Aesthetic pleasure, top quality materials, ethical sourcing, clear manufacturing process respectful both to humans involved in it and the environment. These are our priorities as a result of our respective backgrounds that range from a masters degree in international environmental law and sustainable development to the ownership of an bio-organic cultivation estate.
Our mats have a double nationality! They are manufactured in Germany and designed and printed in Athens, Greece. Why did we choose Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) as a material? Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is the world’s most researched and thoroughly tested plastic polymer, and the polymer itself is non-toxic. Consequently, the quality of a PVC product highly depends on the quality of its additives, namely stabilizers and lubricants. Our German-produced yoga mats are made from medical grade PVC compounds in a zero-waste, zero-emissions process according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. Tested for more than 300 harmful substances. Our yoga mats are free of phthalates, heavy metals, AZO, DOP and latex.
Many competitors have started to focus on yoga mats made of “gentle on the Earth” materials like natural rubber, and we actually toyed with the same idea for a while. However, we rejected the project after taking a closer look behind the scenes of the rubber business. The world market prices for rubber have decreased drastically in recent years, sometimes even falling below the cost of production. Consequently, many mediumholders and rubber tappers are driven into severe poverty, while the rubber processing industries make a fortune. At the same time, two million hectares of rainforests worldwide have been transformed into rubber plantations in the past decade. This conversion results in a decline in biodiversity, leading to the subsequent extinction of many species on a global scale.
Being easy to separate from the waste stream, our STANDARD 100 yoga mats can be recycled at the end of their “first lifes”. The German PVC industry, including our manufacturer, has been making great progress in optimizing recycling technologies for high-quality PVC coated fabric, which is reused up to eight times within the existing range of PVC applications.