and search for them there.  Not only are there hundreds of customer reviews to read but also, Amazon’s prices are usually difficult to beat…….

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