While practising yoga breathing is considered a vital part. But wait are you aware that doing practice on PVC yoga mat is causing more harm to your body? Many people are not aware that the conventional mat is made up of PVC. Well, I am sure you all might be thinking about what actually PVC mat is and how they are harmful. If we consider it from the environment and health point of view, the PVC mat is considered to be the most toxic plastic.
PVC stands for polymerization of vinyl chloride. It is the widely used material for yoga mat because it is cheap and is flexible. The PVC yoga mat is mainly composed of PVC resin powder and anti-tearing fabric. These mats are manufactured under high temperatures in which open cells are foamed. Open-cell technology basically means these mats can retain the sweat and oil which is good for gripping. The only concern with PVC mat is that it contains phthalates substance which is linked to health issues and has a negative impact on its environment. The material and density of these mats go well with every environmental condition whether it is heated or non-heated room and is perfect for gentle to vigorous practices.
Now a day’s PVC is the most common plastic yet its production entails the creation of numerous toxic chemicals known as dioxins. Mats made up of PVC material are not so eco-friendly as compared to other mats. The mat made up of PVC can’t be recycled or biodegraded.
If you want eco-friendly, Recyclable, Reusable, Biodegradable Mat then you can switch to the following Gravolite mats:-
1) Cotton yoga mat
2) Cork yoga mat
3) EVA yoga mat
4) PU yoga mat
5) SUEDE yoga mat
6) TPE yoga mat