Mats For Yoga & Meditation
If you’re one of the millions of yogis out there, you probably got into yoga looking to destress or to become more flexible. There are so many health benefits in taking the time to stretch several times a week, and the right mat or yoga rug helps us practice comfortably and reduce the risk of injury. We’re always searching for low-slip mats with plenty of support and just the right amount of cushion.
We’ve found six yoga mat brands that are all about keeping you eco-friendly and engaged in whatever yoga, meditation, or stress relief you’re into—whether it’s a long savasana, or you finally master that firefly pose.
Ethics | Handcrafted cork, recycled rubber, gives back
Our Pick | Personalized Printed Cork Yoga Mat
Price Range | $29–$169
The family behind Yoloha wanted to craft natural yoga mats that blended their love of travel, sustainability, and adventure. Today, they’re the team behind the first-ever cork yoga mat. They offer five different mat styles and a number of beautiful designs (including options for personalization!), so it’s the best gift to get for you and your yogi bestie.
2. Jade Yoga
Ethics | Natural rubber, sustainable practices, made in USA, gives back
Our Pick | Travel Mat
Price Range | $40–$180
Strong grip? Bold colors? Non-slip? Check, check, and check with Jade Yoga’s yoga mats. Crafted in the USA with natural rubber, they’re sustainable too: they plant a tree with each purchase. Plus, they give back to a number of causes throughout the year, including the fight against ovarian cancer and for autism. We’re big fans of their easy-to-carry travel mat, so we can get our stretch on no matter where we are in the world.
Ethics | Eco-friendly practices, natural/recycled materials whenever possible
Our Pick | eKO yoga mat
Price Range | $44–$146
No matter where you are in your yoga journey, Manduka has just what you need. They carry mats for beginner levels all the way to those doing performance-minded hot yoga. (Not sure which mat is best for you? They have a quiz to guide you!) OEKO-tex certified and latex free, their eco-friendly and natural mats are made to keep you cool and comfortable in any session.
Ethics | Recycled materials, recyclable, gives back
Our Pick | 5mm SugaMat
Price Range | $64–$99
Any brand that uses recycled and upcycled materials gets our seal of approval, so helllllo SugaMats! Made using recycled wetsuits, they’re embodying what it means to be eco-friendly and putting their money where their mouth is. And they’ve put a lot of work into it, too: their mats have been tested for density, tackiness, elasticity, durability, and liquid permeability and retention. So you can rest assured it’s a worthwhile investment.
5. Lottus Life
Ethics | Natural materials, biodegradable, gives back
Our Pick | Jute Yoga Mat
Price Range | $55
Looking for comfort? Lottus Life’s Jute Yoga Mat is a whopping 8mm, so no need to worry about your joints here. Using eco-friendly and SGS-certified natural jute fibers, it’s easy to keep clean with its anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. We especially love that they give back 1% of profits to the Karma Project to promote clean water. You’ll feel supported, grounded, and philanthropic, all at once.
6. Ekaminhale Yoga Rugs
Ethics | Ethically made, eco-friendly/natural materials, gives back, GOTS-certified organic
Our Pick | Yoga Rug
Price Range | $99
Crow pose, here we come with Ekaminhale Yoga Rugs. Hand-loomed in India with GOTS-certified organic cotton, these yoga rugs are better for people and the planet, since they don’t release micro-plastics like many yoga towels do. They’re also a great alternative to modern rubber mats since they help enhance grip strength for your asana practice. Not convinced you’ll love it just yet? They offer a 2-year warranty, just to be sure!