Most durable natural rubber yoga mat on the market
Made with a unique closed-cell top surface which prevents moisture from entering the mat, keeping it clean and in good condition longer than other natural rubber mats
Always stays flat during your practice
Contains no PVC or plasticizing chemicals
Biodegradable, non-Amazon tree rubber
Produced using non-toxic foaming agents
No AZO dyes used to colour the mat
99% latex free
Zero waste during manufacturing.
Being made from natural rubber without any preservative chemicals added means you will need to take good care of your eKO® mat. See care instructions.
One of the eKO® 5mm's best features is it stays really flat while you practice. It will never bunch or curl up as you move through your poses as it is heavy enough to remain flat always.
Be aware that rubber is a heavy substance so if weight is a consideration as you take your mat with you often then think about an eKO® Lite instead.
All rubber mats will have a slight rubber smell. It starts out obvious but after a while it mostly diminishes.
Taking care for an eKO® mat - DO NOT:
Wash it in a washing machine
Soak or submerge it in water
Use any type of soap or chemicals
Use harsh scrubbing cloth/brushes on it
Leave it in direct sunlight
Leave or store it in a hot vehicle or situation
Use the salt scrub method - that's for PRO® mats.
To clean your mat:
All eKO® mats can be cleaned by spraying them with Manduka’s Natural Rubber Mat Wash or TRIBE Eco Clean and wiping down with a soft cloth. You can also make your own cleaner by mixing 10% white vinegar and 90% water in a spray bottle.
To store your mat:
Once dry, roll it up with the closed-cell surface facing out. That is the top surface you practice on and has the red Manduka frog logo on it. If damp from cleaning it, allow the mat to air dry before rolling up.
The eKO® mat is a natural yoga mat made from sustainably harvested tree rubber. Unlike other rubber mats available today, the foaming agents used to create the eKO® are non-toxic.
Additionally, instead of using all synthetic polyester for the reinforcing mesh placed through the middle of the mat, we have chosen to use a blend of polyester and natural cotton.
To bond the two layers of the mat together around the reinforcing mesh we have opted for a heat process rather than glue as this is more ecological and stronger.
According to both customer feedback and published yoga mat reviews, the eKO® mat is a high performance mat that is also good for the environment.