Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), sometimes referred to as thermoplastic rubbers, are a class of copolymers or a physical mix of polymers (usually a plastic and a rubber) which consist of materials with both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. Thermoplastic elastomers show advantages typical of both rubbery materials and plastic materials and can be recycled and reused which do no harm to environment after discarding.
TPE yoga mat is mainly composed by Thermoplastic elastomers and other material closed-cell foamed under high temperature which makes it anti-microbial and easy to clean. This mat is Eco friendly with the characteristics of non-PVC, non-toxic, non-heavy-metals and non-irritating odor. Its good elasticity, durability and light weight make it suitable for travel and household use. By the way, it is popular among U.S. and European markets and high-spending groups in China.
It must be said, TPE mat is a new type of yoga mat which occupies a small market share currently, but it’s considered to have the biggest market potential because of the high performance and environmental protection.
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PU YOGA MAT
PU yoga mat made of PU material and Natural rubber material. This mat is a combination of incredible slipperiness and great environmental protection. Countless yogis have converted to PU for its persistent non-slip surface, even during the sweatiest hot yoga. Yogis will never have to use a towel during hot yoga practice.
PU yoga mats are exceptionally grippy, making them perfect for yoga. And because they’re made of natural products, PU won’t off-gas harsh chemicals. PU is also exceptionally durable and it is cost-effevtive.
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PVC YOGA MAT
PVC yoga mat is made of PVC resin powder and anti-tearing fiber open-cell foamed under high temperature. Open-cell technology means the mat retains sweat (good for gripping, but bad for bacteria) and oils, but making it more difficult to clean. The PVC material and density of the mat make it competent under any condition — outdoors, in a heated room, in a non-heated studio, and with gentle-to-vigorous practices.
In terms of eco-friendliness, the mat is made with PVC rather than TPE or another more environmentally friendly material. A concern with PVC is that it contains phthalates — substances that have been linked to health issues and negative impacts on the environment. However, no toxic emissions are released during production, and its lifetime durability results in fewer landfill dumps, still making it a safe choice for the environment overall.
There’s little doubt that, the largest market share is PVC yoga mat. Famous brand Manduka major products are also PVC material mats now. It beat out its category contenders for longevity by a landslide. By the way, if your brand is not that well-known, maybe you could try to choose the other material yoga mat to establish a market.
NBR YOGA MAT
Nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) is from butadiene and acrylonitrile by emulsion polymerization method. NBR mainly uses the low-temperature emulsion polymerization production. This material’s oil resistance, heat resistance and elasticity are very nice. But the cohesiveness is a little poor.
Therefore, NBR yoga mat is very easy to clean. Usually, the NBR yoga mat thickness is about 10mm or more. It’s definitely worth investing in a quality mat for added comfort, injury prevention, and improving practice.
In addition, NBR yoga mat’s price is lower than other yoga mat. Combining with the thickness and the price, a new yogi would like to choose this material’s mat.
JUTE YOGA MAT
Jute is a natural vegetable plant that takes only 45 months to grow to maturity, making it a sustainable resource. Jute cleans the air by consuming carbon dioxide, and the leaves are a natural soil conditioner. It’s clearly a smart and naturally beautiful choice for a cleaner and safer environment.
Jute(Linen/Hemp) mat is two-in-one yoga mat. Made from combination of natural jute fiber and eco pvc. The fiber of a jute plant keeps you in place due to Polymer Environmental Resin (PER), a nontoxic material. This mat’s unique look and feel are created by meshing jute fibers with patented PER, which is phthalate-free and safer for workers during manufacturing.
Jute has the added bonus of having antimicrobial properties for those extra-sweaty practices and is the senior yogi’s favorite.
Natural Rubber Yoga Mat
Natural rubber mats are made sustainably with natural rubber tapped from rubber trees, a renewable resource and unlike other mats contains EVA or other synthetic rubber. In a sense, natural rubber mat is everything a yogi want in a yoga mat – eco-friendly, incredible grip and great comfort. This mat also has antimicrobial properties that help keep it clean.
Whether you’re importers, brands, wholesalers, retailers, or a yogi, we must note that those with a latex allergy should not use the natural rubber mat.
As the saying goes, every extra penny deserves its value, this high-performing mat price is higher than other material mats. Generally, natural rubber yoga mat thickness is 3mm or 5mm.
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