Best Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats

Written by Anna Griffiths
A good quality eco-friendly yoga mat is essential to your yoga practice. With studios being temporarily closed due to the rise of COVID-19, now more than ever is the best time to make sure you have the right yoga mat and yoga equipment to continue your practice at home. It is also important that we look out for local and eco-friendly options to support both the environment and local business who may be struggling throughout this time.

We have created a guide of some of our favourite local and eco-friendly yoga mat providers, so we can not only inform but support the local businesses in our yoga community. We hope you find these useful!

Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats

I AM THAT - Luxury Natural Cork Alignment Mat
Material: Cork
Dimensions: L 183cm x W 60cm x T 4.5 mm

Grip: Medium
Indoor vs. Outdoor: Both
Material: Thick
Intensity Any
Accessories: Mat strap

These natural cork mats from I AM THAT yoga are great for your home practice if you are looking for a sustainable and beautiful option. Made from recycled cork, they are visually satisfying and good for the environment. These mats feature alignment lines to facilitate your practice, especially when you don’t have the aid of a teacher. They are relatively grippy, increasing with sweat and well weighted, providing a more flat and well cushioned surface for balance practice.

Note: Cork does not produce mould over time and stays naturally clean, meaning minimal germs and safe with every inhale and exhale of your practice.

I AM THAT also makes a Travel Natural Cork Alignment Mat, made from the same materials yet slightly lighter and smaller; perfect for when you travelling around and on the go.

PROS

  • Alignment guides
  • Good grip and gets grippier as you sweat
  • Well-cushioned surface
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Minimal germs

CONS

  • Heavy-weighted so not always great when travelling
  • May need towel handy for excess sweat

Yogi Peace Club - Ultimate Yoga Mat
Material: Rubber
Dimensions: L 183cm W 68cm

Grip: High
Indoor vs. Outdoor: Both
Material: Thick
Intensity Any
Accessories: Mat strap and yoga blocks

These simplistic biodegradable yoga mats from Torquay-based Yogi Peace Club are not only good for the environment but perfect for home practice. Made from natural tree rubber, these mats are 100% PVC free and provide a non-slip surface for any form of yoga. These yoga mats are also great for any balancing postures with a thick and grippy surface that is easy to clean by using a wipe or wet cloth. This mat also comes in multiple colours and available in package on the Yogi Peace Club website.

PROS

  • Super grippy
  • Well-cushioned surface
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Easy to clean

CONS

  • Heavy-weighted so not always great when travelling
  • May need towel handy for excess sweat

Yogi Peace Club - Printed Yoga Mat
Material: Rubber
Dimensions: L 173cm W 61cm

Grip: Medium to High
Indoor vs. Outdoor: Indoor
Material: Medium
Intensity Any
Accesories: Mat strap and yoga blocks

Yogi Peace Club’s printed mats are made with a base of natural tree rubber and a printed top. This top layer is not only visually stunning, but acts as an absorbent meaning no towel required. This mat too gets the environmental tick of approval as this layer is made from recycled plastic bottles complementing its tree rubber base; how amazing!! This mat is also not too heavy so it’s easy to carry around when traveling and is available in a variety of stunning patterns and colours to tie in with the rest of your home decor. :)

PROS

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Good grip
  • No towel required
  • Visually stunning
  • Good for on-the-go

CONS

  • Not so great for outdoor practice
  • May need to wash regularly

Mukti - Grounded Yoga Mat
Material: Rubber
Dimensions: L 183cm x W 61cm

Grip: High
Indoor vs. Outdoor: Indoor
Material: Medium
Intensity Any
Accessories: Mat strap

Mukti grounded natural mats are ethically manufactured and double-sided, designed to suit any style of home practice. Both sides of this mat are made from natural tree rubber, with one side suitable for your high intensity practice (high grip with minimal slippage) and the other soft for a slower vinyasa or yin yoga practice. The natural rubber used in these mats are most suitable for indoor practices to ensure you get the most out of your mat.

PROS

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Very grippy
  • Good for all styles of practice
  • Light-weight, good for travel

CONS

  • Not so great for outdoor practice
  • May need a towel for excess sweat

Images from the top: I AM THAT, Yogi Peace Club, Mukti.

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