Yoga is great. It’s great for stretching, great for building up your physical strength, it’s great for improving your breathing, and it’s great for relaxation as well.
It’s something that’s incredibly natural and wholesome but, surprisingly and unfortunately, a lot of yoga products aren’t: most yoga products, particularly yoga mats, are made from plastic and other non-sustainable materials.
Thankfully it turns out that cork is not only great for storing wine, but it’s also perfect for making yoga mats and other yoga products like yoga blocks as well. If you’re looking for a new yoga mat, you should definitely get a cork one.
It’s not that I’m biased. Portugal may be the world’s biggest cork producer, and this is a blog all about Portugal, but that definitely isn’t the only reason to buy cork. These yoga mats also look great, are completely natural, they’re sustainable, and they’re great for sweaty hands and feet.
If you’re convinced, check out the following producers. Or, if you’re not quite convinced yet, read on to see what makes them so great.
- yolohayoga.com – Based in the US, ships to the US and worldwide.
- Cultura Portuguesa – Based in Porto, Portugal, and ships worldwide.
- corkyogis.com – Based in the UK, delivers to Europe, the US, and Canada.
- theasanasyoga.com – Based in Norway, ships worldwide.
Cork yoga mats look great
Cork yoga mats also look much nicer than regular yoga mats, you have to admit. I’ve owned a few normal yoga mats over the years, and they tend to look quite scruffy (even when they’re new).
These yoga mats on the other hand are very stylish and look incredibly unique.
Cork is completely natural
Unlike many products that are used to make yoga mats and other products, cork yoga mats are completely natural which really fits with the yoga ethos.
Cork is entirely sustainable
The cork industry is completely renewable and sustainable: cork trees are never harmed or cut down, and there are strict laws in place that dictate how often producers can harvest cork.
If anything happens to your yoga mat, or you decide to throw it away and get a new one, the good news is that cork is biodegradable. It’s not going to spend the next few centuries clogging up a landfill somewhere.
Cork is great for sweaty hands and feet
Hippy dippy benefits aside, and those are definitely important, cork is actually the perfect material to make yoga mats with. The texture of cork is incredibly absorbent, and your grip actually improves the more you sweat (great news for those of us who sweat a lot).
Easy to clean and maintain
Cork yoga mats are surprisingly easy to clean and maintain. You can wipe it down with a standard antibacterial product and, as with a normal yoga mat, it’s recommended that you do this at least once per week.
Cork yoga mats benefit Portugal
Portugal is the largest cork producer in the world and it’s responsible for 50% of the world’s cork production. Although there are a lot of cork yoga mat producers in the United States, Australia, and throughout the world, almost all of them will use cork that comes from Portugal.