Is your mat poisoning you?

Is your mat poisoning you?

Did you know that your mat could be slowly poisoning you?

Most yoga mats are manufactured with polyvinyl chloride, or PVC.

PVC is inexpensive and offers great gripping properties to mats. (I know I don’t want to be sliding around during my poses.) However, PVC has been listed by many organizations as the “most toxic plastic” currently in use.

In addition, toxic chemicals including: phthalates (endocrine disruptors) are added to the PVC to make the mats soft and pliable.  We are exposed to these chemicals, on our mats, by breathing in these chemicals and by simple skin contact.

I don’t know about you, but my yoga experiences include up close and personal contact with my mat.

Exposure to PVC through inhalation and skin contact can result in:
  • Obesity
  • Worsening allergy and asthma symptoms
  • Increase potential for heart disease, breast cancer, and Type 2 diabetes (Elephant Journal)
  • Developmental issues such as: inattention and hyperactivity. (Sarah Novak — Treehugger)

Pregnant women are at greater risk for possible PVC and other chemical exposures, because these chemicals can affect the reproductive system and unborn children.

The manufacturing process:

Can you imagine the toxic exposure the workers who help produce these mats come under?

Disposal and the environment:

There is no safe way to destroy yoga mats made with PVC!

  • They cannot be recycled because of the toxic chemicals used to make them.
  • When incinerated or buried in landfills, they release dioxin, a known carcinogen. (Oprah)
  • They are non-biodegradable, they leach chemicals into the soil and eventually the groundwater. (Dr. Mercola)
  • When burned, PVC produces hydrogen chloride gas that is extremely toxic to fish, animals, and the air.
Based on this information, is there a human and earth friendly mat available for your healthy yoga practice?

Yes. There is!

Blisscloud was conceived when I couldn't find a mat that was beautiful and also ECO.

I didn't want to be lying on a mat that was full of chemicals or breathing in nasties.

Blisscloud mats are made with 100% natural tree rubber, with a microfibre top layer. No chemicals or nasties and printed with water based inks.

Yoga, or whatever practice you do, is your time to pause and breathe.

And on a deeper level (I am a bit of a hippy at heart) the vibration of things you surround yourself with is important. That's why I wanted Blisscloud mats to be vibrationally high and sent to you radiating love and ready to inspire you..

..have I lost you? You'll just have to try one to see ;)

Blisscloud yoga mats are made with love. x

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