Reusable water bottle? Check. metal straw? Check. Bamboo utensils to snack on the go? I got them! Our bags are full of Earth-friendly goodies, but what about the arm that carries them?
Our workout and loungewear are often made from nylon and polyester, which are energy-intensive and unsustainable to create. According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the fashion industry is responsible for approximately 10 percent of global carbon emissions and nearly 20 percent of sewage. The clothes we choose to wear should be the next step in our green evolution, and sportswear is just the place to start.
With so many eco-conscious sportswear companies popping up on the market, these eco-friendly sportswear brands make shopping sustainably easy, affordable and attractive without compromising on style. Scroll on to find 10 brands that care as much about the Earth as they do about style.
10 eco-friendly sportswear brands to keep on your radar
Wolf Leggings, Auring Aquamarine — $88.00
Wolven sportswear is made from recycled plastic bottles and carbon neutral fabrics. They also partner with Climate Neutral to offset the carbon footprint of their operations. If you’re as much a fan of patterns as I am, the Aqua Auring ($88) is the answer to your prayers. Soft enough to layer with a sweater for a cozy fit yet durable enough to withstand a Zoom HIIT workout, they’re a versatile option to keep you looking great no matter what you’re doing.
Active & Animated Biker Shorts: $55.00
This fan-favorite line of bras has expanded with eco-friendly sportswear, loungewear and swimwear essentials, all made with 75% recycled polyester. Do you need some ideas? The Active Racerback Bra ($35) keeps everything in place and is officially a staple in my permanent sportswear collection. Pair with the matching Biker Shorts ($55), and you’ll feel as good as you look.
3. Buck Mason
Buck Mason Vintage Interloop Wide Leg Jogger Pant — $85.00
W+G trade writer Francesca Krempa called them “probably the most luxurious tracksuits she’s ever put on.” All Buck Mason styles for men and women are “grown and sewn” in America, made from responsibly grown organic cotton that will make you wonder why you ever wore anything else. Seriously: throw on the Interloop sweatpants ($85) and oversized t-shirt ($85) combo and see what we mean.
4. Girlfriend Collective
Girlfriend Collective, Classic Joggers — $78.00
Girlfriend Collective not only uses recycled materials and organic cotton for their styles, they also use recycled and reusable packaging for their shipments. The Classic Joggers ($78) are officially the Cozytown uniform, and I refuse to change them. Available in five pastel shades, the high-waisted pants are perfect for a quick sweat session or worn with a classic leather jacket for brunch.
5. Yoga Democracy
Yoga Democracy, Goovy Girl Printed Flare Pants
With tops, shorts, and leggings made from recycled polyester and nylon, Yoga Democracy uses a low-energy, zero-water process, non-toxic dyes, and donates 10 percent of sales to a variety of environmental causes. The sweat-wicking, totally tubular-looking, sun-protective Groovy Girl Printed Bell Bottoms ($90) speak for themselves, don’t they?
Avocado, Monkey Josie — $150.00
Fun fact: Avocado was founded by former professional ping pong athlete Christina Choi with a mission to create the sustainable sportswear she wished existed in the world. Her soft yet sculpted line of leggings, tank tops and bras look just as good on the couch as they do on the court (or ping pong table). She mixes and matches separates or chooses the easy way out with the stylish Josie. Jumpsuit ($150) that’s great for slow yoga streams, pole classes, or surfing Netflix.
7. summer salt
Summersalt Beyond the Lounge Chair Windbreaker — $95.00
Summersalt products are the perfect blend of data-backed size, durability, and sustainability. After taking more than 1.5 million measurements of all body types across the country, they created looks that fit all bodies and are meant to last. They also use recycled materials in production and packaging. The Beyond the Lounge Chair Windbreaker ($95) is colorful, breathable, and great for rain or shine. I can’t say no to anything in a color block. Y It even has a concealed hood for emergencies.
8. Bamboo Avenue
Bamboo Ave, Boundless Short — $64.00
Gentlemen, summer is just around the corner and there’s no better way to prepare than with a pair of durable and versatile shorts from Bamboo Ave. The best-selling Boundless Shorts ($64) are made from two sustainable superstars: shells of recycled coconut and recycled water bottles, making them as eco-friendly as they are functional. They’re waterproof and lined, meaning you can literally live in them all season long.
9. Nubian Natalia
Kotn, Ribbed midi cardigan — $82.00
If there was one word to describe Kotn’s minimalist men’s and women’s styles, it would be “effortless.” The Canadian brand is loved by W+G staff for its easygoing, easygoing designs made from organic Egyptian cotton grown on ethical farms and sewn in fair factories. Buy a set or mix and match pieces like this draped cardigan for a cozy and timeless look.
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