A Closer Look at the Sustainability of Zebra Mats and Zebra Yoga and Fitness Tiles

Not all gym and martial arts flooring types are sustainable. Some are flat out bad for the environment. At Zebra Athletics, we try our best to produce environmentally friendly products, especially when it comes to our martial arts mats and fitness and yoga flooring. While they aren’t 100% sustainable (no type of gym flooring is), you will find that they are one of the more sustainable flooring options you will find on the market today. This is because of the materials we use, our manufacturing process, and the sheer durability and longevity of our mats. 

Looking for a sustainable flooring option for your gym or home workout space? Whether you are a professional or just getting started, Zebra Mats can be an environmentally friendly way to #trainwithconfidence. Here’s why. 

We Use Recycled Materials

At the core of every single one of our mats and yoga tiles is a 100% recycled, multi-density, open-cell foam that provides ample shock absorption. We use sustainable best practices to source our foam, ensuring it comes from recycled sources. The underside of our mats is an anti-skid surface that is made from a natural, non-synthetic rubber. 

Unlike the wood flooring used in many hot yoga studios, no trees are cut down to make Zebra Yoga and Fitness Tiles! And unlike many other types of rubber gym flooring, our tiles are made with as many natural, recycled materials as possible. 

No Harsh Chemicals

The surface of our Zebra Mats is a reinforced, closed-cell vinyl that is waterproof and easy to clean. It’s also internationally certified as phthalate-free. This means that no harsh industrial chemicals, which can harm the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system are used to create our vinyl surfaces. 

Our mats are also hand sewn and finished, which not only provides valuable manufacturing jobs, it also cuts down on the amount of machinery and energy we use to create our flooring! 

Durability that Lasts 

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. We all know the saying. The first step in becoming environmentally sustainable is to cut down on the number of products you use. When it comes to your gym flooring, that means investing in a long-lasting flooring solution that is durable and can withstand the rigors of whatever type of training or fitness routines you do. Our industry-leading martial arts and yoga flooring offers a 15-year product life expectancy alongside the Zebra 10-year warranty! Our mats are designed to withstand everything you can throw at them, allowing you to train hard without fear of damaging them. This not only saves you money over time, it allows you to cut down on the number of products your gym uses over time. Should you have damage to one area of your floor, you can simply replace those damaged mats with new ones. This keeps you from having to replace an entire floor and using more energy and materials. 

Better Insulation

Did you know that foam is an incredible insulator? It’s used in packaging for temperature sensitive products, commercial and residential homes, and many other industries. It is the best type of flooring you can use from an energy efficiency standpoint. Have a hot yoga studio where you crank up the heat? Having issues keeping heated or conditioned air inside your gym? Our foam tiles can help you cut down on your energy bills, saving you money while reducing your gym’s carbon footprint! 


When it comes to environmental sustainability, Zebra Athletics is your #1 choice for flooring options!