Is your kid's mat safe?
Mats are comprised of a variety of materials, some more harmful than others. Many of the brand names that are connected with yoga accessories, such as mats, are created with the use of these harmful chemicals. Seemingly innocent, these poisonous culprits are: polyvinyl chloride, (PVC), polyurethane, rubber, and latex.
yoga mats are made from PVC (polyvinyl chloride), also knows as vinyl, the most
toxic plastic (recycle code #3)
PVC is arguably the most toxic plastic. It's made with toxic chlorine which results in toxic dioxin being released into the environment. PVC products are also made using toxic additives such as lead and endocrine-distrupting phthalates, additives which readily migrate and off-gas during the use of PVC products. I especially wasn't comfortable with exposure to phthalates, which are added to PVC to make it soft and flexible (like a yoga mat), and which readily migrate to the surface of PVC products in which they are found. Phthalates also readily pass from mother to fetus through the placenta and are also found in breastmilk.
PVC is toxic during every stage of its life cycle.
- It is toxic during its manufacture
- It is toxic to the end consumers.
- It is toxic during its disposal.