It’s meant to be a practice that brings us strength and relaxation, but when the majority of mainstream yoga mats are reportedly made from toxic PVC plastic, your regular yoga practice could be causing you harm, leaving you wondering if your mats are toxic.
What Is PVC Plastic
So, what is PVC plastic? Polyvinyl chloride-based plastic (PVC) is said to be the third most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer in the world – but, studies suggest that it is one of the most toxic, too. Apparently, at all stages of the production, use and disposal of PVC plastic, a highly toxic chemical called dioxin can be released.
Unfortunately, a number of yoga mats are reportedly made entirely from PVC in its flexible form, aka ‘vinyl’ – with a few other chemicals thrown into the mix. Phthalates, lead and cadmium could all be present in your yoga mat, which explains that ‘new car smell’ you may have got wind of when you first bought it.
Good News For Yogi’s - Eco Friendly Yoga Mats
Luckily, not all yoga mats are made from PVC plastic. There are a number of eco-friendly yoga mats that are also toxin free and will suit your personal preferences. Like a thick yoga mat, or a non-slip yoga mat? How about a printed yoga mat? No matter what you love about your current mat, there is an eco yoga mat that you’re sure to love – that will also love you back!
Yogi Peace Club mats are some of our favourites, both for their high quality and their gorgeous designs. The Stretch Now Eco Yoga Mat and Stretch Now Earth Fusion Yoga Mat are two other fantastic options to go for if you’re looking for a toxin-free mat to practice your tadasana and tolasana on.
What’s more, you can throw some eco-friendly yoga products into your gym bag too, like the Organic Cotton Yoga Bolster. With so much to choose from, there’s no reason not to detoxify your yoga practice. So, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, knowing you’re not inhaling any nasty toxins in the process.