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Yoga mat material selection

Update:21 Sep 2018
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PVC, TPE, natural rubber are all available in three mat […]

PVC, TPE, natural rubber are all available in three materials
The main materials for yoga mats are PVC, TPE and natural rubber. EVA is also available on the market, but EVA is relatively soft and odorous. Therefore, this material is not introduced too much here.
Let me talk about PVC first. It is the material that is currently used on 80% of yoga mats on the market. PVC is polyvinyl chloride, a chemical raw material that is not soft before foaming and does not function as a non-slip buffer. However, after foaming, it became the main material for making yoga mats. The yoga mat made of PVC is generally elastic, and the slip resistance is also ok. The price is the cheapest compared with the other two materials. Generally, it can be bought for several tens of dollars, so it is very popular in the market.
The second is TPE. The main features of TPE material yoga mats are good toughness, good elasticity and good anti-slip effect. This material is generally used in advanced yoga mats. This material can be recycled and reused, and it will not cause environmental pollution after being discarded. It is an environmentally friendly material. Because of the long contact time between the body and the mat during yoga, a non-toxic and tasteless green yoga mat is very important in terms of health and comfort. This material is an upgraded version of PVC, and the price is around 100 yuan.
The last is natural rubber. The natural rubber yoga mat has excellent anti-slip and grip, and has a long service life. In terms of price, the price of rubber is basically domestically produced at around 300 yuan, and imports can reach thousands of yuan. The environmental protection of the production process and the durability of the product for an average of ten years are also one of the reasons for the difference between the price of the rubber material and the first two materials.

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