101 on PVC AND WHY TO CHOOSE A NATURAL MAT.
One might say it's too obvious - because a natural material is way better than the old-school nasty plastic! This might be true for many product categories, but why exactly are the ordinary plastic yoga mats so toxic?
Let's dig a bit deeper into the harmful substances of plastic mats.
The majority of conventional yoga mats are made from PVC (which stands for polyvinyl chloride). PVC's main component is vinyl chloride which is a human carcinogen and thus something you really don't want to practice yoga on daily basis. In order to make PVC soft and flexible, there are also other toxic components added - phthalates. Phthalates tend to leak out from PVC when in warm conditions - particularly an issue when doing Bikram yoga - and can attach themselves to dust which you then easily breathe into your body. When in the body, the range of malicious effects can get really dramatic, from birth defects, neuro- developmental problems in babies, fertility issues, obesity, asthma, and even cancer.
Why are pepe&wolf yoga mats NOT nasty? Not only that, they are actually great:
They are made of a natural rubber - which means no toxins, no plastics, no nothing. Just natural tree milk extracted from Para trees in Asia and South America (read more https://pepeandwolf.com/pages/materials-matter-natural-rubber).
So, the main takeaway here - choose a natural yoga mat over a plastic one. I'm not saying you have to buy pepe&wolf yoga mats - there are also other cool brands doing yoga mats from natural materials. Just don't harm yourselves while doing something great for your body - as yoga, or pilates, or some HIIT, or meditation... or or or!
If you want to read more about the production of natural rubber, follow the link below.