ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Buying Eco-Friendly Yoga Props

Updated on October 8, 2014

Eco Yoga Props: Mats, Blocks, Straps, Blankets

Are you in the market for new yoga props and equipment? And do you consider yourself environmentally-minded? "Going green", and choosing well-made eco-friendly yoga props will help minimize the production of materials that are harmful to people and to the environment.

The most commonly used yoga props include mats, blocks, straps, and blankets. Much of the yoga equipment you can choose is made from materials that aren't particularly friendly to the environment during production. For instance, the cheapest and most common yoga mats are made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride), which during production releases toxic material and carcinogens. It's also not easily recyclable.

When it's time for you to buy new yoga props consider items that are healthier for the planet while you practice yoga to promote your own health and well-being.

I've included here a few recommendations for the best earth-friendly yoga props that I could find.

Image of my favorite yoga mat, the Jade Harmony Yoga Professional Mat.

Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats

If you practice yoga, you know that a yoga mat is the most essential piece of equipment that you'll use for your practice.

It's easy to find inexpensive yoga mats, but the majority of these low-cost mats are made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride). PVC is one of the most commonly-used synthetic materials, but it's also been called a major environmental health disaster because of the toxic byproducts that are produced during its manufacture.

You want your practice of yoga to help heal the earth, not to add more harmful toxins to the environment!

Best Eco Yoga Mats

Natural rubber yoga mats are my top choice

Natural Rubber Yoga Mats are made from a sustainable resource, and are biodegradable. These are not recommended if you're allergic to latex, or if you're very sensitive to the smell of rubber, but otherwise natural rubber yoga mats are my top eco-friendly choice. These three mats have at least a 4 out of 5 star rating by customers on Amazon.

Jade Harmony Professional Yoga MatCHECK PRICE

Manduka eKO 5mm Natural Rubber Yoga MatCHECK PRICE

Gaiam Sol Shakti Mat (4 mm) Natural rubberCHECK PRICE


Eco Yoga Mats From Synthetic Materials - TPE and PER

The yoga mats featured here are made from man-made materials that are PVC-free and latex-free. They're usually less expensive than the natural rubber yoga mats.

TPE (ThermoPlastic Elastomer) yoga mats are less expensive than natural rubber mats and are recyclable under heat and pressure. No toxic materials are used during production, and the waste material from production is recycled back through the production process. I have a few TPE yoga mats in my yoga studio, which many of my students prefer over the thinner mats I also provide. They've stood up well to frequent use.

PER (Polymer Environmental-friendly Resin) yoga mats are also considered more environmentally sound than the usual PVC mats. PER is produced from PVC but there are extra steps during the production which eliminates the release of toxic chemicals. PER has little to no harmful emissions even when burned, and it can be recycled more easily than PVC.

These four mats all have at least a 4 out of 5 star approval rating on Amazon.

Read More About Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats

Read about the pros and cons of various eco yoga mats and the materials they're made of in Best Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats. My favorite yoga mat (and the one I've been using for over 2 years now) is the Jade Harmony Professional Yoga mat, made from natural rubber.

Best Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats
An Eco-friendly Yoga Mat is a yoga mat that's made from materials that aren't toxic to people or the environment. Some eco-friendly yoga mats are made from r...

Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat
As a yoga teacher, and as someone who's trying to make more environmentally-friendly choices in the way I live, I've put much thought into what type of yoga ...

Eco Yoga Blocks

Eco-friendly yoga blocks are made from natural sustainable materials such as cork, bamboo, or balsa wood, or from non-toxic EVA foam.

Natural, sustainable materials:

  • Cork is from the bark of the cork oak tree, and is a quickly renewable resource since only the bark of the tree is used, and new bark grows after harvesting.
  • Bamboo is a very fast-growing grass, and can be harvested every 3 - 5 years. Bamboo is as strong as oak, and bamboo products are known for their durability..
  • Balsa is a soft wood, and also grows very quickly, making it another good sustainable resource.

Synthetic, non-toxic material:

  • EVA foam is a synthetic material that is non-toxic and is considered safe enough to be used for baby teethers, baby toys, and for equipment used in neonatal intensive care units. Unlike PVCs, EVA doesn't use chlorine or plasticizers in its production, both of which lead to the emission of toxic materials. EVA foam is a good choice for eco yoga blocks.

Cork Yoga Blocks

My Favorite Eco-Friendly Yoga Blocks

I prefer cork yoga blocks over other materials, and they're the only kind of blocks I use in my yoga studio. The blocks are light-weight, and durable, and I've never had a problem with any of them during the 6 years we've been using them. Cork has antimicrobial properties, which is a great benefit to yoga studios where many people will be using the equipment.

Cork blocks usually come in either 3" or 4" widths.. Here are my recommendations for buying your own cork yoga blocks. Price ranges from $13 - $20 per block. You'll want two!

Hugger Mugger Cork Yoga BlockCHECK PRICE

Yoga Monster Cork Yoga Blocks, 2 sizesCHECK PRICE

YogaAccessories (TM) 4'' Cork Yoga BlockCHECK PRICE


Bamboo and Balsa Wood Yoga Blocks

Good quality bamboo yoga blocks are a little more expensive than cork yoga blocks -- $20 - $25. Don't buy the cheaper bamboo blocks because they may warp and break, according to different reviews. The balsa wood block by Jade Yoga comes in two different sizes and two different densities, and costs $18 - $23.

EVA Foam Yoga Block - The environmentally safer foam block

I only found one yoga block that specifically says it's made of EVA foam. Most other foam yoga blocks are made of polystyrene, which is a material that may contribute to environmental and health concerns.

Eco Conscious Yoga Straps

Yoga straps in general are relatively eco-friendly, but you can go a step further and buy yoga straps that are made from organic cotton, natural unbleached cotton, or hemp. I recommend that you buy a strap with a metal buckle rather than a plastic buckle. Metal buckles are more durable, and more environmentally friendly than plastic buckles.

Manduka Natural Unbleached Cotton StrapCHECK PRICE

Aurorae 8-Foot Natural Unbleached CottonCHECK PRICE

Gaiam - Eco Yoga Straps 6' Organic CottonCHECK PRICE


Eco Friendly Yoga Blankets

The most environmentally-friendly yoga blankets would include natural wool blankets, chemical-free 100% cotton blankets, and blankets made from recycled fibers.

I prefer the colorful patterned cotton blankets made from recycled fibers, but you can't specify colors in the patterned blankets shown in the option below. Wool is very supportive, but some of us find it too scratchy.

Have you started using eco yoga props?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • KarenHC profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen 

      4 years ago from U.S.

      @SmartYoga: The Manduka is a very high quality mat -- heavy, but as you say will last for a long, long time.

    • profile image

      SmartYoga 

      4 years ago

      I have a Manduka mat, it's PVC but is manufactured in an eco-friendly way which feels great. It also doesn't wear out, so I don't have to throw away mats as they wear out... Thanks for a great overview, I'll definitely get more eco friendly stuff as I go!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)