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Is your rubber mat causing more harm than good?

As a Yoga teacher myself, I know how important it is to know what your yoga mat is made out of and the carbon footprint you have on the earth. The hard-hitting truth is that the common rubber yoga mat is usually made from 100% Polyvinyl chloride (PVC ), which is one of the most environmentally hazardous consumers materials ever produced. PVC is dangerous to human health throughout its entire life cycle of production, use, and disposal, mainly because so much chlorine is used in making it, roughly 30% of the world supply. PVC became the plastic of choice because it's cheap and creates a thick material to use during your practise, but considering the impacts on environmental and human health, it's actually priceless.

PVC is not biodegradable, the only way to get rid of it is to burn it. When burning, chlorine produces dioxins that end up in soil, fish, animals, water, air, and, ultimately, in humans. They do not break down easily in the environment and they build up in our bodies, resulting in reproductive and development problems. They are known to damage your immune system and interfere with hormones.


Andrea Cespedes from Livestrong states "A sticky mat is pretty much a must for yoga, but it's safety is in question. Yes, the mat will keep you from slipping and falling — but it contains chemicals that may linger in your system for years." Here is the link to the Livestrong website with further website resources for information on PVC and Phthalates. www.livestrong.com

TPE and PVC rubber yoga mats are the most commonly used yoga mats for their durable qualities.


TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomers)

Yoga mats are made of polymers, a type of plastic with thermal and elastic properties. TPE materials can be easily moulded, extruded and reused. However, they are not recyclable. TPE doesn’t require reinforcing agents, stabilizers or even cure systems making it less reactive and polluting than PVC. Although it may contain no PVC or latex, it’s still manufactured using heat and chemical processes. It’s also still a synthetic product. TPE is often used in yoga mats that combine materials and is commonly used as the bottom layer of a mat that’s crafted mainly from cork.

PVC

PVC mats are usually produced with low quality for the lowest cost. PVC isn't eco-friendly AT ALL!! and the mat releases toxic chemicals when being manufactured, burnt, used or washed. Through the study of other PVC house hold items science has been able to identify that not only does PVC leave a huge carbon imprint but manufacturing the toxin actually begins to pollute our air, and our skin which has long-term lasting effects on our health.


OMudra Mats are all natural fibre based handcrafted mats from a small community in India.

We were very mindful about starting up our brand to ensure that we were decreasing our carbon imprint and helping others do the same!


We are a slow fashion based yoga brand promoting wellness through inspiring, educating and motivating you towards living a life that is in alignment to your truth, and each mat energetically connects you into this vibration. OMudra has aimed to lower your carbon imprint and assist you on your journey towards awakening.


THE BENEFITS OF OMUDRA MATS

We focus on creating energetic ripples out into our collective through inspiring your individual choice.

Each purchase creates positive impact in the following areas.

  • Fair Trading- Employment is essential for these artisans as it helps them with food, shelter and their quality of life.

  • Natural fibres like organic cotton, Sambu, and Banana Fibre are all biodegradable and free from toxins, thus meaning our workers and our earth are free from suffering.

  • You receive a FREE organic cotton yoga strap to carry your mat with and practise with.

  • Free from chemicals means your health, hormones and skin can breathe and grow without being polluted by plastics.

  • The Ayurvedic herbs used to dye the cotton amts with all carry medicinal properties so instead of posting your health system with chemicals we actually exposure your skin to feel good plants designed to elevate, cleanse and detox.

The best part is once your done, just burry them in the yard!


Namaste xx

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