What are Banjaara mats made of?
Banjaara Rubber Yoga Mats begin their life with a tree, the rubber tree. Once maturity is reached, the rubber tree naturally secretes a milky-white sap, the fluid then forms the basis of our yoga mats. The rubber is ethically non-Amazon produced which is fair-trade. The farms in which our rubber is produced are located mostly in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Our mats are made from open cell natural rubber – a biodegradable material that is sustainably harvested from rubber trees and manufactured without hazardous phthalate plasticisers, heavy metals or PVC, our yoga mats are not only safer for your health and our environment but has the best performance that your practice deserves. Nothing feels or grips like natural rubber!
Where are Banjaara Yoga Mats made?
We’d love to support the local Australian economy by producing our Natural Rubber Yoga Mats on home soil, unfortunately, we have not been able to source a manufacturer who is able to produce products that are eco-friendly. Therefore, we looked elsewhere and found a wonderful supplier who could provide us with ethically produced, eco-friendly products in Taiwan. The factory where our mats are made are sweatshop free and the rubber is sourced from South East Asia rubber tree plantations, meaning that they are Amazon rubber free.
Initially, your mat will smell like rubber, it’s natural. Natural rubber has a distinct smell, which will gradually dissipate with time. To facilitate this process, you may wish to hang your mat in a dry, shady, and ventilated room for a week or two, and between uses, if possible. Wherever you choose to hang your mat, please be sure not to expose it to direct sunlight after you have broken it in. We’ve also found that spraying your mat with a mixture of 50/50 water and vinegar and giving it a light clean, really helps to speed up this process.
Breaking in your mat:
Your Banjaara rubber yoga mat will need to be broken in, which is more like a getting to know your ritual. As you begin to use your mat, the top surface will naturally wear in, this will transform your Banjaara mat into your mat. Like a lot of things, your mat will get better with time, the more you use the more it will improve, just like your practice. Break-in periods vary, and your mat will become gripper over time. You may initially experience some slipping, though with daily practice this too will improve. Practice, Practice, Practice!
Caring for your mat:
Let your Banjaara mat breathe as much as possible, especially if you’re a fan of hot yoga, or work a sweat onto it. Wiping down with a damp cloth before and after class is good practice though not essential. From time to time wipe with just a dilute vinegar in warm water solution, normal white household vinegar, which is great for removing excess or build-up of grime & oils etc.
Avoid contact with oils and store out of direct sunlight as both these will aid degradation of the rubber.
Why do Banjaara mats cost more than other mats?
The price of raw natural rubber has been increasing over the several years. Natural rubber and synthetic rubber are closely linked in the stock market so the increase in oil prices which affects the price of synthetic rubber has had a flow-on impact on natural rubber prices. We try to keep our mats as affordable as possible.
Our rubber yoga mats contain naturally-occurring latex from rubber trees. It is not suitable for individuals with a history of latex and/or rubber allergies.
Types of Yoga
We recommend using the Banjaara Yoga mats for a cool to warm practice such as Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha or yin/yang. Hot yoga such as Bikram or yoga where the room is heated to a hot temperature is not suitable for the Banjaara rubber yoga mats unless you use one of our yoga towels which are specifically designed for hot yoga. Our yoga towels will protect your mat from a hot yoga practice, absorb your sweat and prevent any slipping.