After yoga class it's common practice to clean up after yourself — whether that means picking up your own belongings or putting away props, none of us want to leave behind a mess. But if we buy a standard yoga mat made with PVC, that's exactly what we're doing. Long after our own practice had ended, our yoga mats will be clogging up landfills. I doubt this was anyone's intention with their practice.
Luckily, more mats are being made with eco-friendly materials like natural or recycled rubber, cotton, and jute. Admittedly, an eco-friendly mat may not be as sticky as a PVC mat, but they will recycle and are better for the planet. And don't worry about slipping during Downward Dog, these mats are made using techniques and materials that will ensure you stay put!