You may be wondering, how yoga mats are made? Well, we will discuss the 10 Steps on how yoga mats are made.
Yoga mats have become the most used yoga equipment in the past 50 years, especially PVC yoga mats. However, in the past decade, natural rubber yoga mats have climbed in popularity and earned lots of yoga practitioners’ trust.
At Best Power Yoga, we had also tested quite several different types of yoga mats. Eventually, we decided to go with natural rubber yoga mats due to their high suitability for yoga practice as well as their eco-friendly qualities.
However, making a natural rubber yoga mat is not a simple process. It includes 10 steps before a natural rubber yoga mat can reach end-users. Let’s find out how our natural yoga mats are produced.
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1. Selecting the finest raw materials
Our yoga mat is made from natural rubber collected from sustainable farms in South East Asia. On average, a rubber tree can provide resin for 30 years before turning into elderly age.
Once these old trees have aged enough, they are cut and new seedlings are planted in the original place. It is considered the best way for the sustainable growth of natural resources from an agricultural standpoint.
Being an all-natural raw material, our yoga mats are guaranteed to be biodegradable. They will decompose naturally after three to five years on a landfill. This will help reduce the amount of waste and give more space on our planet.
2. Compounding and Mixing of Additives
Since rubber tree consistency and quality are not consistent every harvest season, different grades of rubber must be mixed. This will balance out the consistency and make the yoga mat more stable.
Natural rubber is often just brownish in color. In this process, additives are added to achieve the desired color of the finished product.
The mixture is then stored in a cool, dry place to ferment for a couple of days in order to stabilize and fully incorporate each other’s properties. Think of it as a bread dough that needs to be rested and proof for better baking and better bread.
4. Clinical trials
A portion of the rubber dough is sent to quality testing to examine if it meets the standard of a yoga mat. The elasticity, porousness, flexibility, and durability is tested. If a batch fails, it will be stored and remixed with other batches for adjustments.
Batches of rubbery dough that passed the clinical testing will proceed with the production phase. It will first be heated up inside an oven and will be extruded as rolls.
Long sheets of rubber mat are then cut in the corresponding rectangular measurement of a yoga mat. These mats are stacked together for the next phase.
Each of our yoga mats is meticulously inspected by a specialist to detect if there are any defects or faults. Rejected yoga mats are sent to storage to be reused for the next batch.
8. Adding the Label
The labels are either printed or embossed or sewn onto the yoga mats.
9. Metal detector
The mats will go through a scanning machine for metal detection, before getting wrapped.
Our natural yoga mats are usually wrapped with thin plastic to protect them from being degraded quickly. A natural yoga mat is known to degrade faster in a humid environment.
Natural yoga mats by Best Power Yoga are guaranteed to be toxic-free, sustainable, and durable. We have a wide range of selections that will surely exceed customer satisfaction. Aside from natural rubber yoga mats, we also offer cork and PVC yoga mats.