What are our mats made from? HOM yoga mats are made from 100% organic cotton and natural rubber. No lasting chemicals or plastics.
How are our mats made? HOM yoga mats are handmade in India using the traditional 'Kilim' weaving technique.
Where are the mats made? Our mats are made near the birth place of yoga - Mysore, India. Our partners have been producing traditional style yoga mats for generations and each one is handcrafted with care.
How do I clean it? Our mats are made from organic materials so they are 100% non-toxic and washing mashing safe. Depending on how often you practice, we recommend washing your mat no more than once every month or two.
What is the difference between the 'regular' and 'extra support' styles? Our regular yoga mat comes in a traditional configuration of 29 x 76 inches and is approximately 1/4 of an inch thick. This degree of thickness is commonly found across Indian yoga mats however those who have knee injuries or prefer more cushion should select the 'Extra Support' mat, which is closer to half an inch in thickness.
What makes it slip free? Our mats are thick woven with organic cotton so the natural texture of the rug grips your hands and feet in place, while the rubber 'sole' of the mat grips the floor, ensuring your stay in place throughout your practice.
Why are plastic yoga mats bad for the environment? The majority of yoga mat brands seen in western culture are produced from PVC or other toxic plastics, even those labeled 'eco-friendly'. The production of yoga mats containing PVC is often a very environmentally damaging process, generating lots pollution (dioxin and PCBs). PVC products contain off-gas volatile compounds and, when burned in an incinerator, emit toxic smoke and generate unsafe working conditions for factory employees. Furthermore, the life-cycle of the plastics used in these mats often stretches far beyond its useful years, eventually ending up in a landfill leaching those chemicals into the ground or water supply. Our mats are carbon neutral, 100% organic and truly eco-friendly.
Why are plastic yoga mats bad for our bodies? Research shows that practicing yoga on PVC and plastic laden mats can be unsafe, leading to health risks such as damage to the liver, reproductive system, central nervous system and respiratory system. The chemicals added to mats to make them “sticky” are phthalates - to make them durable, toxic metals. Both can leach out with mat use and both cause cancer. Our mats are non-toxic, ethically produced and biodegradable so you can practice with a clear conscience.
What is the carbon footprint of HOM yoga mats? According to a recent study by Treehugger, the overall greenhouse gas emissions for the average PVC mat, including transportation and production, would be over 23 kg. The TPE mat, a common alternative to PVC or plastic mats, would be responsible for greater than 5 kg of GHGs, while an organic cotton mat releases less than 1 kg. Read the full article here: http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/ask-pablo-what-is-the-best-environmental-choice-for-yoga-mats.html