Best Yoga Mats Based on In-Depth Reviews

UPDATED INFORMATION ON ECO-FRIENDLY YOGA MATS

When we first published this content, we were still pending the results from samples we’d sent to the Ecology Center, a nonprofit focused on researching toxic chemicals in everyday products.

As we wrote below, almost half of all yoga mats are made from Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), a substance that presents a number of problems – from the pollution, it creates during manufacture and the risks it’s chemical additives can present, to the harmful effects its incineration can have in countries and states where trash is burned. This is why we decided to not include any PVC mats in our list, not even making an exception for Manduka’s PRO line, one of the most well-regarded mats in the world.

We focused instead on natural materials and some synthetic ones – polyurethane, PER, and TPE – that were described as eco-friendly alternatives to PVC. These materials were marketed as biodegradable, recyclable, and non-toxic. While our preliminary research showed some gaps in information about how exactly some of these materials were made, we trusted that manufacturers’ claims about their mats would probably hold true.

But then the lab results came back. Needless to say, we were surprised to find out that despite our careful research and manufacturer’s claims, some of our supposedly eco-friendly mats were decidedly not what they claimed to be.

Read the FULL ARTICLE at https://www.consumersadvocate.org/yoga-mats

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