Last updated on March 3rd, 2016

On this blog, you won’t find products made with PVC (polyvinyl chloride), also knows as vinyl. Unfortunately, most yoga mats and other gear are made from PVC, the most toxic plastic (recycle code #3). PVC is toxic during every stage of its life cycle. It is toxic during its manufacture; it is toxic to the end consumers; and it is toxic during its disposal. As consumers, we are exposed to PVC, through inhalation and skin contact.

The main ingredient in PVC is vinyl chloride, which is a known human carcinogen. We are exposed to the gas that PVC yoga mats emit.

Also, dioxins are byproducts of PVC yoga mats’ manufacturing and disposal. Dioxins are a group of toxic chemicals that share a similar chemical structure and induce harm through a similar mechanism.  They have been classified as a human carcinogen.  They are on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of priority pollutants.  They are persistent (they do not break down easily in the environment) and bioaccumulative (they build up in our bodies). Enjoy the list of safe gear products!

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