I found this great blog about what we consider to be eco-friendly mats. Please read this review to be conscious of what’s actually in your mat.
“ThinkSport says that TPE is free of Bisphenol-A (BPA), PVC, Lead, Phthalates, Dioxins, and other notorious offenders. By we are not told what it has instead instead of these known toxins. I became very skeptical about all types of plastic after reading the result of tests done by CertiChem, founded by George Bittner, a professor of neurobiology at the University of Texas-Austin. CertiChem reported that “almost all” commercially available plastics that were tested leached synthetic estrogens—even when they weren’t exposed to conditions known to unlock potentially harmful chemicals, such as the heat of a microwave, the steam of a dishwasher, or the sun’s ultraviolet rays. According to Bittner’s research, some BPA-free products actually released synthetic estrogens that were more potent than BPA. My strong recommendation is not to be swayed by BPA-free labels and avoid all type of plastic, to the extent possible. If you try to eliminate all plastic from your environment you might go insane.” Irena Webb.
“Jade Harmony Professional eco-friendly yoga mats
After my disappointment with ThinkSport eco-friendly yoga mats, my research led me to eco-friendly yoga mats by Jade. When I do research, I always contact a manufacturer to ask questions or even confirm information I already know. The product description looked convincing so I bought the mat on Amazon before I even asked any questions of the manufacturer. When I received the mat, it smelled too, but less strongly than the ThinkSport mat.
So how has my experience been with the Jade Harmony mat? I have had the mat now for two weeks, and it still smells. The performance is however excellent – it is very non-slippery, and thick enough to provide steady support.
I asked Jade Harmony whether their eco-friendly yoga mats are made of 100% natural rubber. The response I received was not as reassuring as I hoped. Jade said that in addition to natural rubber, its eco-friendly yoga mats contain both natural and man-made components that are necessary to give their mats their properties. They said that they can’t disclose those components because they are each afraid that their proprietary formulas will be compromised and counterfeited.
Jade assured me that its yoga mats contain no heavy metals, ozone depleting substances, PVC, TPE, phthalates, formaldehyde or glues. Notice that TPE is listed as one of the things you do not want in your yoga mat.
While Jade is not the worst option, I hope to find a non-toxic mat without hidden ingredients, that performs well and does not cost a fortune. I would like to ask you to leave a comment to tell me if you are interested in learning about the results of my search because your comment might persuade a manufacturer of truly eco-friendly yoga mats to send me a mat for my review or even sponsor a giveaway for you.” Irena Webb
Update as of 1/21/2015: A German agency tested Jade yoga mats and found nitrosamines that are linked with cancer.” Ireadlabelsforyou.com
Micro-Fiber and Micro Fiber Yoga Towels – Are Polluting Our Oceans
“In an alarming study released Monday, researchers at the University of California at Santa Barbara found that, on average, synthetic fleece jackets release 1.7 grams of microfibers each wash. It also found that older jackets shed almost twice as many fibers as new jackets. The study was funded by outdoor clothing manufacturer Patagonia, a certified B Corp that also offers grants for environmental work.
“These microfibers then travel to your local wastewater treatment plant, where up to 40% of them enter rivers, lakes and oceans,” according to findings published on the researchers’ website.