Let’s face it – with constant warnings of impending doom regarding the ongoing climate situation, we can all afford to be a little more eco-conscious. How does your yoga mat measure up? Are you in the market for something new? Regardless, these are the market’s top environmentally friendly yoga mats to accompany you in your practice.

I initially thought about writing this post with the intent to focus on environmentally friendly travel yoga mats. However, when I was compiling my list, I realized that my all-time favorite eco-friendly yoga mat is not exactly travel-friendly, but I couldn’t omit it from the list. I’ll specify which of these are travel-friendly as well.

What makes a yoga mat environmentally friendly vs. toxic?Woman doing seated garudasana on a 2nd wind Yoga mat, one of the top environmentally friendly yoga mats on the market.

There are a number of qualities to consider when shopping for your next eco-friendly yoga mat. How it is sourced, what it’s made of, ethics and sustainability, whether or not it’s biodegradable – all of these are important factors to contemplate.

Look for mats that don’t contain PVC – this is a plastic that’s responsible for that ‘new yoga mat’ smell. PVC also emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that we inhale when our faces get up-close-and-personal with our mats. Before embarking on my digital nomad journey, I was actually a VOC analyst, and trust me, you don’t want these compounds making their way into your body!

Cork and natural rubber are both great options for environmentally friendly yoga mats.

Best environmentally friendly yoga mats

Woman doing a modified gate pose on a 2nd Wind Yoga Mat, one of the top eco-friendly yoga mats you can purchase.