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Frequently Asked Questions

How are Yoganomalous cork yoga mats eco friendly?

Yoganomalous Cork Yoga Mats are made from 100% natural cork and tree rubber making them an earth friendly, biodegradable option for yoga mats. Read more below to learn how materials are harvested and processed.


How is cork sustainably harvested?

Cork harvesting is an environmentally sustainable process that involves removing the bark of cork oak trees (Quercus suber) without harming the tree itself. Cork oak trees are typically harvested for the first time when they are around 25 years old. After this initial harvest, the cork bark can be harvested approximately every 9 to 12 years. The harvesting of cork bark usually takes place during the summer months when the bark can be easily peeled off the tree. Skilled workers, called extractors, carefully strip the bark from the trees using a specialized tool called a cork axe. This tool allows them to make precise cuts without damaging the underlying layers of the bark or the tree itself. The outer bark layer, which is the cork, is carefully peeled away from the tree trunk. This process exposes the inner layers of the bark, which will eventually regenerate into new cork. After the cork bark is removed, the tree begins a natural process of regeneration. Over time, the tree will grow a new layer of cork bark, which can be harvested again in the future. Once the cork bark is harvested, it is transported to processing facilities where it is cleaned, boiled, and cut into various shapes and sizes depending on its intended use. The harvested cork is then inspected for quality, and any imperfections or irregularities are removed. Cork harvesting is a sustainable practice because it does not harm the trees, and the bark can be harvested repeatedly throughout the tree's lifespan. Additionally, cork oak forests provide important habitat for wildlife and help to prevent soil erosion, making cork one of the most environmentally friendly materials available.


How is tree rubber sustainably harvested?

Tree rubber, also known as natural rubber, is primarily harvested from the sap of rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis). The process of sustainably harvesting rubber involves several steps to ensure the long-term health of the trees and the surrounding ecosystem. Rubber trees are typically grown on farms specifically dedicated to rubber production. These farms are often located in tropical regions with suitable climate and soil conditions for rubber tree cultivation. The process begins with tapping, where skilled workers make incisions in the bark of the rubber trees using a special tapping knife. This allows the sap to flow out of the tree and into collection containers. The sap, which is a milky fluid containing rubber particles, flows out of the incisions and into small cups or containers attached to the tree. The sap is collected on a regular basis, usually every 1-2 days. To prevent over-tapping and ensure the long-term health of the trees, a rotation schedule is typically employed. This means that only a portion of the trees in the farm are tapped at any given time, allowing the rest of the trees to recover. Sustainable rubber farms often employ various management practices to enhance productivity and minimize environmental impact. This may include proper fertilization, weed control, pest management, and soil conservation techniques. Many sustainable rubber farms also incorporate measures to conserve biodiversity and protect natural habitats. This may involve preserving native vegetation, creating buffer zones around the property, and implementing wildlife-friendly practices. By implementing these practices, rubber farms can ensure the long-term viability of rubber production while minimizing negative environmental and social impacts. Additionally, sustainable rubber production supports the livelihoods of local communities and contributes to the conservation of valuable ecosystems in tropical regions.


How are cork and tree rubber mats sustainably made?

Cork and tree rubber yoga mats are a sustainable alternative to traditional yoga mats made from synthetic materials. Here's how they are typically sustainably made:

Cork Harvesting & Processing: Cork is harvested from the bark of cork oak trees in a sustainable manner, as described earlier. The bark is carefully stripped from the trees without causing harm, allowing the trees to regenerate and continue producing cork. The harvested cork is cleaned and processed into thin sheets.

Rubber Harvesting & Processing: The rubber used in these mats is sourced from rubber trees on sustainable farms, as described earlier. The sap is extracted from the trees through tapping without causing harm to the trees. The sap is then processed into natural rubber sheets or rolls, which serve as the base material for the yoga mat.

Combining Layers: The cork and the natural rubber base are bonded with high heat, avoiding toxic glues and adhesives.

Both cork and tree rubber yoga mats are favored for their natural, sustainable, and biodegradable properties. Additionally, they offer excellent grip, durability, and comfort, making them popular choices among environmentally-conscious yogis.


How long will my Yoganomalous cork yoga mat last?

A well taken care of, frequently used Yoganomalous yoga mat will last 10+ Years. Each mat comes with simple care instructions that if followed will prolong the life of your mat.


How big are Yoganomalous cork yoga mats?

Yoganomalous cork yoga mats are 6 feet (72 inches) long and 2.17 feet (26 inches) wide, making them 4 inches longer and 2 inches wider than a standard yoga mat.

How do you clean your cork yoga mat?

Because of the natural substance called suberin in the cellular walls of the cork tissue, Yoganomalous Yoga Mats are antimicrobial, making them more resistant to the growth of fungus, bacteria, and mold. However, body oil and debris can build up on the surface of the mat so a cleaning every once in a while is recommended. 

Care Instructions: Wipe away dirt and oil from the surface of the mat with mild soap and water as needed. It is recommended that you use only mild soap and water as harsh cleaners can damage the mat. Air dry rolled out. When dry, roll the mat up with the cork side facing out. Avoid direct sunlight exposure for prolonged periods of time. 


Are Yoganomalous cork yoga mats good for hot yoga?

Yes! Because of the previously mentioned substance in the cellular walls of the corks tissue, suberin, cork is extra grippy! Not only is cork naturally anti-slip, when cork gets wet the suberin is activated and creates even more traction between your skin and the corks surface, preventing slipping. 


Okay, good for hot yoga, but what if I sweat a lot on my mat? 

That is absolutely fine! On a microscopic level the suberin creates an almost tacky surface when it is activated by moisture, but it's nothing that can be seen or felt as its happening on such a micro scale.The interesting thing about cork tissue is that it is impermeable, meaning it is water resistant.

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