Barefoot Yoga's Original Eco Yoga Mat earns several recommendations as one of the best eco-friendly yoga mats. Made from natural rubber and jute fiber, the Barefoot Yoga Original Eco Yoga Mat is available in two lengths -- 72 or 84 inches -- and weighs between 4.5 and 6 pounds, depending on the length. Reviewers love the textured fibers, which provide a non-slip surface for hot or vigorous yoga. They also appreciate the yoga mat's eco-friendly credibility. Users say the Barefoot Yoga Original Eco Yoga Mat doesn't bunch or slide during demanding poses, but some say the yoga mat sheds fibers easily. As with most eco-friendly yoga mats, we also saw complaints that the mat isn't very durable. While the Barefoot Yoga Original Eco Yoga Mat is highly rated, experts prefer the Jade Harmony Professional Yoga Mat (*Est. $65) overall.
The Barefoot Yoga Original Eco Yoga Mat is mentioned in a number of professional reviews, including comparative tests at Women's Adventure magazine and the Om Shanti yoga blog. Natural Health magazine and FitSugar.com have brief write-ups, but they don't provide many details on how the yoga mat performs. The New York Times also features the Barefoot Yoga mat in an older test from 2007.
1. Women's Adventure magazine
Women's Adventure magazine gives the Barefoot Yoga Original Eco Yoga Mat a 4-star rating (out of 5). Although testers say the yoga mat has "excellent grip" and doesn't move or bunch, the Barefoot Yoga mat earns the lowest rating of the five mats tested here.
Review: Untitle, Winter 2011 Editor's Choice Awards -- Yoga, Nov. 15, 2010
2. Om Shanti: A Yoga Blog
The editor of the Om Shanti yoga blog has an in-depth look at eco-friendly yoga mats. Barefoot Yoga's Original Eco Yoga Mat ties with a Manduka mat for the top spot. The editor likes the non-slip surface and finds it durable enough for daily use.
Review: The Best (and Worst) Eco-Friendly Yoga Mats, "Eugene", March 29, 2009
3. Natural Health
The Barefoot Yoga Original Eco Yoga Mat earns an Editor's Pick award from Natural Health magazine. "The jute is soft to the touch and helps the mat last longer, while the natural rubber underside grips every floor type," says Daniel Mazori.
Review: Editor's Picks Yoga Mats, Daniel Mazori
FitSugar.com recommends the Barefoot Yoga Original Eco Yoga Mat for Bikram and hot yoga, since the natural fibers provide plenty of grip and help prevent slipping.
Review: Which Yoga Mat Is Your All-Time Favorite?, Leta Shy, Feb. 10, 2011
5. The New York Times
This article from The New York Times is several years old, but it includes details on five yoga mats. The author enlists the help of a yoga teacher to test the yoga mats, including the Barefoot Yoga Original Eco Yoga Mat. The tester likes the textured surface, which provides a good grip.
Review: For Some Things, It's O.K. to be Sticky (Yoga Mats), Jessica Cassity, June 21, 2007