Migliaccio & Rathod LLP is currently investigating yoga mats which are deceptively marketed as being made of ‘eco-friendly’ materials. Laboratory testing by the Ecology Center found the following differences between what a yoga mat was purportedly made of and its actual material makeup:
- Yoga mats made out of polymer environment resin, labeled PER, were made of vinyl, or PVC, which is a material that causes the release of toxic and persistent chemicals during manufacture and disposal.
- A yoga mat advertised as “organic jute and PER” was made mostly of PVC with a single layer of jute.
- The yoga mats made of PVC contained the plasticizer DOTP, a substitute for phthalates that is likely safer but needs more research.
- A yoga mat made of recycled wetsuits contained phthalates, a hazardous class of plasticizers.
Of the eleven mats tested by the Ecology Center, three were found to largely consist of PVC, including: Ajna Natural Jute, Aurorae Synergy 2-in-1, and GAIAM Premium Yoga Mat 6mm.
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