You can find some kind of plastic in almost any product you buy in today's stores. Production of plastic has increased 20 fold since 1964 and it is expected to double again in the next 20 years, and quadruple by 2050.
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is one of the most common plastic and is the main ingredients in most yoga mats that you can buy today. The process to create a PVC yoga mat creates many harmful by-products, many of which are released into the environment. During the production of PVC, lead, cadmium and organotins are used to make it stable and phthalates are used to make it softer. Phthalates are one of the the world’s most common environmental pollutants, 95% of Phthalates are made for use in the production of flexible PVC.
"one of the world's most common environmental pollutants, 95% of Phthalates are used in the product of PVC"
After the PVC is produced and in use many of the harmful chemicals leach out of the product, during its useful life into humans, and into waterways and the environment after the product ends up in landfill.
Plastics have no place in the practice of yoga, and LovEarth is committed to making yoga plastic free. Our LovEarth Yoga Mat is made from natural materials including jute and tree rubber and is fully biodegradable.
We are passionate about making yoga better for the earth. When you buy a LovEarth Yoga Mat, we will happily take your old mat and up-cycle it in one of the great programs that we partner with. Find out more about our work here.
If you are replacing your LovEarth Yoga Mat with a new one, you can trade it in and receive a free YogaHive Pass. We will then take your mat and compost it on your behalf.
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