Why Cork 2
1. Cork Gives You Better Grip.
Nothing saps your energy or focus like having to constantly re-adjust your position on the mat because you're slipping all over the place. Unlike a synthetic yoga mat that loses its grip when wet, which can be both dangerous and uncomfortable - cork works just the opposite. By releasing a waxy compound known as Suberin - the more you sweat the grippier cork becomes. Keeping you firmly planted so you can remain focused on your practice.
2. Cork is Self-Cleaning.
Cork is naturally antimicrobial — it contains compounds called Phenolics which kills bacteria and fungus. This keeps your mat clean and free from the odour of perspiration. Whilst synthetic yoga mats often absorb and retain bad smells - cork naturally repels odours and emits a very subtle woody fragrance. This makes cork a great choice for hot yoga or for yoga studios looking to keep their shared equipment hygienic.
3. Cork Provides Stability.
The cork surface has a unique texture that is both elastic and firm. Million of tiny air bubbles inside each cork cell act to cushion and rebound weight. By absorbing energy on impact It keeps you stable on your mat, supporting you in even the most demanding postures.
4. Cork is Beautiful to Touch.
Corks is beautifully soft to touch and feels great on bare skin. It has a smooth velvety texture (non-sticky) and Its hypoallergenic qualities make it ideal for anyone with sensitive skin. Despite being soft to the touch, cork remains durable and can handle repeated, demanding use.
5. Cork is Sustainable.
Cork is a natural raw material that is 100% biodegradable, recyclable and renewable. Cork is harvested by stripping the bark of the Cork Oak Tree. The tree lives on just fine (no tree is cut down to produce cork) and as the tree regrows its bark it absorbs up to 3 times more CO2 from the air. Providing a net positive effect towards combating Global warming. It is estimated that Cork Oak trees in Portugal alone help offset 10 million tons of carbon every year.