Yogeco Yoga Mat Facts
- The cork used in our yoga products are unique ethically sourced from Spain.
- Many cork yoga mats are very thin at 3-4mm in thickness, but Yogecos cork mat offers 5.5mm of cushioned density cork and 100% natural ground rubber – providing more than enough comfort for your knees, feet and joints. You will feel incredibly grounded into your yoga poses with a soft, comfortable surface that supports your practice.
- Eco-friendly and sustainable 100% Biodegradable, recyclable and degradable
- The rubber is 100% natural tree rubber from the Amazon Rainforest.
- Our mats do not contain glues, PVC’s, TPE’s or any harmful chemicals.
- Cork yoga mats have natural antimicrobial and antibacterial qualities thus making the cork yoga mat more hygienic and avoids bad smells. What this basically means is that any bacteria that makes its way onto a cork mat won't be able to live there which keeps them clean and in long-lasting shape is simple!
- Particularly great for hot yoga as the natural wax within the cork enables superior grip.
- Skin friendly and non toxic – smooth feeling and gives the sense you are close to the earth during your practice.
- Because cork yoga mats are self cleaning, the typical mat cleaning process isn't necessary. Even though eco-friendly cork yoga mat materials are remarkably durable for a yoga practice, over-cleaning or using abrasive products will wear out the materials faster.
- The cork is farmed by one of the most environmentally friendly harvesting methods in the world.
- Cork trees are not harmed in the harvesting process, since the cork comes from the bark of a cork oak tree (meaning no trees cut down). After the cork is removed, the tree rejuvenates its bark – a completely renewable and sustainable process.
- Cork bark rejuvenation absorbs CO2 from the air – the greenhouse gas that causes climate change. The more cork that is harvested and rejuvenated, the more climate change is prevented.
- Cork trees are the only tree in the world that regenerates stripped bark.
- Approximately 6.6 million acres of cork forest extend across Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia and France.
- These cork oak forests support one of the world’s highest levels of forest biodiversity, second only to the Amazonian Rainforest.
- Not a single tree is cut down to harvest cork, rather, the bark is stripped by hand every 9 years.
- Harvested cork oak trees can live up to 300 years.
- No bark is wasted during the cork production process, and the residue is granulated to make other cork products and even cork dust is used for fuel.
- Harvesting cork is performed completely by hand and provides over 100,000 fair wage jobs.
- Cork oak trees store carbon in order to regenerate their bark, and a harvested cork oak tree absorbs up to five times more [carbon dioxide] than one that isn’t harvested.
Yogeco products are packaged and sent using only 100% recycled or recyclable materials.
CLEANING YOUR CORK YOGA MAT
- Gently wipe the mat with the wet, soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge. The natural properties of cork repels water, so this wiping-off process removes the excess water and keeps the design of the mat from fading. You may see that a little excess ink is seen on your sponge. Do not worry about this – your design wont be affected as the natural properties of the cork will fight water and retain the ink design.
- Get to know your mat and its texture at this point. You will note that the water remains on top of the mat and doesn’t get absorbed. Your grip will be strengthened when the mat is wet.
- We recommend cleaning your cork yoga mat once a week
- Cork mats are self cleaning – please do not use mat cleaners as they will damage the mat and the performance of the cork. If your conditions are sweaty, you may wish to clean your mat more frequently just remember that over-cleaning or using abrasive products will wear out the materials faster.
- We do not recommend using any mat cleaner sprays, as they can potentially damage the mat.
- Once you've wiped the mat clean, hang it to air dry or wipe with a soft towel. Cork mats repel water and dry extremely fast.
- When it has dried off, roll it up with the top side (the cork side) on the outside. It's designed to be rolled this way, as this will ensure your mat rolls out nice and flat each time you use it.
HOW TO GIVE A CORK YOGA MAT A DEEP CLEAN
FILL A SPRAY BOTTLE WITH:
- 5 parts water
- 1 part witch hazel or white vinegar
- 2 drops (no more – or may damage your mat appearance) of one of essential oils are recommended due to their disinfecting qualities.
STEPS TO DEEP CLEAN A CORK YOGA MAT:
- Shake the spray bottle to mix the contents thoroughly.
- Spray the mat (not soak) and wipe it clean straight away with a slightly damp, soft cloth.
- Hang the mat to air dry completely.
- Once dry, roll up the mat with the top side (the cork side) facing the outside.
USING YOUR MAT
Using your yoga mat is also a duty of care to your mat - the more you make use of your mat the more it will mould to your body, style and flow. Using a cork mat is different from general mats and may take a little practice. If you find the mat a little slippery – check your alignment and if you need a little more support and grip slightly wet your palms and your grip will improve.