Why choose a cork yoga mat?
Cork yoga mats are becoming the next big thing. Although cork has been used for hundreds of years in many aspects of everyday life, only now are we realizing that it is the best material possible for a yoga mat.
-Cork is 100% chemical free and comes from cork trees. It is not processed with chemicals.
-Cork is anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic. This why it will never smell or mold.
-Cork dries almost instantaneously when wet. It does not absorb sweat. Sweat is evaporated extremely fast which is why it is perfect for all types of yoga, hot yoga particularly.
-Cork is soft to the touch but becomes the grippiest surface you will ever be on as soon as you add a little moisture (sweaty hands, studio humidity..)
-Cork is comfortable and supports joints while providing a very stable base.
-Cork comes from cork tree forests that are protected by by-laws. No trees are cut down to provide the cork bark. It is environmentally friendly.
The dangers of conventional plastic yoga mats
Conventional yoga mats are made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
From both an environmental and health standpoint PVC is considered the most toxic consumer plastic that exists.
-PVC is used in yoga mats because it is cheap, flexible and has good grip.
-PVC mats are not safe to use, to create or to destroy. They release dioxins, a known carcinogen. Other toxins also include phthalates. To make PVC stable, heavy metals such as arsenic, mercury, cadmium and lead are used.
-There is no way to recycle PVC mats. They will sit in landfills forever and are disastrous for our planet.
-Other materials used in yoga mats are: TPE and recycled rubber (not natural tree rubber but industrial rubber).