5 Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats You Can Find Online
Yoga, in and of itself, is all about mindfulness. While flowing through the motions undoubtedly leads to a greater sense of self, it also helps cultivate a greater sense of connection beyond oneself, extending out toward all things—including the earth, and in that vein, eco-friendly yoga mats.
It's easy to understand why so many yoga brands are on a mission to become greener versions of themselves. After all, what better way to supplement a practice designed to heal and enhance one's life than to use an eco-friendly yoga mat designed with the same ethos in mind?
When it comes to finding eco-friendly yoga mats, it helps to know what to look for. As with many other sustainable products, it all boils down to searching for mats made with eco-conscious practices front and center.
While the very textiles used to make the mats play a major role, the amount of emissions produced as a result of creating them is just as important. Not all companies are transparent about their production processes, but we've tracked down the facts about a few mats.
Below, discover five eco-friendly yoga mat brands to consider for your next flow-inspired purchase.
Each product featured here has been independently selected by the writer. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.
5 Best Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats
Promising to inspire people to become their most empowered selves, Manduka puts full focus on efforts geared toward helping its shoppers be more conscious members of society.
One such way that it does this is by committing to creating top-of-the-line yoga mats that are designed to last. By creating long-lasting, high-quality mats, Manduka is able to assist shoppers in their efforts to cut back on consumption. What's more, the company ensures that all of its mats are created without harmful chemicals and dyes (which, by the way, have the ability to not only disrupt water sources during the production process but individuals' hormone balance during use).
But that's not all. In addition to nixing chemicals from all mats, Manduka's eKo Mats are made from biodegradable natural tree rubber and manufactured with zero waste and no harmful plasticizers. The PRO Mats are made from the highest quality PVC—a form of synthetic plastic—on the planet and manufactured emissions-free. While PVC is seldom recyclable, Manduka ensures shoppers that they need not worry, as these high-grade PRO Mats are guaranteed to last for life. Once they do meet their demise (if ever), they can be returned through the company's Live On program, in which The Renewal Workshop breaks down the mats and recycles them.
As sustainable as Manduka's mats are, its accessories are just as earth-friendly, with towels made of recycled plastic water bottles, blocks made of sustainable cork, and straps made of unbleached 100% natural cotton.
The point is, if you're looking to fully revamp your yoga routine with mats and accessories, Manduka is your number-one bet. It's a top brand chosen by yoga instructors around the world.
If you love the ocean as much as you love your yoga practice, you'll swoon over SugaMats. The California-based yoga mat company specializes in mats made of recycled wetsuits. It started as an idea to divert surfers' and scuba divers' old non-biodegradable neoprene wetsuits from entering landfills and now makes all its mats out of donated materials.
If you have an old wetsuit you'd like to recycle, you can drop it off at one of their partner stores or mail it in and you'll receive a 10 percent discount on your next purchase in return. For every wetsuit recycled, roughly one SugaMat is created. As durable as the mat is designed to be, the brand acknowledges that shoppers may want to replace it at some point. When you're ready, just send your used mat back to Suga to be recycled, and the brand will also give you a discount on a future purchase. Read more about the company's origins in our SugaMats review.
Designed under the premise of "Good for you, Good for the planet," Liforme mats are biodegradable, non-toxic, and PVC-free. The brand prides itself on being eco-friendly, ethical, and socially just, and, as such, they only use the highest-quality materials and focus on conservancy efforts with each and every one of their products.
By dedicating 5% of sales from two of their collections, they've raised over $200,000 for their charity partner, Friends of the Earth.
Additionally, from a social justice standpoint, they support women and children's rights, racial diversity, and LGBTQ+ rights. And they're not just all talk. They put their money where their mouth is and have donated to various organizations outright, as well as created mats specifically to benefit certain causes, like the Rainbow Hope Mat, in which 5% of sales go to GLAAD, a media-monitoring organization geared toward promoting LGBTQ+ acceptance.
Beyond charity, the most unique aspect of Liforme mats is that they're tailored to promote balance and stability via their revolutionary grip and alignment system. So, if you've ever had difficulty maintaining balance during your practice, a Liforme mat may be the ultimate choice for you.
Rhode Island-based health and wellness brand 2nd Wind is renowned for its intricate yoga mats, all of which are made with sustainability in mind. Each mat is made with 100% natural and sustainable cork and rubber, water-based ink, and no glue, latex, PVC, or toxins. Additionally, each mat is biodegradable. Sustainability aside, the artistic appearance of each mat is something to bat a lash at.
You can purchase 2nd Wind mats that have a rubber face or that have a towel infused mat for added grip. Instead of having to purchase a secondary yoga mat cover, these mats prevent slipping with a soft surface that's heat pressed into the rubber.
Toronto-based Scoria Yoga is beloved for its eco-friendly cork yoga mats. Each mat is made with sustainably sourced cork and backed with natural tree rubber. The two materials are adhered with eco adhesives that are bonded under high temperatures. Additionally, the designs—which are stunning—are crafted with non-toxic, water-based ink.
As if the production of each mat isn't enough to swoon over, know that Scoria is partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere and for every mat purchased, 10 meals are donated to those in need.
What's more, the very meals delivered are sustainable, as they're vegan and wrapped in biodegradable packaging. All this is to say, Scoria has brought the idea of sustainability full circle with its cork yoga mats and give-back program.
Rebecca R. Norris is a full-time freelance writer living in the DC metro area. She writes for a variety of publications, covering everything from beauty and wellness to style and news. She is a graduate of George Mason University. There, she earned her B.A. in Media: Production, Consumption, and Critique, along with a minor in Electronic Journalism. The Virginia native is a lover of lists, Stevie Nicks, dark chocolate Sprinkles cupcakes, and the Oxford comma.
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