How do Second Earth yoga mats compare to others?
That’s one of my favorite questions because it gives me a chance to brag about how good our mats are :)
When we started this business our goal was to develop a yoga mat that ticked all the boxes in terms of sustainability but it also needed to outperform any other mat we had ever used. So we did a huge amount of research and testing to see how our natural rubber and jute yoga mats would stack up against the competition. The results are incredible.
Here’s a snapshot of how we perform against a couple of the key yoga mat criteria:
Grip – Our yoga mats are unparalleled when it comes to non-slip performance and that’s why we claim to have the best non-slip yoga mat in Australia. Since we launched, several yoga instructors have tested then bought our mats because they love the premium quality and performance, particularly from a non-slip perspective. The extremely grippy surface allows you to push through each pose with complete confidence and perfect technique. Our mats offer great support for all types of yoga and suit beginners all the way through to seasoned yogis looking to take their practice to the next level.
Durability – Our mats offer exceptional durability in comparison to other eco yoga mats and are comparable to PVC yoga mats. Some eco yoga mats are made only with natural rubber, which is great from an environmentally friendly point of view, but it means the rubber can stretch and eventually break down. Our mats are made with natural rubber and jute fibres. Jute is the same plant that is used to make hessian because it is exceptionally strong. The jute fibres reinforce the natural rubber in our mats which provides better structure, strength and durability.
What’s the best way to clean and look after a Second Earth yoga mat?
I’m glad you asked. No one likes a smelly mat :)
For optimum performance and long life, you should keep your mat dry and stored in a ventilated and shady place, ideally indoors. If you want to keep it simple, just gently wash it down with water. If you want something a little stronger, wash it down with a touch of vinegar and water: 1-part vinegar to 20-parts water. Or you can use one of the awesome natural cleaners available. Alternatively you can add a couple of drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil to some warm water and use that to wash it down. However it’s important to only use a couple of drops of oil as too much may cause the mat to get a little slippery.
We don’t recommend using anything with harsh chemicals or soap. Let your mat air-dry naturally in a shady place and avoid leaving it in direct sunlight for long periods of time.
Vigorous washing may cause damage to the top layer of the mat so remember to be gentle.
Do your mats contain latex?
If you’re asking that question I’m guessing you have a latex allergy. That sucks. In short, if you have a latex allergy it is extremely unlikely that our mats will cause you an issue but we can’t absolutely guarantee it. You probably already know that latex is a natural protein that occurs in natural rubber. Our mats are made with natural rubber and jute but we use a special technique to toughen the natural rubber which involves heating it at extremely high temperatures. This high temperature process means it's almost impossible for any of the latex proteins to survive however it is impossible to know with absolute certainty.
Does natural rubber have a smell?
Yes natural rubber products do have a slight smell which you may notice when you first open your mat. Most people tell us they like this natural aroma 😊. Occasionally this smell can be intensified during the shipping journey (the fun and inconsistencies of working with natural raw materials). But if it's not for you rest assured that it does fade quickly once the mat is out in the open. If you want to speed this process up you can give the mat a wipe down using any of the cleaning methods outlined above or just leave it to air outside (under cover) over night.
Are any glues or binding agents used to make Second Earth yoga mats?
No. We use a high tech patented process to combine the jute and natural rubber in our mats which means binding agents or glues are not needed. Pretty cool hey? And this also means our mats are one of the most eco-friendly options available.
Do Second Earth yoga mats come in any other sizes or colours?
All of our mats are 175cm in length and come in either 'Earth Black', 'Forest Floor Green' or 'Ocean Blue' colour. We chose the length carefully as it suits most men and women well. It’s also a good size for a packed yoga class where there isn’t always a lot of room! I myself am 6ft (183cm) and our mats serve me well.
Are Second Earth mats suitable for hot yoga?
Our mats can be used for all types of yoga and pilates, including heated yoga, however we don't recommend using them regularly in really hot bikram yoga. Our mats are made from all natural materials with no chemical additives so continually exposing them to really hot conditions can reduce their lifespan. As mentioned above you should also avoid leaving your mat in hot direct sunlight for long periods of time.
I’ve just unrolled my mat for the first time and it feels a little bit slippery. What should I do?
Don’t stress! 99% of people find that our mats are super grippy from the moment they are opened but every mat, person and practice is different and on very rare occasions a mat can be a little slippery when it's first unrolled due to a thin layer of residue being left over from the manufacturing process. This “factory layer” can be wiped off using any of the cleaning methods outlined above and it will be super-grippy again in no time!
The mat will naturally get grippier and grippier over the first couple of weeks of practice and remember, like lots of other mats, ours get grippier the more they are used. So keep downward dogging!
Is it true that your yoga mats are the coolest in Australia and possibly the world?
We’ll leave that to you to judge. But the short answer is yes. ;-)