For the past month, I’ve been using a new sustainably harvested cork yoga mat printed with a peaceful mountain scene. No toxic chemical smell, no funky odors, no silicone!
The Problem with Regular Yoga Mats
Standard yoga mats are typically made from synthetic Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) materials, which you may be surprised to find out are harmful for your health and the environment. PVC yoga mats are not biodegradable and while yours might start to show signs of wear and tear, it will be around for a long, long time. Not so eco-friendly.
PVC was created for pipes that are meant to hold up forever underground. So what does that mean when you make a yoga mat out of this material? It lasts forever. When it gets tossed into the landfill, it stays there for perhaps thousands of years. They can’t be burned because burning PVC creates dioxins which are incredibly toxic to humans.
And let’s face it, people aren’t recycling their yoga mats.
The PVC lifecycle — its production, use, and disposal — results in the release of toxic, chlorine-based chemicals. These toxins are building up in the water, air and food chainGreenpeace.org
In addition to being toxic, I hated the way the original vinyl-style mats would feel sticky. Perhaps that was good for gripping in difficult poses.
Have you ever thought about what yogis did before yoga mats were invented? I’m guessing they used woven grass rugs or animal skins? Interesting thought when you consider it. Perhaps the yoga performed thousands of years ago wasn’t as crazy so the need for grip wasn’t as prevalent. Let me know if you’re an expert!
Satori Concept Cork Yoga Mat
This yoga mat is beautiful and will last a long time, due to its construction and materials. Thankfully, not PVC, but durable, sustainable, and eco-friendly. My Corgi loves to do yoga with me and this is her favorite mat! Animals gravitate to nature.
The natural rubber gives you a comfortable cushion and a better grip on the floor so your mat doesn’t slip and slide. Natural rubber is very durable and this fully sustainable, natural rubber does not cause any damage to the environment. Another benefit of natural rubber is that because it is so durable, your yoga mat can last for years if cared for properly. Take it with you wherever you go and use it as much as you’d like, without worrying about tearing it up.
In addition, natural rubber has antimicrobial properties. This makes the yoga mat extremely easy to keep it clean. Which means, even when it gets wet and sweaty, the mat will stay clean. I wipe my mat with a wet rag and a spritz of witch hazel if I’m at the gym. When I’m at home, I don’t bother. I simply roll it up and keep it handy.
The top portion of the mat is made from sustainably sourced organic cork. Cork is a very useful and eco-friendly, natural, renewable, recyclable, and non-toxic resource, with exceptionally good environmental qualities. Naturally beautiful and feels like being out in nature. Much better than the standard yoga mat.
Cork is a renewable resource taken from cork trees which regenerate surprisingly fast. The trees are not cut down for harvest, but rather, the bark is harvested and used in the yoga mats. Each cork tree can produce cork for about 200 years. That means that no matter how many yoga mats are made, cork trees will continue producing for many years to come.Satori Concepts
Cork is naturally non-slip and has a faint natural scent. When wet, cork releases a waxy substance called Suberin. This substance makes the mat even more non-slip when moisture is added. Helpful for those difficult poses like the handstand scorpion!
One note, the rubber on the underside of this yoga mat does add a bit of weight. So you may notice it being a bit heavier than your ordinary lightweight PVC yoga mat. That didn’t bother me since, hey, I am working out here! But I thought I’d mention it just in case you give it a try and notice the mat is a bit heavier than what you’re used to.
Enjoy your yoga, friends!
Cork Yoga Mat by Satori Concepts
Product Name: Cork Yoga Mat
Product Description: Sustainably sourced cork and natural rubber yoga mat with peaceful mountain design inspired by the refreshed feeling of being surrounded by nature.
Brand: Satori Concept