New workout gear can make you look good and feel good about yourself, but what if it also made you feel good about the planet?
There is a new era of athleisure and exercise clothes hitting the shelves that has a focus on sustainability. This comes in the form of recycled materials, a focus on reducing carbon emissions and cutting out unnecessary waste. The best part? The looks are super stylish and made for a good sweat sesh, too. Here are ten brands we are excited about.
Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Leggings
Not only will you look stylish in these chic leggings, but you can also feel good about wearing them. Made from recycled water bottles, you’ll still get that great stretch and compressive fit you want from your workout clothes. They take sustainability steps further using eco-friendly dyes, properly disposing of their water waste and even offering customers a way to capture those microfibers that release from most of our comfy clothes with this filter.
For a day of yoga or stretching, these recycled polyester from Repreve Recycle fibers (made with 28 plastic bottles!) and spandex pants are the perfect fit. The fabric is blue sign certified for having the lowest impact on the environment, but that doesn’t mean it can’t hold up to a great workout! These pants are moisture-wicking with four-way stretch, so you can pigeon and downward dog with little worry.
This bralette, perfect for any low impact workout, is made from plant-based fiber that comes from beech trees. Lacher Prise is focused on sustainability in all that they do, from reusing chemicals to making sure they produce in an ethical workspace. They also produce their clothing in small batches to avoid unnecessary excess, and you can rock this bralette while exercising, lounging or as a layering piece. For every $50.00 spent, the company donates one tree to help offset carbon emissions.
Even bigger brands are getting in on the sustainability game, like Adidas with their Terrex Two shoes, which are perfect for running in the outdoors. The upper of the shoe is made from 50% Parley Ocean plastic and 50% recycled polyester.
Plastic is a huge problem in the oceans, but so is the nylon from fishing nets. Bravissimo has found a way to make a super cute tie-dye seamless crop (supportive enough for all breast sizes!) with the nylon from these nets in a material called Econyl, which pulls in some of those plastics and other fabrics too. They also have a bra recycling program to make sure their clothes don’t go back in the landfill when their customers are done.
Say namaste on this yoga mat made entirely from recycled wetsuits. Wetsuits are sturdy, cushioned and great when in use, but neoprene wetsuits are not biodegradable. A lover of surfing and yoga came up with the genius idea to turn them into yoga mats and created a closed loop brand, meaning the mats can be recycled at the end of their journey. They’re antimicrobial, grippier than your typical mat and sleek looking as well.
You may already love this company for their cute color block swimsuits, but did you know that they are also focused on sustainability? Their activewear is made partially from recycled water bottles, like these fun splatter paint biker shorts. They even ship all of their clothes in bags made from recycled materials.
Perhaps the OGs of sustainability, you can always be assured that Patagonia is doing the right thing for the environment all while making clothes that are built to last. This fair trade certified running tank made from recycled polyester will keep you cool on your runs with odor control material, to save on unnecessary trips (and water waste!) from the washing machine.
Wolven is on a mission to make sustainability sexy. This 4-way top can be worn — you guessed it — four ways, from reversible to different top configurations. All of their clothes are carbon neutral, and this top is made from recycled PET fabrics made from ocean plastic with a vegan suede finish. Their products are super soft too; you’ll want to wear them again and again.
These toeless socks are the perfect grippers for dance, pilates, barre or even martial arts. They’ll keep you from slipping and you can feel good about their commitment to sustainability. They use tree-free packaging, made from 100% cane sugar, and aim to reduce water consumption by using recycled yarns when making their socks.