When you deepen your yoga practice, you will notice something change inside of you. Peace of mind increases as well as your compassion for the world around you. Most yogis find themselves becoming more aware of the environment with continued practice, and many are opting for eco-friendly yoga mats to do their part in helping sustain the future of our planet. Why should you buy and eco-friendly yoga mat, and what’s the difference between these and traditional mats?
Traditional mats are made out of PVC and contain many toxic chemicals such as lead and phthalates which are known to cause hormone disruption. The lack of toxic chemicals in eco-friendly mats also means their manufacturing is better for the environment. Eco-friendly yoga mats are made without the use of any harmful chemicals, keeping these out of the soil and water system.
Yoga mats that are good for the environment are made from resources that are in abundant supply. Popular eco-friendly yoga mats are made from rubber, hemp, cotton, and jute, all of which are both renewable and biodegradable. You’ll not only feel more connected to the planet but will feel like you’re really doing your part when it’s time to get a new mat and you know that your old mat is both recyclable and biodegradable.
Are you someone that suffers from allergies and sensitivities to different materials? If so, you know how frustrating it can be when exposed to items made from synthetic materials. Cotton, hemp, and jute are all excellent choices for those with allergies or people with sensitive skin. If you have an allergy to latex, stay away from natural rubber mats which tend to cause reactions in susceptible people.
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