Our heavy-duty eco-friendly rubber base will comfortably maintain its thickness for over 5 years of daily practice and even longer if you practice only a few times a week.
Mats are shipped within 24 hours of order from our warehouse in Melbourne. Depending on where you live your mat will arrive within a few days to a week.
Absolutely. Buying a new mat that you will be practising on for years to come is an important purchase. We want you to be 100% happy with your mat so we have introduced free returns within 30 days so you can shop with peace of mind in-case your mat isn’t quite right.
For a quick wash after practice simply wipe the mat down with a damp cloth and let the anti-microbial properties of the cork layer do the rest.
For a more thorough wash use a small amount of soapy water to scrub the cork layer of the mat, wipe away with a dry cloth and leave the mat to air dry before rolling it back up.
It is important to avoid using general mat cleaners, essential oils or a large amount of chemicals on your mat as these can potentially damage the natural cork layer of your mat (it is tree bark after all!).
When your receive your Happy Nomad mat you will notice that the cork layer is located on the outside of the mat when it is rolled. It is designed to be rolled this way, as this ensures that your mat rolls out flat each time you use it and doesn’t roll up at the ends.
No, cork has unique natural properties that increase grip the more you sweat. This is vastly different to traditional rubber or suede mats that are notorious for becoming slippery when wet.
No, the natural properties of cork means that it does not absorb moisture which means it is impossible to be left with any residue on your hands after your practice.
We have introduced unique grooves to the underside of our yoga mats to ensure that no matter what surface you practice on the mat will stay in the one place.
Happy Nomad yoga mats are 4mm thick (standard yoga mats are 3mm). We believe this additional 1mm of thickness gives you the perfect balance between protecting your joints whilst still maintaining your connection to the floor during standing/balancing poses.
We have strategically selected 4mm thick tree rubber bases to ensure the balance is right between cushioning your joints and maintaining a sense of groundedness to the floor.
Yes, the methods used to harvest our cork and rubber means that not a single tree needs to be cut down in the process.
Our mats are designed in Melbourne and made in China with 100% sustainable and natural materials.
We use a cork top because 1. It is eco-friendly 2. It is antimicrobial 3. It offers unrivalled grip.
Our mats are made with a Natural Rubber base as this is the best material on the market from an environmental and personal health point of view.
Below is an overview of the common base materials used for yoga mats to provide context as to why we use natural tree rubber.
There are three types of common base materials used in the manufacture of yoga mats:
PVC (Poly-Vinyl Chloride) – This is a common base material but has a lot of negatives as it cannot be recycled and releases toxic chemicals when being manufactured.
TPE (Thermal Plastic Elastomer) – Also known as thermoplastic rubber, contains a combination of rubber and plastic which again cannot be recycled due to the plastic component.
Natural Rubber – The most eco-friendly material you can find on the market, it is sustainably sourced straight from rubber trees with no additional nasties added to it. This is what Happy Nomad mats are made from.
The rubber that provides the cushion underneath the cork layer on our yoga mats is sourced from the South American rubber tree ‘Hevea Brasiliensis’.
Rubber tapping is the process by which the trees natural sap is collected from the rubber tree. It is harvested by making a small incision (5mm deep) into the bark layer and inserting a simple tap to funnel the sap into small buckets.Producing sap is part of the rubber tree’s natural life-cycle which makes it a highly sustainable, renewable resource. Once the “rubber tap” stops dripping the tree is allowed to re-generate its sap reserves before farmers come back to harvest.
Producing sap is part of the rubber tree’s natural life-cycle which makes it a highly sustainable, renewable resource. Once the “rubber tap” stops dripping the tree is allowed to re-generate its sap reserves before farmers come back to harvest.
We recommend you splash a small amount of water on your mat before you practice. This added moisture will increase the grip on the cork surface. As you build up heat and start to sweat the grip will naturally increase however this can take time (especially in the cold winter months). After a few practices you should find your mat no longer needs the added water and is naturally grippy on its own.