Judy, a fellow yogini, told me that David Suzuki was on the radio (I think she said CBC) the other day and was talking about how bad yoga mats are for us. And well if your mat is made from PVC it’s the same as the water bottles we’ve been drinking out of for years. I’m not saying you should run out and replace your mat but having the knowledge that there are other products out there, will help in making a conscious consumer decision. I tried looking for the interview online or on his site, but came up empty handed.
Though I did come across this great article from Granville Magazine, that compares the leading eco-friendly mats available out there. The article gives a little history on how the yoga mat came to be, and great tips to consider when shopping.