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Manduka eKO 5mm Eco-Friendly Yoga Mat.

by Manduka

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  • Designed to provide the ultimate combination of cushion and grip
  • Made from non-Amazon harvested, natural tree rubber
  • Most durable, eco-friendly mat on the market
  • Does not contain PVC or toxic plasticizers
  • Developed over 3 years by yoga teachers


Product Description

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The Manduka eKO mat is a great choice for those who want a high-performance, durable yoga mat and are passionate about protecting our planet. The top surface is an innovative, proprietary closed-cell natural rubber while the sea-grass texture finish and superior cushioning are kind to your body and the environment. This natural rubber mat uses a toxic-free softening process and is free of foaming agents and plasticizers. The eKO represents a bright future for yoga mats - it leaves behind no footprint in landfills, but will definitely make a lasting impression in the studio.



Natural and Biodegradable

  • Made from biodegradable, non-Amazon harvested tree rubber
  • Only non-toxic foaming agents and non-AZO dyes used in manufacturing


Tri-Layer Technology for Grip, Durability, and Traction

  • Sea Grass surface texture is naturally grippy and durable--the closed-cell surface keeps perspiration from sticking to mat and breeding bacteria
  • Thicker, open-cell bottom layer provides lightweight cushion; can be reversed to function as the top surface for additional traction
  • Center layer is made from biodegradable cotton and recycled silk blend that eliminates need for toxic glues

eKO Mat Features:

  • Made from non-Amazon harvested, natural tree rubber
  • Most durable mat on the market
  • Developed over 3 years by yoga teachers


  • Designed to provide the ultimate combination of cushion and grip
  • No PVC or toxic plasticizers
  • Weight: 7 pounds
  • Dimensions: 71 by 26 by 3/16 inches (L x W x D)

To Clean:
We recommend using Manduka Mat Restore or a diluted organic cider vinegar wash (50/50) and a damp cloth or sponge. It is recommended that you do not put the eKOmat in the washing machine as it will encourage the material to break down (biodegrade). To Store: Do not leave the mat exposed to excessive amounts of sunlight. If wet, allow the mat to dry before rolling up.


Manduka's Green Mission
Manduka PRO series yoga mats, designed to last a lifetime (or two), curb the amount of PVC mats that enter landfills every year and reduces overall mat consumption. Also, during the manufacturing of most PVC products, toxic emissions may be released into the air. However, PRO series mats are manufactured through a process that ensures no toxic emissions are released into the atmosphere. The eKO Mat is certified safe for human contact by OEKO-TEX, an environmental certification agency in Europe for the textile industry.

Product Description

Made from natural tree rubber, has 5mm thickness and features a wave texture on one side and herringbone texture on the other

Product Details

Manduka Mat Overview Chart [182Kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 71 x 26 x 0.2 inches ; 6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000VW6WYA
  • Item model number: Manduka
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,967 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

The Manduka eko 5mm Yoga Mat the best mat I could have possibly bought.
Robert J. Powell
I don't know what the manufacturer can do about that since I'm guessing it's the natural rubber smell.
Stephanie Foster
The smell is pretty bad at first- it's rubber, so that's to be expected- but it fades.
Stephanie Chrisman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

121 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Zen Lightening on February 22, 2009
As a background, I have been doing yoga for more than 15 years and have used many different mats, both personal and studio mats. I am spoiled by the Manduka Black Mat, which for me is the best there is. I do different styles of yoga, Iyengar and Vinyasa mostly. I bought the Eko mat hoping it would be a good light weight alternative to hauling the Black Mat to class. Unfortunately, it is nearly useless. Yes, there is the smell, which I know goes away, I have another rubber mat (Jade) which had that smell but no longer does,. The Jade is also far superior to the Eko for practice, btw. My main complaint is although the Eko mat is touted to be sticky, it only feels sticky and in actual use I find my hands creeping forward in down dog (I am at least an upper intermediate yoga student and do not have this problem with any other mat.)I find this mat to cause a sweat to form under my feet, which makes them slip. I have washed the mat to the manufacturer's specifications, let it dry indoors - but if has gotten worse, not better. I am disappointed and will have to find another alternative. Manduka makes a great mat, but I really don't like the Eko - other than the obvious green factor. The mat also has a hardness to it that is unlike anything I have ever used, and it does not feel welcoming.
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By T. Collins on March 17, 2008
I got this mat for Christmas and use it at LEAST 2 times per week. I just began teaching Yoga and decided it was time to give up my other Eco-friendly mat made by Gaiam- which is TERRIBLE, by the way. This mat is great for the serious Yoga student. It is super durable and doesn't flake off even with vigorous practice. I practice and teach Asthanga and Vinyasa and my mat still looks like i just got it. The mat doesn't have that icky slippery film over it like most other mats, and you don't have to break it in. Another positive aspect of this mat is that when rolled out, the mat lays totally flat, and the edges never curl under. The mat NEVER slips on the floor. If you drip sweat onto the mat, it does get a little slippery, but i just wipe it with my towel.
The only downside to this mat is that its VERY heavy and smells strange, like cookies- its odd, I know, I cant describe exactly what the smell is, but it goes away in a few weeks.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Keri Anne Jetzer on June 22, 2009
Color Name: Acai
This mat has pretty much fallen in line with the comments I read before buying it, but a little work and a little patience has really paid off. 1)It stinks badly at first but I tried using the apple cider vinegar and then letting it lay open in my garage and that took care of most of the smell. 2)To my disappointment it was slippery on the hands when doing downward facing dog. That was one of the major reasons for me wanting a new mat. I spoke with other people in the class who have Manduka mats and they said it takes a little time but eventually that would go away, and, thankfully, for the most part it has. Now, I use a towel when I first start class but soon after I am working towel-free. Based on the progress I've made, I assume eventually I will not need one at all. 3)It is heavy, there isn't much that can be done about that. I figure I am going to work out so why cry about carrying around a few extra pounds before/after class. 4)5mm provides enough cushion for the knees. With my other mat, I needed to reinforce the cushion with an addition mat. I no longer need a second mat during my practice which I love. So, I was nervous when I first got this mat becuase it seemed to live up to all the bad stuff people had been saying about it, but after a little patience and perserverence, it is my favorite mat, and since it is a Manduka, I will get the pleasure of using it for years.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Harbinger on December 4, 2007
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I just got my mat in the mail yesterday, and from the moment I put it on the floor it was love at first sight. What a wonderful mat! I've never owned a Manduka before, but I have owned two other mats (the standard Harmony mat by Jade and another eco mat, the Earth Elements by Hugger Mugger). I was dismayed when my Earth Elements started getting abrasions all over the place after using it for less than a year (daily). So I sadly looked at other options, not thinking I'd find anything better (Prana and Gaiam make almost identical mats to the Earth Elements). Then I read about the Manduka eKO and decided to try it. Boy am I glad I did! What a great mat. It was sticky even right out of the packaging, lays super flat, and I feel incredibly grounded despite it's very generous 5mm thickness. Also, it's a bit wider and longer than regular mats, which is very nice. I've used it twice already, and I am never going to use another mat! Plus, it's 100% totally environmentally friendly, unlike the Earth Elements (made out of TPE). I'd much rather spend $65 dollars once and have the mat forever than have to buy a new mat every year because my mats keep breaking down! I highly recommend this mat.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on December 22, 2009
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When my not so sticky old $15 mat started to wear out, I decided it had a better use as a litter box mat for my cats to wipe their paws on...I did a lot of research for the best natural rubber PVC free eco mat, and it was a toss up between the Jade Harmony the Manduka Eko, I initially went with the Manduka after hearing the Jade wasn't as durable. When it arrived, I unrolled it and aired it out for 4 weeks, also I used the Manduka suggested organic cider vinegar mixture every other day to speed up the break-in process, I still found the smell to be overwhelming. I then tried rinsing the mat in the shower, and then using small amounts of a gentle unscented soap hoping that would remove some odor... well as the initial rubber smell is fading, it now has a slight fishy rubber smell that's worse to me then it was when I first got it, so now I can't even practice on it without getting nauseous :(. I'm hoping this will eventually fade, but in the meantime I bought a Jade Harmony mat which does have a rubber smell, but is not as bad to my sensitive nose.

As for the weight, thickness, and sticky-ness, it would be a great mat if it didn't smell. I do find it to be a little heavier then I would like, but the padding feels great on my knees. It doesn't feel like a super slide at all. In my hot yoga classes I simply use a hand towel to tame my sweaty palms in downward dog. I also like the fact that this is a closed cell mat, meaning more durability and easier to keep clean, unlike the Jade. I'm going to leave this mat un-rolled and hope that the smell goes away by the time my Jade mat wears out...

3 month followup: I have to say the smell has finally gone away, by using vinegar mixed with lemon juice or water mixed with Lavendar oil to wipe down my mat, and never rolling it up...
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