Just like sustainable diets, sustainable workouts, and sustainable lifestyles, it would seem that sustainable activewear can be challenging to find. Worry not! I’m on the case.
The evenings are long and the temperature is dropping. It’s hard enough to get out of bed for breakfast, let alone to work out. But now is EXACTLY when you need to get your training gear on and get a head start on the competition. “Who’s my competition?” You ask; Your past self, that’s who! The old you who used to just chuck on whatever worn-out t-shirt was laying at the bottom of your wardrobe. Plus those mangey trainers that should have been retired years ago.
Not anymore. The new you is here, and not only do they wear the cleanest, most stylish gear going, but it’s eco-friendly too. Welcome to the next level of fitness, and it starts in the closet. The first good choice made was to work out. The next: What to wear. The correct activewear will take you further and faster, with the added bonus of looking good while feeling good. Who’s pumped!? Yeah, me too!
So what brands are going to bring you the best bang for your buck? Which fabrics should you look out for when shopping? What makes a piece of activewear actually durable and eco-friendly? Why is it better to invest in sustainable pieces? Well, as always, I’ve got you covered.
All the brands below are companies I’d personally invest in when it comes to gym clothing. They are not randomly selected. Know this, my eager activewear seeker: At STYLE BY SAVINA, I only showcase and feature environmentally conscious brands that align with my values and beliefs – sustainability, longevity, diversity, and cruelty-free practices. Let’s dive in.
9 Sustainable Activewear Brands That Level Up Your Workouts:
1. GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE
Girlfriend Collective is at the top of my ‘sustainable gym wear brands’ list. They are ‘the earth’s number one fan’, so being eco-friendly is both their wish and mission. Their activewear is designed for high-impact workouts. They feature seamless designs, made with recycled single-use bottles, and are sweat-wicking. Feel free to look that up (you know you were thinking it).
Their leggings, underwear, and small accessories are quite affordable. You won’t regret checking them out. The packaging they arrive in is 100% recycled and recyclable. Plus, they have a special online community you can join to earn prizes and discounts for your orders. Cool, right?!
ADAY is an incredible minimalist clothing brand offering high-quality, versatile activewear along with their capsule wardrobe essentials. Their creative team believes smart design helps you make the most of every moment and create the future you want. All their items look simple, effortless, and super easy to combine with pieces you already own.
ADAY’s philosophy could be described in three words – equitable (they started a fund, investing in BIPOC visionaries). Renewable (because 70% of their fabrics are made of regenerative or recycled fibers). And responsible, which we see in the limited edition collection ‘madeagain’, taking fan-favorite pieces for an elegantly upgraded walk.
Their leggings, for example, are crafted from performance fabric, with pockets for easy errands, flattering compression for every body, and versatile comfort for workouts and working from home.
What else could you possibly ask for? Check out their sports bras here.
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3. REF ACTIVE
Who am I to blame you if you have two or three Reformation dresses hanging in your wardrobe? You could easily have picked up a few after reading my post on Date Night Dress. The suggestions were gorgeous! (Obviously). At the beginning of the year, they launched their brand-new activewear line – Ref Active and I actively (pun intended) started paying more attention to both stylish and ethically sustainable activewear.
All the pieces (and there are quite a few) are made entirely of recycled plastic bottles. Of course, they keep the brand’s chic, elegant, and yet fantastic simplicity. All this while offering a plethora of fascinating colors such as almond, chestnut, and lipstick. Be the Jennifer Lopez to your Ben Affleck (read: wardrobe), and get yourself a set that lasts forever.
4. SUMMER SALT
Having a great sense of style is about more than just looking good. It’s about caring, too. That’s what SUMMER SALT does really well. Built with materials from recycled plastic bottles, all products on their website promise support, sustainability, and lot of compliments from people you pass by on your morning run. Style tip: Outfit results are multiplied when combined with a smile.
Alongside this vision, dedicated to the environment, they took over 1.5 million body measurements before creating an insanely diverse range of sizes, all available from 0 to 22. With a range this big, the only concern you should have is getting in quickly before your perfect match is all gone. You are getting the highest quality at the best price.
EVERLANE is my go-to brand for stylish and ultra-comfortable women’s sustainable activewear. For everyday essentials, as well, for that matter. What I really love is that they mix exceptional quality with radical transparency in regard to costs and production. This means you know exactly where your money goes and what you’re getting for it.
EVERLANE designs their gorgeous activewear items to stand the test of time, impress and complete the aesthetic of your post-workout selfie. If you’re going to treat yourself to just ONE item, let it be The Perform Bike Shorts. We all need a great pair of cycling shorts in our lives (and wardrobes). These ones are everything you want and more. Don’t take my word for it, read their customers’ reviews.
Thanks to this brand, Australian sustainable activewear has come a long way in a short amount of time. Considering how good the quality is and how great they look, their pieces are an absolute bargain. Their slogan is good for you and good for the planet. That’s all I really want in a brand, to be honest.
BOODY counts on simple designs, eco-friendly materials, and sustainable manufacturing. They use bamboo viscose to craft their comfortable and breathable everyday essentials. If you’re going to be running your way to the body you want, then you need leggings with the stretch and durability to do so. That’s what you get with BOODY.
P.S. Use this code SAVINA15 for 15% off your entire order.
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The gift of sustainability gives back in WOLVEN’s sustainable activewear line. It’s a bit of a pricey shopping decision to make (when not on a sale), but absolutely worth it when it comes to fabrics and design. Their pieces are carbon-neutral, and the packaging is reusable.
This brand is perfect for people who love colors and patterns. Who said that workout clothes should be boring? Certainly not me! The best thing about WOLVEN’s activewear pieces is that they don’t pinch or stick no matter how hard you sweat at the gym or in that 5-minute Youtube workout.
8. PEOPLE TREE
Meet another amazing brand dedicated to affordable sustainable activewear – People Tree. They started in 1991 with a mission to make clothes, complying with the highest ethical and environmental standards from start to finish. People Tree has been doing it ever since. Now they’re showing what sustainable activewear 2022 has to offer.
All models are dyed using low-impact dyes that are free from harmful chemicals. The colors are classic, and so are the patterns. You’ll find something to suit your look, I’m sure of it.
9. THREADS 4 THOUGHT
Threads 4 Thought is also an ethical vegan activewear brand that won’t break your bank. Their factories hold the highest certifications in the industry and use the most eco-friendly fabrics. For example, organic cotton. It’s better for the environment as it uses less water and energy in comparison to conventional cotton. Simple, clean, and good for the planet.
If you’re searching for pretty yet versatile yoga or gym clothing, you should definitely have a browse of their active collection. I’m in love with these leggings. They come in thirteen different shades and a size range from XS to XXXL. The best part? Those prices!!
It’s time for a change. A change in you, and a change in what you’re wearing to make it happen. When the workout gear you wear is environmentally friendly, you can go that little bit further, work that little bit longer, and push that little bit harder knowing you’ve got the power of the planet wrapped all over your body. Go get’em, girl.
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