8 Conscious Activewear Brands to Start Off the New Year
Did you too make a solemn vow to increase your exercise rate—starting this week? Making workouts more fun is no doubt helped by great activewear that is mindfully produced and made to last. Let our list inspire a more conscious choice!
Outdoor Voices prioritizes quality, worker’s safety, fair wages and benefits, and has a dedication to minimizing environmental impacts (in things like water waste and air emissions). They work with specialists to develop high-quality textiles and are passionate to find new ways of manufacturing materials and styles more sustainably. Their collections include a lightwaight Rec Poly (recycled polyester) fabric, crafted from post-consumer water bottles, as well as sustainably sourced Merino wool. They’re also working to reduce waste and overstock.
Filippa K Soft Sport
Soft Sport was created with a need for refined activewear in mind. It’s a collection of luxe, functional and feminine garments for training and traveling. Filippa K stands for sustainable productions and practices, and transparency throughout the entire value chain. They aim to make their entire collection sustainable by 2030.
Girlfriend Collective’s first goal was to become as transparent as possible. They make ethical and sustainable activewear from recycled water bottles (79% RPET) with the highest compression for ideal muscle recovery after medium to high-impact workouts. The manufacturing is made in Vietnam, in a SA8000 certified factory, which is the fair trade equivalent for garment manufacturing.
Stella McCartney x Adidas
The Stella McCartney for Adidas collections are, from what we understand, sustainable in part—with fabrics made from recyclable polyester, organic qualities and a lot of engineered pieces that create zero waste in production. They’re of coarse also vegetarian, which is one of McCartneys key focal points running her namesake brand. We know sustainability is an important topic for Adidas too, so we expect to see more of that in the near future.
Silou London offers ethical and mindfully manufactured activewear designed in London and produced in Lithuania—one of the most specialized textile producing countries in the EU. They also make a point out of using toxic-free materials that are friendly to both body and environment.
H&M Sportswear Conscious Collection
H&M will launch their first conscious sportswear collection in January 2018 made from recycled polyester with quick drying and muscle supporting properties. The new line will offer a wide spread of leggings, sports bras, hoodies and tops intended for training such as running and yoga.
Vyayama makes clean-cut yoga wear that has been ethically and responsibly produced in Portugal. Wanting an alternative to synthetic active wear, they use sustainably sourced KALABLAK™ Tencel® and printed Tencel® fabrics made from fibers and yarn spun in Europe. After creating these custom fabrics, they ensured that all are third party tested and certified 100% safe for the wearer by the European Oeko-tex Standard 100.
Manduka aims to reduce global consumption by making better products that last longer. Their approach is rooted in principles of conservancy and transparency, creating mats, towels, props and apparel while also making an effort to minimize environmental waste. Offering a wide range of sustainable sourced clothing, they work with fabrics such as organic cotton, hemp, Modal, Tencel and recycled polyester.
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