Not your average “sticky mat” this yoga mat made from natural hemp seeks to be your new favorite eco-conscious, sweat-absorbing, washing machine-friendly practice partner.
So, hemp. It’s natural, it’s earth-friendly, it has a ton of uses from food to clothing to building materials and, until recently, its growth and harvest was illegal in America. Yep. But thanks to some recent legislation and the legalization of marijuana in some parts, hemp is no longer super evil and is now permitted to be grown in 10 states. Good thing our pals in the Great White North have been on the ball. We came across this kickstarter for Supergreen and their Hemp Yoga Mat and thought, either these Canadians are onto something or they’ve smoked too much of their byproducts. (We’re leaning towards both.)
What caught our eye about this hemp mat is not just that it reminds us of the yogis of old contorting their sinewy bodies on woven mats (talk about slippage!) but that it brings up so many potential solutions to the problems we often have with yoga mats today: toxic, unnatural materials, hard to keep clean, lots of slippage requiring extra gear, heavy to tote around, etc.
This mat with its special grippy stitching, machine wash and dry ability and its built-in durability make it an interesting alternative to the “traditional” sticky mats these days. And no one paid us with anything green to say that.
Here’s a close-up:
Anyway, we’d love to know if this mat really “works” and if it might have an effect on what we really connect with when our yoga teacher asks us to press our hands and feet “into the earth.”
If you’re curious too, check out their kickstarter page for more info and to watch the campaign video complete with cute Canadian accents.