Common Materials in Yoga Mats

- Feb 20, 2020-

Common Materials in Yoga Mats


         PROS           CONS




 PVC


Cheap

Lightweight

Sticky

*Contains substances such as phthalates and vinyl chloride

*Emits a PVC off-gassing smell

*Most harmful to the environment

*Open-cell construction absorbs moisture



 PER

Affordable

Lightweight

Nearly odorless

Biodegradable & recyclable

Non-toxic & hypoallergenic

No heavy metals, phthalates, phenols or PAHS

Less sticky than some PVC mats


Requires a break-in period to develop maximum grip



 TPE

Lightweight

Comes in a variety of textures

Biodegradable & recyclable

Non-toxic & hypoallergenic

Closed-cell construction repels moisture

No heavy metals, phthalates, phenols or 

Expensive

Must avoid direct sunlight

May emit an odor when new

Can move during practice, depending on floor surface



Rubber

Excellent grip and cushion

Roll out flat

Natural material

Biodegradable & recyclable

Non-toxic

No heavy metals, phthalates, phenols or PAHS

Expensive

Heavy

Must avoid direct sunlight

Natural rubber smell

Contains latex, which may cause allergies

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