The Afghan Yoga Mat is designed to inspire your daily yoga practice. Yin creates beautiful printed yoga mats to empower your daily yoga flow and work passionately to deliver unique yoga mats that are suitable for all types of yoga and all levels of yogi. Support your yoga practice with the Afghan Yoga Mat from Yin.
Yin loves their corner of the planet and are super keen to nurture it. Their yoga mats are manufactured from sustainably captured natural tree rubber bonded to a super absorbent and non slip microfibre suede surface. Yin yoga mats are free from PVC, silicone, and phthalates.
Yin’s microfibre suede surface feels lush to practice on, acting like a high performance sports towel gripping with moisture. Basically the more you sweat, the better you grip.
Caring for your yoga mat is easy! Yin suggests popping your new yoga mat straight into the washing machine to encourage the fibre to stand up and create the ultimate grippy yoga mat. You can either wipe your yoga mat down following practice, or simply pop in the washing machine.
One of the biggest issues with yoga mat production is the usage of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and phthalates (an acidic plasticiser that is used to increase flexibility). PVC leaves a heavy footprint on the planet. The manufacturing of PVC releases harmful dioxins (chemical pollutants) directly into our air and water. Once PVC is discarded, these dangerous chemicals can easily migrate into the groundwater poisoning nearby wetlands and streams. Phthalates are used in the production of PVC and are normally added to yoga mats to make them spongy and more flexible. Phthalates are a group of highly toxic acid plasticisers and are well known human carcinogens. Phthalates can also wreak havoc on the endocrine system interfering with hormone regulation and it is believed that exposure to these chemicals is the leading cause of reproductive disorders in humans.
Yin loves their corner of the planet and are super keen to nurture it. Their mission is to create a yoga brand that brings awareness to human and environmental issues, in particular the use of PVC and plastic and their disastrous affect on the planet.
Yin yoga mats are completely free from PVC, plastic, phthalates, and toxic chemicals. Their yoga mats are manufactured from natural tree rubber that is sustainably captured in Sri Lanka via a process called rubber tapping. This process does not harm the trees and does not require any culling of forest or vegetation. Natural tree rubber is recyclable, and also biodegradable, meaning it can be disposed of in either landfill or incineration without environmental damage.
Each yoga mat is shipped without any soft plastic. We ship via recycled (and recyclable) cardboard boxes without any single use plastic.