Eco-friendly activewear: Stylish, sustainable workout gear for the gym and everywhere else
Sweat in style
If you're anything like us, half the battle of working out is getting dressed. And because we're all self-proclaimed masters of multitasking, we want our activewear to do more than one thing at a time. It's no longer enough to feel good in our performance-boosting workout gear — we have to look good wearing them. Better yet, the brands we're spending on should care as much for quality as they do for the environment.
The activewear labels we've spotlighted here tick all of the boxes above. More than just using sustainable, quality materials in their products, these eco-conscious brands also do their part in workers' safety, fair wages, and environmental impact such as minimising waste water, choosing low-impact dyes and incorporating oxo-biodegradable mailer bags. Oh, you'll feel and look good in them, too.
Comfy tees, cosy hoodies and versatile sweatpants for him and her are bestsellers of this eco-friendly brand, which produces garments crafted with sustainable materials and processes by using organic and recycled materials, low-impact dyes and water-conserving washes. It's also heartwarming to see them support other sustainable labels in their "Brands We Love" section, showcasing with other products that fits the brand's minimalist aesthetic.
If you like variety and discovering new brands, this Australian e-tailer does a good edit of eco-conscious brands that have a strong commitment to the environmentally-friendly practices, from using sustainable materials such as certified organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo to ethical fair work production. Hit them up for activewear that are great for hot yoga, pilates and barre.
Flattering high-waisted leggings, sleek bodysuits and longline bras are signatures of this cult brand, which focuses on using recycled plastics. Each pair of leggings is made with 25 recycled water bottles, and offers high compression — ideal muscle recovery after medium to high-impact workouts. Its new range of LITE leggings is made with Econyl, a fiber made from recycled fishing nets and other unwanted stuff that would otherwise be discarded into oceans and landfills. So using this sustainable fabric helps clean the oceans, recycle waste, and cut out the need for raw materials like crude oil that is traditionally used in the production of nylon.
Launched by ex-Victoria's Secret model Tatiana Kovylina, this London-based brand makes us want to wear its pastel-hued pieces everywhere else other than the gym. Produced in Lithuania, one of the most specialised textile-producing countries in the EU, the minimalist bras, swimsuits, leggings and unitards use toxic-free fabrics that are friendly to both body and environment.
With a mission to "create a symbiotic balance between people, planet, production, profits and social stewardship", this New York-based company offers timeless tank tops, sports bras and leggings for ladies, as well as adorable rompers, hoodies and shorts for kids, all made with organic cotton or recycled polyester. Dedicated to improving the livelihood and economic prosperity of small and marginal organic farmers in India, Satva ensures that a portion of all proceeds are invested back into its local communities and agricultural programmes.