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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 PAHS
  • Expensive
  • Must avoid direct sunlight
  • May emit an odor when new
  • Can move during practice, depending on floor surface
Rubber
  • Excellent traction
  • Natural material
  • Biodegradable & recyclable
  • Non-toxic
  • No heavy metals, phthalates, phenols or PAHS
  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Must avoid direct sunlight
  • Emits strong odor
  • Contains latex, which may cause allergies