A Guide to Sustainable Activewear Brands for Your Workout Routine

  image from GirlfriendDisclosure: Some of the links below are affiliated; we may earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. This post is also sponsored in part by Arms of Andes, Tenere, Inhala, Opok & Kaira. We only ever add brands & products we truly believe in! the best sustainable activewear brandsWhile we could probably get away with wearing a t-shirt and leggings we already have in the closet for our daily workouts, there is something about putting on a designated activewear outfit that makes our fitness much more comfortable... and should I say bearable?What to Look for When Shopping Sustainable ActivewearWhen shopping for activewear, there are a few things I ask myself.1) Was it made ethically?2) What material is it made from?The brands we list on Sustainably Chic always have a high standard of ethics when manufacturing, and if you are unsure of an unlisted brand, just ask them! Most should have the info on their website, but if you can’t find it, a quick email should tell you. Material-wise - this is a tough one. I prefer organic cotton for my workout clothing because it is a natural fiber (although usually mixed with spandex for stretch). These fibers don’t shed micro-plastics as recycled polyester does. Since a lot of ethically-made workout clothing is made from recycled polys, you need to wash it correctly to avoid the many micro-plastics going back into the water systems. You can read more about this topic here. Whatever your preference is, both recycled fibers and natural organic fibers are more sustainable choices.Here are 12 sustainable activewear brands you will love wearing during your workouts: 1) Kaira ActiveMaterial | ECONYLPrice | $59-86Kaira Active is on a mission to protect the oceans and inspire outdoor adventure. Their sleek, stylish, and versatile leggings and bras are made out of eco-friendly Fair Trade and OEKO-TEX certified ECONYL (produced using recycled fishing nets) and REPREVE (recycled polyester). Everything is ethically made in California and 1% of each purchase goes directly to the non-profit Healthy Seas. Plus, their pieces can be worn in or out of the water! Shop Kaira Active 2) TenereMaterial | GRS-Certified Recycled YarnsPrice | $68-118A new activewear brand to hit the sustainable fashion scene, Tenere is creating athletic bottoms for both men and women. Not only is Tenere using completely recycled materials (even the elastane is recycled), but they also believe in radical transparency. Each product comes with a QR code to learn all about its supply chain. Plus, they are more size inclusive than most with sizes up to 3x. Shop Tenere 3) Inhala SoulwearMaterial | ECONYLPrice | $40-120INHALA uses eco-friendly materials like ECONYL (regenerated nylon) and Peruvian fair trade organic cotton. Not only that, but the INHALA team has followed a zero-waste and no-plastic commitment, so all of their collections have zero-elastic designs. They use recycled and reusable packaging as well as home compostable garment bags. Plus, every purchase plants a tree. Shop Inhala Soulwear 4) Arms of AndesMaterial | AlpacaPrice | $60-250If you are looking for high-performance & sustainable outdoor apparel, this is your go-to! Straight from the Andes mountains, Arms of Andes is using 100% Alpaca Wool in every design. Not only does their alpaca wool come from small-scale indigenous producers, but they make all of their clothing in Peru, as well. So why, alpaca? Because it’s natural, biodegradable, anti-bacterial, odor-resistant, moisture-wicking, and breathable - making it perfect for outdoor activity! Shop Arms of Andes

A Guide to Sustainable Activewear Brands for Your Workout Routine
 

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Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliated; we may earn a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. This post is also sponsored in part by Arms of Andes, Tenere, Inhala, Opok & Kaira. We only ever add brands & products we truly believe in!

the best sustainable activewear brands

While we could probably get away with wearing a t-shirt and leggings we already have in the closet for our daily workouts, there is something about putting on a designated activewear outfit that makes our fitness much more comfortable... and should I say bearable?

What to Look for When Shopping Sustainable Activewear

When shopping for activewear, there are a few things I ask myself.

1) Was it made ethically?

2) What material is it made from?

The brands we list on Sustainably Chic always have a high standard of ethics when manufacturing, and if you are unsure of an unlisted brand, just ask them! Most should have the info on their website, but if you can’t find it, a quick email should tell you. Material-wise - this is a tough one. I prefer organic cotton for my workout clothing because it is a natural fiber (although usually mixed with spandex for stretch). These fibers don’t shed micro-plastics as recycled polyester does. Since a lot of ethically-made workout clothing is made from recycled polys, you need to wash it correctly to avoid the many micro-plastics going back into the water systems. You can read more about this topic here. Whatever your preference is, both recycled fibers and natural organic fibers are more sustainable choices.

Here are 12 sustainable activewear brands you will love wearing during your workouts:

1) Kaira Active

Material | ECONYL

Price | $59-86

Kaira Active is on a mission to protect the oceans and inspire outdoor adventure. Their sleek, stylish, and versatile leggings and bras are made out of eco-friendly Fair Trade and OEKO-TEX certified ECONYL (produced using recycled fishing nets) and REPREVE (recycled polyester). Everything is ethically made in California and 1% of each purchase goes directly to the non-profit Healthy Seas. Plus, their pieces can be worn in or out of the water!

Shop Kaira Active

2) Tenere

Material | GRS-Certified Recycled Yarns

Price | $68-118

A new activewear brand to hit the sustainable fashion scene, Tenere is creating athletic bottoms for both men and women. Not only is Tenere using completely recycled materials (even the elastane is recycled), but they also believe in radical transparency. Each product comes with a QR code to learn all about its supply chain. Plus, they are more size inclusive than most with sizes up to 3x.

Shop Tenere

3) Inhala Soulwear

Material | ECONYL

Price | $40-120

INHALA uses eco-friendly materials like ECONYL (regenerated nylon) and Peruvian fair trade organic cotton. Not only that, but the INHALA team has followed a zero-waste and no-plastic commitment, so all of their collections have zero-elastic designs. They use recycled and reusable packaging as well as home compostable garment bags. Plus, every purchase plants a tree.

Shop Inhala Soulwear

4) Arms of Andes

Material | Alpaca

Price | $60-250

If you are looking for high-performance & sustainable outdoor apparel, this is your go-to! Straight from the Andes mountains, Arms of Andes is using 100% Alpaca Wool in every design. Not only does their alpaca wool come from small-scale indigenous producers, but they make all of their clothing in Peru, as well. So why, alpaca? Because it’s natural, biodegradable, anti-bacterial, odor-resistant, moisture-wicking, and breathable - making it perfect for outdoor activity!

Shop Arms of Andes

5) Opok

Materials | GOTS Organic Cotton

Price | $48

A great eco-friendly activewear brand for men!

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly alternative to those super-soft and high-performance Lululemon tees, Opok is for you. Started by two athlete brothers who represented team USA in water polo, Opok started out making organic cotton boxer briefs and is now building out their collection of athleticwear, which is colored using non-toxic dyes.

Shop Opok

6) Wolven

Material | OEKO-TEX certified Recycled P.E.T fabric (RPET)

Price | $36-108

Are you needing a little extra pep in your step when working out? Well, look no further than Wolven. Their vibrant prints are everything you need to make working out fun. I love the fact you can even wear a lot of their pieces for everyday - not just at the gym. They have many different styles, prints and colors - and even some great solid pieces (which would be awesome for mixing-and-matching with all of their prints!).

Shop Wolven

7) Girlfriend

Materials | ECONYL®, Recycled PET, Recycled Nylon, Cupro

Price | $38-78

This brand is the best when it comes to size inclusivity. Girlfriend goes up to a size 6X, and has so many different colors and styles to choose from. They use a lot of different fabrics, but all are made from post-consumer waste. Their facility in Taiwan specializes in eco-friendly and high-quality textile, and their ethical cut-and-sew SA8000 certified factory is in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Shop Girlfriend

8) Organic Basics

Materials | Tencel, Organic Cotton, Recycled Nylon

Price | $42-98

If you are looking to buy basics by the packs, this is an awesome brand to go to. Besides their comfortable underwear, Organic Basics is home to basic crew necks, socks and a really great activewear line made with Polygiene® Stay Fresh technology which helps keeps the laundry loads to a minimum. I have one of their sets from the Silvertech collection, & it is one of my favorites!!

Shop Organic Basics

9) Pact

Material | Organic Cotton

Price | $25-45

I own a few pairs of their leggings and tanks which are great for working out. Especially if you don’t like ‘athletic’ wear, this organic cotton clothing is a wonderful alternative. It looks more like everyday loungewear, and is incredibly affordable. After owning one pair of their leggings for 6 years, I can tell you the quality is great wash after wash!

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Shop Pact

10) TenTree

Material | Recycled Polyester

Price | $45-58

A sustainable brand who makes conscious clothing and plants trees. So far, Tentree has planted over 43 MILLION trees! Not only that, but they try to make their clothing as accessible as possible when it comes to pricing. Their goal in creating YouWear was to give you the most sustainable activewear out there without sacrificing stretchy comfort.

Shop TenTree

11) Azura Bay

Materials | Organic Cotton, Recycled Polyester, Hemp, Tencel

Price | $39-89

This place has everything you need for your undie, lounge & activewear drawers!

Azura Bay’s range of activewear includes awesome brands like Organic Basics and Groceries Apparel. While you are there, make sure to grab some undies. They have a beautiful curated collection!

Shop Azura Bay

12) Made Trade

Materials | Organic Cotton, Modal, Bamboo

Price | $38-110

Seriously one of the best sustainable fashion & home curated places online, Made Trade is home to several different athleisure brands!From joggers to soft tees, they have a lot to choose from for your workout routine. I’m personally loving this brand pictured here. Their name is Mary Young, and they have a lot of beautiful colors If you are looking for plus size, they have a couple options, as well!

Shop Made Trade

OM Matters

Do you remember the yoga practice cards I had on the blog last year? Well, OM Matters has created a FREE app where you can access those cards, as well as articles, inspirational quotes and journal lessons about the  8-limbed path. OM Matters also has a yoga clothing line where 10% of sales are given to support yoga for at-risk youth.

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