Affinity – a natural or inherent attraction or connection
Well done. You’ve found it.
This natural rubber and cork mat is soft, buoyant, grippy, durable, hygienic, easy to clean and totally eco-friendly. What more could you ask for? “Maybe a complimentary jute carry strap?” Ok fine, we’ll throw that in too.
So what gives our cork mat the edge over the competition?
We wanted to set a new standard for cork mats so we chose to go a little further with the 2E ‘Affinity’. We decided it was worth the extra investment to use a super high-density and exceptionally fine cork grain which means the 2E ‘Affinity’ is far more durable and resilient than a typical cork mat. Similarly we invested in a very high-density layer of natural rubber beneath the cork which again elevates the 2E ‘Affinity’s functionality and quality.
Want a little bit more? Ok here’s just a few reasons why you should welcome the 2E ‘Affinity’ into your practice.
Planet Friendly: Our 2E ‘Affinity’ is 100% sustainable, eco-friendly and biodegradable. It’s completely free of nasty toxins and doesn’t contain any PVC, plasticisers, glues or binding agents.
Bonus planetary information
The cork in the 2E ‘Affinity’ comes from the bark of the Cork Oak Tree in Portugal. It’s harvested sustainably from cork farms by stripping bark off the tree without damaging the tree itself. The bark starts to regenerate straight away and can be harvested every 9 years. Cork trees can live for over 200 years and have an amazing ability to store a huge amount of carbon. Stripping the bark periodically enhances the tree’s ability to absorb carbon and therefore the Cork Oak Tree plays a pivotal role in reducing greenhouse gasses.
The natural rubber in the 2E ‘Affinity’ is sourced ethically and sustainably from rubber tree farms located in Thailand and Malaysia. These trees are harvested sustainably and are not from tropical rainforests.
Naturally antibacterial: The surface of the 2E ‘Affinity’ is 100% cork. Cork is naturally antibacterial which means it resists the growth of mould, bacteria and odours. In fact, a recent study found that after 90 minutes, cork reduced 97% of the bacteria on its surface. Amaze. But what’s really awesome is that cork actually repels dirt and grease (that’s why it’s used in wine bottles) so it naturally stays clean and hygienic. I wish my house was made of cork...
Grip: The cork surface of our 2E ‘Affinity’ provides amazing grip for all types of yoga. The secret to this grip is a waxy substance called Suberin which occurs naturally in cork. When cork gets wet Suberin is released so the more you sweat, the more the mat grips. To maximise the grip before your practice you can spritz your mat with a clean water or cork mat spray if you like. The cork and natural rubber work beautifully together to ensure any excess moisture won’t pool on the mat.
Look and Feel: The 2E ‘Affinity’ has a clean and elegant look with natural tones. It looks right at place in a beautiful natural home yoga space. The cork surface is super grippy but it’s also soft and smooth. And we’ve added some alignment lines to the mat to help guide your practice. Every cubic centimetre of cork consists of approximately 40 million air filled cells. That’s a cool fact. This makes cork great at absorbing pressure and shocks and therefore perfect for yoga. The cork surface is backed by a high-density layer of natural rubber which means the mat will roll out flat every time and won’t slide around. The natural rubber backing works perfectly with the cork to provide a soft and cushioned feel that’s perfect for all styles of yoga.
Durability: The cork and natural rubber combination is incredibly durable and resilient. Cork naturally repels dirt and mould which keeps it in good condition for a very long time. Remember cork comes from the bark of the Cork Oak Tree which can live over 200 years so it’s got to be tough! We also chose to use a high-density and very fine cork grain in our mats which means the 2E ‘Affinity’ is far more durable than a typical cork mat.
Strap: Because you deserve it, we throw in a complimentary jute carry strap with every mat. So after class you can sling your 2E ‘Affinity’ over your shoulder and free up your hands to receive all the high fives coming your way for having such a beautiful mat 😊.
100% natural rubber and cork
Complimentary jute carry strap
183cm x 61cm x 4.2mm
Cork is naturally antimicrobial which means it resists the growth of mould, bacteria and odours and therefore naturally stays hygienic which makes cleaning easy.
If your mat is wet, let it completely air-dry naturally in a shady place before putting it away and avoid leaving it in direct sunlight for long periods of time.
To keep it simple, you can clean your mat by gently wiping it down with a soft cloth and clean water.
If you want something a little stronger, you can create a cork mat spray as outlined on our FAQs page.