Open air, yoga mats must endure twigs, sand, filth and grass, which all pose the chance of staining or tearing your mat. PVC is essentially the most sturdy materials, however it isn’t biodegradable. TPE is a polymer mix that may be recyclable, however it’s barely much less sturdy. Rubber is reasonably sturdy and it’s extra eco-friendly than PVC. Yoga mats are additionally out there in renewable supplies like jute or cork, however these are likely to lack in each sturdiness and traction.