The Quest for the Best Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

The Quest for the Best Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat

Amber Byfield
Sep 29, 2009

We tried yoga a while back, but the experience left us, well, not relaxed. Needless to say, that hardly-used yoga mat went straight to Goodwill. But now we're ready to give it another chance, after hearing nothing but praise for the health benefits, so we're on a quest for the very best eco-friendly yoga mat. Here are a few options...

A couple of years ago, there may have only been a few options on the market; but now, it seems that an eco-friendly yoga mat can be found around every corner.

Being novices, we turned to Google to search for a yogi with an opinion on eco mats, and found one at Om Shanti: A Yoga Blog. Here are a few of their recommendations:

Manduka's eKO Mat, $70
Manduka's Black Mat Pro, $90. It's not officially an "eco" mat, but it does come with a lifetime guarantee, a pre-paid yoga mat recycling kit, and is made certified emissions-free.
Barefoot Yoga Co., The Original Eco Yoga Mat, $72. Rated number one by the NYT as well, this natural rubber mat has jute on the top for traction.

For more from Om Shanti, click here. For the full NYT list, click here (but be advised it was put together in 2007 and obviously, prices have gone up since then).

But we want to hear from you: what do you recommend?

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