Ridgeback Yoga

ridgeback yoga rug - No Microfiber

ridgeback® No Microfiber

While the function of a non-slipping alternative to the yoga towel that has gripping function, we consciously kept microfiber out the question of possibilities for 2 reasons:

  1. It doesn’t work.  Yes, it’s soft, snuggly, lightweight, and folds up great in your pack on the way to yoga class in all the colors of the pallet.  Even with the dots, prints, or sleeves, they really don’t function well. They slip around (even the ones that say anti-slip), bunch up and twist when you flip your dog, and there really is nothing to help you grip the microfiber.  You’ll really come to appreciate that after using a ridgeback®.
  2. Microfiber is not good for the planet.  Really. We all want what’s best for the planet, and I’m certain that anyone reading this (or writing it) isn’t perfect.  It’s a constant balance of decisions. There is a better alternative.

Environmental and safety issues

Microfiber yoga towels are made from petrochemicals (not a renewable resource and are not biodegradable) includes polyester and nylon. While microfiber made from polypropylene can be recyclable, they have the potential of entering the oceanic water supply and food chain similar to other microplastics. Yoga towels are washed after every use where they can release materials and travel to local wastewater treatment plants, contributing to plastic pollution in water.

There are serious environmental concerns about microfiber products entering the oceanic food chain similar to other microplastics. A study by Patagonia clothing and University of California, Santa Barbara, found that when synthetic jackets made of microfibers are washed, on average 1.7 grams (0.060 oz) of microfibers are released from the washing machine. These microfibers then travel to local wastewater treatment plants, where up to 40% of them enter into rivers, lakes, and oceans where they contribute to the overall plastic pollution. Microfibers account for 85% of man-made debris found on shorelines worldwide.


Microfiber environmental concerns:


Multiple Towels per yogi

If you practice yoga in a heated environment and use a towel, chances are you have multiple. People have not just 1 or 2, regular yogis own many.  They are washed after every use. They are cheap, ranging from $20-$70, but we bought many. With a ridgeback®, a yogi needs just 1.

Reality using yoga towel

Every yoga towel claims to be non-slip and super absorbent.  The mat won’t absorb any sweat, so any towel helps a little, but the reality is any yoga towel will slip around, move about your entire practice, be soaked with sweat and even pooled with sweat puddles on top after many uses and washes.  And, they stink and get washed after every use. The ridgeback® won’t move, won’t pool, won’t stink.