Cover The most eco-friendly yoga mats for your home workout (Photo: Alo Yoga/Facebook)

From recycled materials to non-slip cushion, these eco-friendly yoga mats aren't just good for your home workouts, but also for the planet

With gyms and yoga studios closed yet again due to the surge of Covid-19 cases in the city, we're going to have to stay in the comforts of our home to workout for the time being. Lucky for us, there are numerous fitness apps and online workout classes available to keep us occupied.

Now, more than ever, it's important to make sure that we're healthy both physically and mentally. Other than continuing your daily stretches and exercise, yoga is also a great addition to keep our body fit as well as to calm our minds.

Other than our workout routines, the pandemic has also affected the environment in so many ways. To ensure that we're doing our part in being sustainable while still keeping healthy, we're rounding up the best eco-friendly yoga mats––that are great for your next workout and for the planet.

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Alo Yoga

Alo Yoga's mat is where the magic happens. This cult athleisure brand has a number of yoga mats available but we recommend the Warrior Mat. Its luxe, matte finish and overall design help you stay on the mat and perfectly cushioned for joint support.

It's made with ethically sourced, premium and all-natural rubber which is all non-toxic and PVC-free. Choose from a number of colours to match your mood and enjoy its anti-microbial and slip-free feature for a flawless workout.

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Manduka is just what you need on your yoga journey. Of the number of yoga mats they have, we recommend eKO Lite yoga mat as it's comfortably cushioned with a natural rubber grip that catches you even if you slip. Its sustainable material is biodegradable and non-Amazon harvested natural tree rubber mat.

To top it off, it's also made without non-toxic foaming agents and the colour are non-Azo dyes that are both great for your yoga practice and the environment.

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Gaiam has always been committed to sustainable healthy living so it shouldn't come as a surprise that this extends to their eco-friendly yoga mats. Not only does the lightweight yet durable material provide cushioning, but the mats also feature a textured non-slip surface to support your joints.

The yoga mat is made from all-natural jute and moisture-absorbent making it ideal for hot yoga. What more could you ask for?

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Yoloha is helmed Chris Willey and his family, who have a passion for sustainable practices which started at a young age thanks to Willey's earth-conscious upbringing. The family is the team behind the first-ever cork yoga mat that boasts no PVCs, no latex and no rubber smells.

Not a single tree is cut down to harvest cork, instead, the bark is stripped by hand every nine years. This yoga mat is eco-friendly, comfortable and works for most yoga practices.

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SugaMats are made entirely from recycled surfing wetsuits but other than its recycled materials, it's also closed loop, which means that it's fully recyclable throughout its entire lifetime. You're further helping the environment as one per cent of SugaMat's gross revenue also goes to environmental non-profits.

Thanks to its unique material, SugaMats are built to withstand density, tackiness, elasticity and liquid permeability. Its closed-cell foam also doesn't sponge up dirt, dust or bacteria making it easy to clean. It's definitely a suitable choice to your blissful yoga workout.

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hej hej-mat

Made in Germany, hej hej-mat is an eco-friendly yoga mat that's 100 per cent recyclable and made from secondary raw materials. Its structured surface boasts an outstanding slip resistance. Whatever the environment, the closed-cell surface of the mat doesn't absorb moisture so it's guaranteed to be long-lasting and hygienic.

The logo itself is also made from biodegradable hemp. Not only that but each euro from your purchase goes to the EarthChild Project, an NGO in South Africa that teachers school children yoga and other life skills.

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