Native to South America, rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) are tapped for their latex, the source material for all natural rubber products. While more than half the rubber used in manufacturing today is synthetic—from petroleum sources—we use only natural, tree-sourced, Malaysian rubber in our mats.
Our Para Rubber Yoga Mats come in four earthy colors: Storm, River, Rainforest and Tropical. The mat’s surface sports a striated pattern that makes each mat unique. Our Para Rubber Yoga Mats are equally sticky on both sides making them extra stable.
Fun Fact: How Rubber Got its Name
Rubber’s name comes from one of its early uses—as an eraser. When latex first arrived in England in 1770, Joseph Priestley observed that it was great for rubbing pencil marks off paper. In other words, the new material was the perfect rubber. Friction is what makes rubber the ideal material for an eraser. It’s also the quality that makes it a great nonslip Yoga mat. Plus, rubber is sturdy, flexible, sticky and provides excellent cushioning.
Caring for Your Rubber Mat
Rubber is a sturdy material—think 50,000 miles on most standard tires—but because the surface of a rubber Yoga mat is processed to be spongier than tires, they are a bit more delicate. Here are some tips for caring for your Para Rubber Yoga Mat:
- • To clean, spray with our PUREMAT® Mat & Gear Wash and wipe with a fabric towel or clean cloth—no paper towels. If you don’t have mat wash solution, you can use a 1:20 solution of mild dish soap and water. Wring out the towel, and wipe your mat very gently.
- • Do not use paper towels to clean your rubber mat. Paper towels disintegrate in contact with a rubber surface, so little bits of the paper towel will get stuck on your mat—very annoying!
- • Hang to dry.
If You Have Latex Allergies …
Some people are sensitive to latex. Since all natural rubber products are made from latex, people with latex allergies should not practice on rubber yoga mats. Symptoms of a latex allergy can include mild itching or redness, sneezing or coughing, and in more serious cases, anaphylactic reactions. The Mayo Clinic‘s website has great information on latex allergies, their symptoms and treatment.
If you have a latex allergy but are interested in using a sustainable Yoga mat, we have lots of great alternatives to rubber. Check out these eco-friendly mats:
Jute/PER: Sattva Jute Mat
Bamboo: Eco Bamboo Yoga Towel