7 Reasons Why TPE Is The Future of Yoga Mats
TPE, also known as thermoplastic elastomer by yoga mat engineers and other fancy science types, is quite a fascinating material and it is changing the face of the yoga industry. A TPE yoga mat offers more benefits than any other material without any of the environment or experience damaging drawbacks. Just how is this material better you ask? Look no further, we’ve compiled all the information you need on this groundbreaking material and wrapped it up in one easy list:
1. Extremely Durable
Remember how we told you TPE boasts the best qualities of every mat material on the market? Well, like rubber mats, TPE is extremely durable and tear resistant. A TPE yoga mat can be stretched and pulled as hard as you can and they won’t tear or lose their shape at all. This is because of the elastic properties of TPE. No matter how much you stretch it, it will always rebound to its original shape. Pretty cool huh? But don’t take our word for it. Just ask our friends Goga Guys in Salt Lake City, UT! Even their Gogis couldn’t damage our TPE mats!
2. NonSlip Grip
When you’re in the middle of a great flow the last thing you want is the mat whose whole purpose is to keep you rooted sliding all over the place. Because of the soft elastic texture of TPE yoga mats, as well as the ultra ribbed design of our ZenDen TPE yoga mat, these mats stay in one place, period. Whether you’re practicing on a rug, wood floor, or tile, and whether you have all four limbs on the mat or some on the floor and some on the mat, ZenDen TPE mats will not budge. The grip is just simply too strong.
There are so many factors that make TPE far more EcoFriendly than other mat materials, it’s tough to pick a place to begin. Let’s start with the way that a TPE mat is made. To make a mat out of TPE the material is melted and formed into the yoga mat shape, which as a manufacturing process uses much less energy overall than mats of other materials. On top of the manufacturing process being less harmful to the Earth, TPE itself is a biodegradable material so you can be sure that this mat won’t contribute to landfills taking over the Earth at the alarming rate that they already do. In addition to being biodegradable TPE mats can be recycled and repurposed into new TPE products, so no matter what you do with the mat when you’re done with it you literally can’t harm the Earth! How’s that for EcoFriendly?
4. Ultra Lightweight
One of the best parts about a TPE yoga mat is how light they are. For example, each ZenDen TPE yoga mat weighs in at just 2.7 lbs including the carrying bag, making it easy for you to take your mat with you wherever life brings you. With a carrying bag it’s just as easy to bring a TPE mat to the top of a mountain as it is to carry it into the studio.
5. No Funky Odors
There are plenty of mats on the market that just plain stink, literally. Rubber mats and mats that use phthalates (chemicals added to increase the stickiness of the mat) fall in this category. These mats in particular are known to have a pungent odor to them that many yogis find disgusting and distracting. The undesirable effects of phthalates don’t stop there either. According to care2.com, “phthalates have caused cancer, infertility, testicular damage, reduced sperm count, suppressed ovulation and abnormal testicular development in tests on lab animals”. Check out that link to learn more about the other harmful chemicals found in other yoga mats. TPE is free of toxic chemicals and has virtually no scent to it.
6. Closed-Cell Material
TPE is a composed of a closed-cell structure, which essentially means it cannot absorb moisture. This is a great feature for hot yoga practitioners, but the benefits do not stop there. Because TPE does not absorb moisture it will not absorb your sweat and the stink that comes with it. TPE is also naturally anti-microbial and easy to clean. All the sweat stays on top and can be wiped away with ease so you don’t have to worry about bacteria building up on your mat.
As we mentioned before, TPE is free of phthalates, PVC, and all other toxins. Many yogis that have reactions to other mats or simply just don’t trust their chemical structure find relief with TPE, so if you have sensitive skin you can count on a TPE yoga mat to be a safe surface to practice on. Turns out what is EcoFriendly is human body friendly too, who would have thought?