The fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to landfills. Shop these brands for stylish activewear that will make an impact on people, not the environment.
We get it, most of us love clothes, whether it’s a nice pair of jeans or new activewear. But it doesn’t need to come at the expense of the environment. While thrifting, flea markets and clothes swaps are easy options, most of us aren’t big on stretched out secondhand activewear. For fresh new pieces to get moving in without making a big dent on the environment, check out these sustainable activewear labels.
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Looking cute has never been easier with clean and simple activewear that is made of recycled polyester from the ‘garbage island’ in Taiwan and recycled nylon from trash found in the ocean. Their cotton is totally biodegradable, and products come in a reusable pouch wrapped in recyclable packaging.
Their skin-like leggings are not only functional and beautiful, but they are also great for the environment as they’re made from recycled fishing nets. A percentage from every Lite leggings sale goes to Healthy Seas to help clean our oceans and preserve marine life.
What to buy: Lite leggings (about $107)
Where to buy: www.thereformation.com
This brand advocates for a whole bunch of great things – living wage and fair trade, protecting migrant workers, working with fair factories, as well as careful resource, material, and technology use. Their mission says it all “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.” You’ll be able to find stylish sports clothes and casual graphic tees that last on your body, not landfills.
The brand also has a washing bag that helps you protect the environment, even if you don’t wear Patagonia apparel. The Guppyfriend Washing Bag (about $41) reduces the number of microfibers that may enter the water after washing.
What to buy: Outdoor base layers (from $81)
Where to buy: www.patagonia.com or The Planet Traveller
Inspired by the sheep in New Zealand, founder Tim Brown created a line of footwear using natural merino wool. These shoes are not just comfortable, but they regulate temperature, wick sweat away, and are super breathable. They are flexible and supportive so you can wear them on hard concrete or on the soft mountains. The insoles are padded for support so you can run around in these sustainable sneakers.
Even the laces are 100 per cent recycled as each pair of shoelaces are created using one plastic bottle. They come in 20 colours so you’re bound to find a colour you like.
What to buy: Women’s Wool Runners (about $130)
Where to buy: www.allbirds.com
Possibly the largest yoga apparel brand, Alo Yoga first shot to fame because of its beautiful clothes. They quickly rose to fame because of the mission behind the brand – 100% sweatshop free and eco-aware. They use low-water dyes and their Los Angeles flagship store is powered by solar energy. Their headquarters in Los Angeles is also solar powered and they have an aggressive recycling program that reduced the office’s daily waste to that of a single household.
Alo Yoga is platinum-certified by the Waste & Resources Action Programme, a globally recognised and independent third-party organisation that promotes ethical, humane, and lawful conditions for manufacturing facilities. With free shipping to multiple countries, yogis everywhere can rock activewear that does not cost unethical labour and environmental impacts.