PVC (polyvinyl chloride) yoga mats are characterized by good elasticity and anti-slip functionality. Yoga mats of this material are smooth when flat out on the floor and are of a moderate price. As you may have noticed, most of the yoga mats in the market adopt PVC as the manufacturing material.
Compared with PVC material, PU (polyurethane) material has better stability, elasticity and less compression variability. In addition, resistant to wear, low temperature, aging and oil, PU material can be used in fields such as shoe industry (synthetic leather) and medical industry. After almost eighty years of technological evolution, PU, which was created in 1930s, has also been widely applied to the field of household goods, daily necessities, and home appliances. When it comes to yoga mats, PU has also been welcomed and become an unique environmental friendly material of mats. PU non-slip mats are not corrosive when they are exposed to the sun, which means it will not corrode other objects despite of slight color fading. Although some yoga mats of PU may have a smell at the beginning, it is still non-toxic and the smell will disappear after a short period of time. More importantly, yoga mats of PU are absolutely anti-slip no matter how wet or dry the mats are. Therefore, when exercising, yoga fans will never fall on the mat or ground due to their sweat or dry skin. And better exercise effect as well as protective property will come out naturally.
In general, a PU yoga mat often contains natural rubber or TPE through the combination of several materials to maximize the advantages of PU.
5. Natural Rubber
Natural rubber is a kind of pure, pollution-free and environmentally friendly material. Yoga mats that are made from natural rubber is ductile, non-slip, resilient and supportive. Besides, they are smooth when flat on the ground, are light in weight and easy to carry.