Here Are 5 Sustainable Activewear Brands to Wear to the Gym
2020 is all about staying healthy and being eco-friendly.
With sustainability becoming one of the biggest keywords in the realm of fashion, more and more companies have been introducing environmentally-friendly and ethically sourced activewear options. As forecasted by Lyst, sustainable activewear will be one of 2020’s biggest trends. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best brands from this category.
One of the brands featured in our selection is Girlfriend Collective, a Seattle-based label creating leggings from recycled water bottles at a factory that guarantees fair wages and safe working conditions for its employees. In the same vein, Outdoor Voices focuses on building materials with longevity and circularity to reduce landfills and develop solutions to repurpose and recycle used products. Also included on our list are brands like First Base, which uses repurposed polyester yarn, and Organic Basics, which promises to work with factories that operate safely and sustainably.
Scroll down below to learn more about some of the best sustainable activewear brands on the market.
Founded in 2016 by husband-and-wife duo Ellie and Quang Dinh in Seattle, Girlfriend Collective is all about executing eco-friendly practices and being transparent to its customers. Not only are the brand’s leggings, bras, tops and shorts created with recycled materials like fishing nets, polyester and used bottles, but its packaging is also 100 percent recycled and recyclable. Just by visiting the label’s website you’ll realize how transparent it tries to be — it’s stated that all textiles are manufactured at a Taiwan-based facility that creates sustainable and high-quality fabrics, and that the fabrics are then cut and sewn in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Outdoor Voices operates under two keywords to reduce its environmental impact: longevity and circularity. With fabric processing being one of the key players in polluting our planet, the brand prioritizes solutions for raw materials by using alternatives such as RecPoly made from recycled PET, merino wool ethically sourced from New Zealand and Australia, as well as MegaFleece made with recycled wool. The company also pays attention to packaging by distributing reusable totes and making sure all online orders arrive in 100 percent recycled paper envelopes or recyclable boxes. Its headquarters in Austin runs a carless commuter program, while its shops employ sustainable design elements.
“The fashion industry is a dirty bastard,” Organic Basics’ website boldly declares. The label, which works only with certified factory partners who have the same sustainable vision, makes its well-loved activewear and underwear using fabrics like organic cotton, recycled nylon, and TENCEL™ Lyocell made from eucalyptus trees. Shopping sustainably is made easier on the brand’s website with its Impact Index, which shows on each product page the amount of carbon dioxide emissions prevented, chemicals saved and waste prevented from purchasing that specific item.
Other than using organic cotton, recycled nylon and bamboo fiber in its designs, Australia-based First Base aims to reduce its impact as much as possible by using biodegradable plastics for its packaging – the D2W plastic used for its polybags degrade completely in three to five years. The label also uses recycled paper for its shopping bags as well as swing tags and invoices.
As of 2018, Vege Threads joined 1% for the Planet, an international alliance created by the founders of Patagonia which commit to creating a healthy planet. A portion of the brand’s profits are donated to the organization for environmental projects. The label manufactures its products directly in Melbourne, where the headquarters is based, with cotton jersey fabrics dyed locally to maintain a transparent supply chain. Materials used include organic cotton, hemp, 100 percent merino wool and natural dyes.