eKO yoga mats [100% natural rubber]

What is the difference between the PRO and eKO Series of Manduka yoga mats?

The Manduka eKO, made of all natural tree rubber, is the next generation eco mat. The eKO Series is our biodegradable line, providing superior slip resistance, and best for light to medium perspiration. The top surface of the mat has a closed cell durable surface and non-slip sea grass texture, while the bottom of the mat is open cell to provide the perfect amount of cushion. We are proud to say the Manduka’s eKO mat is manufactured without any toxic glues or foaming agents and is more durable than other rubber mats found in the marketplace.

The Manduka PRO Series is known as the Taj Mahal of yoga mats, the most sustainable mat on the market for 10+ years. Made of an eco-certified PVC material and manufactured emissions free, this mat is a durable eco-friendly choice. The surface texture is a fabric-like finish that is slip resistant even when wet from light perspiration. Manduka PRO mats are the thickest densest mats on the market, designed to provide extra cushion for comfort and joint support. Backed with a lifetime guarantee, the PRO Series is designed to last a lifetime or two.

I know I need a new mat, how do I know which one is for me?

Everyone deserves a soul mat! A yoga practice is personal, and so are the qualities of the perfect yoga mat. With the right mat beneath your feet, you will let go of any distractions and focus solely on your practice.

In order to meet the individual needs of our customers, each Manduka high performance yoga mat is designed with a unique set of features, and we’re confident that we have the one for you.

What is the difference between the eKO mat and other eco-friendly yoga mats on the market?

Typical rubber eco-yoga mats are generally spongy, due to the process that natural tree rubber goes through to make mats and the foaming agents that are used. Because they are spongy, the durability of the mat is compromised. Also, most eco-yoga mats decompose fairly quickly and become either brittle or overly elastic, especially when exposed to humidity and/or sunlight.

In order to solve these problems, Manduka created the eKO mat with dual layers - each having unique material properties to provide superior durability and the ultimate combination of cushion and grip. The top layer, which is denser and more durable than typical rubber, is engineered as the top side of the mat to provide maximum performance and longevity. The bottom layer, which is less dense and more sponge-like, is engineered as the bottom side of the mat to provide comfort and a layer of cushion and give.

Also, unlike TPE and other petro-based chemical mats, the eKO mat does not have “memory” from being rolled up and will lay completely flat without the corners rolling.

eKO - the next generation of eco-responsible manufacturing. The eKO mat is made from 100% natural, non-Amazon forested tree rubber. Aside from durability and performance, what sets the eKO mat apart is the care taken during the manufacturing process. Unlike typical rubber eco-mats available today, the foaming agents used to create the eKO mat are non-toxic. This means no toxic chemicals have gone into the manufacturing process to make rubber “spongy” therefore when the eKO mat is disposed of and biodegrades, it will leave behind no toxic residue.

The eKO mat is about the same thickness as PROLite? Do they feel the same to practice on?

The eKO mat 5mm and PROlite 4.5mm are about the same thickness and have been designed and engineered by yoga teachers to provide the ultimate surface on which to practice yoga. However, due to the different properties of the materials from which they are made they do feel different to practice on. The eKO are more 'spongy' than the PRO and PROLite.

The PROLite are made from environmentally certified PVC, with a lifetime guarantee. They are very durable and dense so feel more firm to practice on that the eKO rubber mats. So not as 'spongy'. Being made of environmentally certified PVC means they are easier to keep clean as they are a plastic. They are not as sensitive to sunlight and do not weigh as much as rubber. [Note the Black Mat PRO is 6mm thick but this extra 1.5mm of thickness does not feel any softer than the PROLite or the eKO.

The eKO mat has been engineered to be the most durable natural rubber yoga mat available on the market today. The eKO mat was designed with two layers of different densities to simultaneously provide comfort and durability. When compared to PROLite 4.5mm the eKO 5mm feel more 'spongy'. You can practice on either side of the  eKO mat but the 'seagrass  texture side is easier to clean than the other open-cell side.The 3mm eKO are great on carpet floors. The eKO 5mm are great on hardfloors.

How does the eKO mat differ from TPE and other petro-chemical based eco-yoga mats?

TPE mats, which are petro-chemical based, tend to wear out quickly contributing inorganic materials to our nation’s landfills. Also, the glue that is used to bond the TPE surfaces is toxic and has an odor that doesn't dissipate. The eKO mat distinguishes itself in its durability, natural materials, and it is scent free after the initial break-in period.

Is the eKO mat available in different sizes and thicknesses?

Yes, Manduka is proud to offer the eKO mat four distinct sizes:

eKO Mat - 1800 x 660mm size with 5mm thickness [Great for hardfloors]

eKO Mat Long - 2000 x 660mm size with 5mm thickness [Great for hardfloors]

eKO Lite Mat - 1725 x 610mm size with 3mm thickness [Great on carpet]

eKO SuperLite Travel Mat - 1725 x 610mm with 1mm [Not designed to withstand everyday use but superb to take away on holiday as folds so small.]

The eKO mat 5mm is more durable and offers the most cushion. The eKO Lite mat is designed for the yogi-on-the go who wants to travel lightly. The eKO SuperLite Travel mat is designed for that yogi that wants to fold their mat and take it everywhere they go.

Does the eKO mat oxidize like other rubber mats on the market?

Oxidation (or changes in color) is a natural byproduct of all natural products which are designed to decompose. By storing your eKO mat in a dry environment out of sunlight you can ensure a long life of use. To remove any film or discoloration on the surface of your mat caused by the oxidation process, use a light scrub with a solution of 50/50 organic cider vinegar and water, or Manduka’s Mat Restore (a vinegar based solution) followed by a rinse of clear water and an air dry. DO NOT PUT YOUR MAT IN A WASHING MACHINE! We have found that over time, the color changes that occur naturally both from practice and oxidation give each eKO mat its own individual personality.

I sweat a lot! Is the eKO mat for me?

Due to the unique properties of the eKO mat’s surface texture, it provides slip resistance with light to medium perspiration. Of course if you are known to create puddles of sweat, than we also recommend our anti-slip eQua towel or eQua Hot towel, made from eco-friendly microfiber material.

Do your eKO mats smell? Other rubber yoga mats all seem to smell.

Due to the properties of natural rubber, all rubber mats have a certain smell. However, Manduka’s eKO mat has been engineered so that the initial scent fades over time with use. The smell will dissipate within 2-3 weeks, or sooner if you leave your mat unrolled when storing. To speed up this process, you can also wipe the mat down with a solution of 50/50 organic cider vinegar and water or Manduka’s Mat Restore (a vinegar based cleaner). It is important to note that the smell is natural and not a result of off-gassing from toxic chemicals.

How do you clean the eKO mat?

The eKO mat can be cleaned by wiping down the mat with an organic mat cleaning solution. We recommend simply using a diluted organic cider vinegar wash (50% water / 50% vinegar) or Manduka’s Mat Restore (a vinegar based solution). It is recommended that you DO NOT put the eKO mat in the washing machine as it will encourage the material to biodegrade. Do not leave the mat exposed to excessive amounts of sunlight.

Will the eKO mat last as long as the Manduka PRO and PROLite?

The eKO mat has been designed to provide the ultimate in durability for a natural rubber mat. Its durability is great to or equal to any other rubber mat on the market and with proper care can last a long time if you practice gentle styles of yoga. There still is no other mat on the market that will provide as much durability and comfort as The Black Mat PRO or PROLite mats especially if you practice more vigorous forms of yoga.

How much do the eKO range of mats weigh?

Weighing in at 2.7kg, the eKO 5mm mat is about 1kg heavier than the PROLite 5mm mat which is 1.8kg. The eKO 5mm mat is substantial and worth the weight as the dual-layer design provides maximum cushion and durability. So if you want a rubber yoga mat but need a lighter option then consider the 1.6kg eKO Lite mat or the even lighter, more portable travel option is the eKO SuperLite weighing in at just under 1kg.

The eKO mat is heavy – why?

The eKO mat weighs about 2.7kg, heavy compared to a typical yoga mat, and about the same weight as the Black Mat® PRO. The eKO mat is engineered to be durable and provide a high performance surface, like the best-selling Black Mat® PRO; this is what adds to the weight. Those on the mat state it’s “worth the weight”, as the dual-layer developed for the eKO mat ensures maximum cushion and longevity. For customers who want a lighter option, we offer the 1.6kg eKO Lite and the 1kg eKO SuperLite.

What about latex allergies with rubber mats?

Through Manduka's manufacturing process, the eKO mat is 99% latex free, and safe to use for people with latex sensitivities. However, if you know you are sensitive to even traces of latex then we recommend you purchase from our PRO Series yoga mats.

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