With a huge passion for the environment I was becoming increasingly aware of how plastic pollution is effecting our beautiful planet, so I set out on a mission to see what could be done. My goal was to reduce as much plastic waste as possible while trying to reduce our carbon emissions in the fight against global warming.
After a lot of research I was struggling to think of something that could be done, so I picked up my Yoga mat and went to my local Yoga studio to clear my mind, and there it was… YOGA MATS! After a little more research I found that the majority of Yoga mats manufactured today are made from PVC which can not be recycled. PVC not only effects our environment but also our health as it is filled with highly toxic dioxins.
From a trip to Portugal several years ago I remembered the Cork oak when harvested breaths in 3-5 times more carbon than if left alone and cork is extremely durable so it just made sense. I then needed comfort, thickness and flexibility so rubber was the perfect combination. The way rubber is harvested ensures that the tree is not cut down and does not contain any nasty chemicals so by bonding the 2 natural materials together with non toxic glue the perfect Yoga Mat was starting to come together.
I then had several mats specifically manufactured to suit my requirements so they could be tried and tested on some of my yogi friends. The feedback was outstanding and I was more than happy with the results and from that moment The Earth Mat Co was created.
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