I briefly tried their Manduka Eko mat (one I've been gaga over from afar). I've been staying away because I knew I'd be soooo tempted to just BUY IT. Tonight my mat was conveniently slippy from having another dunk in the tub from my sweaty Baron Baptiste heated class on Tuesday (and all the Guerrilla yoga!). I was pumped- this was THE TEST. I rolled it out (it was deliciously heavy) and got ready for my downward dog.... spreading my fingers on the scrummy, dirty surface.... wait a minute!! Ugh. Looks like they aren't super great at keeping their mats clean. Yuck. With all the stomach, swine, death flues going around, coming in close contact with more bacteria was not my idea of Karmic Zen. I held my breath, determined to give this mat a go- it's my choice eco-mat after all!!
It smelled funny. Not sure if it was all the sketchy yogi-funk or the rubber mat (although it didn't smell like my rubber mat, which smells like... well... tire). It also wasn't as sticky as I expected. Well, it was just as sticky as my Lotus Wear rubber mat, that was actually kind of slippery compared to it's regular life. I just knew that the smell-funk-slip would totally distract my practice and I was not in the mind space for that life lesson. So I quickly rolled it up before class began and settled back on my trusty Lotus Wear mat... which actually didn't do that terribly considering how long it soaked and my previous bathing consequences! The difference this time: I let it air dry for almost three days. I love that Lotus Wear is a Canadian company and maybe I started to panic a little prematurely about the little flakes... (see here for panic post).
I haven't quite put the kibosh on Eko Mat... but I think my next eco-mat real life exploration will take place with the lovely Jade mats.
I have been seeing a lot of TPE (themoPLASTIC elastomer) mats being labeled as "eco" friendly and "biodegradable" lately. I've decided that this is a whole post onto itself and will be doing a bit more digging to provide you, my fantastic eco-yogi/ni's with knowledge to make an informed eco choice :)
For now, Andrew and I are going to drink some beer, watch Aliens 2, and get ready for a big, wedding (not ours!) filled weekend! WOOT! :)