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Sustainable Yoga Mats We Love

by Edward Habat

Looking to perfect your downward dog while reducing your carbon footprint? Here are five eco-friendly yoga mats that are both comfortable and sustainable.

Namastay Mat Made from sustainably sourced rubber and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Namastay Mat by Lululemon is an eco-friendly alternative to typical polyurethane and PVC mats. Made with customer feedback in mind, this mat features a smooth middle and extra grip to ensure you’re getting the most out of each pose. It’s also available in a wide variety of styles, colors, and sizes, making it the perfect fit for all sorts of yoga enthusiasts.

Zen Natural Cork Mantramat Looking for ways to stay inspired during class? The answer may be right beneath your feet. Mantradog’s Natural Cork Mantramat allows you to add your own mantra to this PVC-free cork and rubber mat, making your mat, and your session, truly your own.

Natural Jute and PER Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat Now you can get the same grip and support that you get from traditional vinyl mats with no cost to the environment. Made of jute and PER, a biodegradable PVC alternative, this mat from Barefoot Yoga Co. helps you take on each pose with confidence. Natural jute is a sustainable choice for your low-footprint-routine, and the soft earthy tones help you look the part, too.

Yoyo Mats Tired of your mat unrolling at all the wrong times? Yoyo Mats has a solution to the hassle of keeping it all together with their latex- and PVC-free self-rolling mats. Designed with the same technology as slap-bracelets, the yoyo mat stays down when you need it, and rolls up quickly when you don’t. It’s even made from sustainable materials, making your yoga experience convenient and guilt-free. Available in seafoam, blue, orange and charcoal.

Jade Yoga Mats Jade Yoga is both eco-friendly and gives back to the environment. Made with natural rubber tapped from rubber trees and renewable resources, its mats contain no PVC, EVA or synthetic rubber. Plus, through their partnership with Trees for the Future, a tree is planted for every yoga mat sold.

Suga Mat Can surfing and sun salutations go hand in hand? We think so, with the latest from Suga—a company that recycles and repurposes wetsuits into yoga mats. Combining the words surfing and yoga for their name, Suga’s mats are both firm gripping and moisture resistant, offering a stable and eco-friendly experience in the studio. With over 10,000 wetsuits collected, and nearly 30 tons of neoprene—the compound used for wetsuits—kept out of landfills, a Suga Mat purchase could be one of the most eco-friendly purchases you’ll make this year.

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