Polyvinyl chloride - PVC

After 25 years involvment in the production of yogamats and after having experimented extensivly with other natural materials like rubber, PVC is still our first choice. The reasons are many:

  1. The energy required to produce a mat is one major factor to determine how beneficial a product is for the environment.
    - Production of PVC has an excellent energy saving record.
    - Our PVC mats are tried and tested to be long-lasting when handled appropriately - much more than TPE and rubber mats in the same circumstances. The shorter the life span the more of an enviromental burden the product poses.

  2. Emission of harmful substances during production is very low compared with most other material including natural ones like wood for example, which emits twice as much.

  3. We are also very sceptical of claims that " rubber mats are 100 % natural". Natural rubber disintegrates very fast under sunlight and oxygen exposure, and just like in any other industrial product the adding of chemicals is needed to make it into a more or less durable product.

  4. PVC mats do not cause allergies unlike rubber.

  5. Last but not least : The enviromental issue regarding rubber is very far from resolved. Increased demand for rubber means that even more tropical rain forest will be cut, since rubber trees grow only in the tropics.

It is problematic enough that tropical forest has to make room for essential food crops for growing local populations. However, cutting forest down for industrial crops like rubber destroying tropical biospheres and the living enviroment for many animal and plant species, is unacceptable. The diverse vegetation in areas like Kerala / South India and South East Asia is substituted with rubber mono cultures. Very few plants are able to survive under the shade of rubber trees. South India for example, already experiences a severe shortage of important ayyurvedic herbs due of this.

Environmental regulations in rubber production in developing economies are not stringently enforced even when provided. Industrial rubber transport from producing countries to most markets pose another environmental burden that is avoided by our production in the heart of Germany, arguably Europe's most central and well-regulated place of production.

Important notes for usage and maintenance

New yoga mats take some time to gain their final grip. The more you use your mat, the more stickier it becomes. The best way to wear in your mat is to do lots of yoga practice! You can also place the mat somewhere you will walk over it, with bare feet.
Your mat is machine washable: Use a little of a mild detergent and a cool wash cycle (not more than 30°C). Do not use the spin cycle. Give it quite some time to dry (do not use a tumble dryer or radiator)
Avoid folding or using your mat before it is completely dry, as this may cause some damage on the surface. You can roll your mat up with a towl and squeeze excess water out to speed up the drying process.
Compact mats may be cleaned using a damp cloth. It is not customary to wash them in a machine.