I’ve had the same yoga mat since I was 19 years old. I’m pretty sure that old toxic yoga mat is full of nasty PVC, but I also have a hard time justifying a new one when the old one is still pretty much like new.
The thing is, I worry a little bit about what my PVC mat could be doing to my health. Between the chlorine, dioxin, and phthalates , I’m starting to think that resting my face right on an old PVC mat is probably not the healthiest choice.
I did a little searching and found a couple of mats that look like an improvement:
- I’ve been drooling over this one made from recycled rubber. It’s PVC-, chlorine-, and latex-free! It’s also $55, which is a little steep for a yoga mat. Though if it lasts over a decade like my current one has, maybe it’s not so expensive after all?
- There are also these mats from Bean Products that say they’re made from “Clean PVC.” Here’s what the company says about it:
We call it Clean PVC tm an eco friendly yoga mat made of PER (Polymer Environmental Resin), which is a unique material that is more sensitive to the environment and your health than yoga mats made of standard PVC foam. This mat does not contain toxic phthalates, dioxins and furans, phenal, or heavy metals and has a ecologically safer method of production which is better for the workers and the environment – and most importantly it performs great for all types of yoga with excellent traction and cushion!!
Do any of you guys have safer yoga mats that you use and like? I’d love to hear about your experiences!
Here’s the other thing. Say I do take the plunge and get a new mat – how do I dispose of my old one? Can I toss it in with the recycling? Are there special facilities that take it? Can I craft with it?
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