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17 Ethical & Sustainable Activewear Brands for a More Sustainable Workout


Are you ready to get sweaty and swol with this list of sustainable activewear?!

You can achieve a 5K PR while also learning how to avoid fast fashion—and the polluting materials and unethical supply chain practices it typically involves. 

Speaking of polluting materials, 90% of activewear—including sustainable sportswear—is made from plastic. 

We understand synthetic materials are sometimes just better suited for sweaty occasions, which is why we like to see so much recycled content in Patagonia’s outdoor clothing and activewear.

Of course, natural materials are still the more eco-friendly choice, like that of the activewear by IronRoots.

It’s also important to realize that ethical activewear means inclusive activewear, which is why we’re happy to see DK Active’s curve sizing, which features sizes up to 6XL.

One of our favorite affordable ethical clothing brands, tentree combines the best of both worlds in their affordable ethical activewear.

If your 30 minutes on the elliptical is almost up, you can sprint to the end of the article to see how we chose the brands on this list.

*This post contains affiliate links

1. TENTREE

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About tentree

Ready for a butt burner workout in garb from Canada’s B-Corp?

tentree has a small but sustainable activewear line. This InMotion line has essentials for men, women, and kids that include leggings, t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, and sports bras.

tentree’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

InMotion would be out of commission without recycled materials. 79% recycled polyester blended with 21% elastane, to be exact.

For looser fitting ethical men’s sportswear and women’s yoga wear, fabrics like organic cotton and TENCEL lyocell are also used. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Transparency and tentree are workout buddies. 

They state exactly which country every garment is made (Philippines, China, or India in this case), and their factory ledger includes audit and certification information. 

Green business practices: 

tentree sells Climate+ carbon offsets alongside their clothing. If you really enjoy a long post-workout shower, consider purchasing their Long Showers offset!

Inclusivity:

Women: XS-XL; Men: S-XXL.

Community & charitable giving:

Ten trees are planted for every purchase. So far, they’ve planted more than 50 million trees to support areas with damaged biodiversity.

Available: tentree

2. IRON ROOTS

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About Iron Roots

Whether you’re planning a winter hike and need an ethical hoodie, or you’re ready to get summertime sweaty, Iron Roots can keep you feeling strong and fit year-round with their sustainable organic activewear

The friend-founded brand wants to kick microplastic-release synthetics off of the team, so they only use natural fabrics in their range of tees, shorts, hoodies, and sustainable sweatpants for men and women.

Iron Roots’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

They flat-out don’t use synthetic fabrics (even recycled), so you’ll only find hemp fabric, GOTS-certified organic cotton, or FSC-certified TENCEL lyocell.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Iron Roots designs its products in the Netherlands and produces them in ISO-certified factories in Portugal or Greece. 

Green business practices: 

Minimalist packaging (sans plastic) and sustainable shipping make the brand greener. 

They also provide a discount for sending worn-out Iron Roots apparel back to be recycled.

Inclusivity:

Men: S-XXL; Women: XS-L

Community & charitable giving:

The brand often speaks at events and in university classes. They’re spreading the good word of slow fashion and spreading awareness about greenwashing.

Available: Iron Roots

3. ORGANIC BASICS

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About Organic Basics

The inspiring Danish company uses “natural, renewable, recycled, biodegradable and or low-impact textiles only”.

Organic Basics started with men’s undies, but now has women’s ethical underwear and bras, fair trade pajamas, eco friendly socks, loungewear, and their ethical sportswear (tees, tops, bottoms, shirts, sweats, seamless leggings and shorts).

Organic Basics’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

This brand makes their garments long-lasting by making them need less frequent washing (since washing and drying account for the majority of wear and tear on the garment, not to mention 2/3 of clothing’s environmental impact).

To do so, they spin their fabric with real sustainably-sourced bluesign® approved recycled silver salt (non-nano particle) called Polygiene®. It is heat-regulating, anti-bacterial, and odor-resistant.

For the fabric itself, you’ll find mostly recycled nylon and <5% elastane, but sometimes organic cotton and TENCEL.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

You can check out an exact numerical breakdown (vacation days, hours worked, etc.) for every one of their BSCI-compliant factories. Most of the activewear comes from one of their Portuguese factories. 

They regularly visit each one and sit down with workers to ensure job satisfaction.

Green business practices: 

Through their free carbon neutral shipping, they support a Turkish wind farm.

Their impact report shows all the other ways they’re working up a sustainable sweat.

Inclusivity:

We love the diversity in Organic Basics’ brand imaging and their use of models that actually look like real humans.

Women: XS-XXL; Men: XS-XL

Community & charitable giving:

The Organic Basics Fund awards biannual grants to two different environmental organizations or causes based on an open project proposal.

Their Low Impact Project compiles visual evidence of ways their ambassadors are working to reduce their carbon footprint at home and personally.

Available: Organic Basics

4. DK ACTIVE

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About DK Active

DK Active does the heavy lifting when it comes to ethical activewear in Australia. That means incorporating ethics, inclusivity, AND sustainability into their full-body workout plan. 

They have eco friendly activewear for men and women that includes bras, gym tights, tops, shorts, ethical leggings, and shirts.

They also have ethical maternity clothes so you don’t totally need to lose your fit figure… at least until your feet swell too much to fit in your sustainable running shoes!

DK Active’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

DK’s extensive fabric portfolio includes natural fibers like organic bamboo, modal, and organic cotton as well as lycra produced in a way that minimizes carbon emissions and waterway pollution.

Their line of women’s recycled nylon activewear boasts garments made from ~65% recycled content (ECONYL). 

All fabrics are OEKO-Tex100 certified and in accordance with European REACH standards.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Their Australian factory meets the country’s standards for ethical clothing manufacturing. 

Green business practices: 

The brand’s HQ runs on solar power and products are shipped plastic-free using 100% carbon offset delivery partners. 

Inclusivity:

DK Active is the place to go for plus size eco friendly activewear. Their Curve collection includes sizes 3XL-6XL (14-20). 

Otherwise, sizes are: Women: XS-XXL (2-12); Men: S-XXL

Available: DK Active

5. BOODY

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About Boody

Boody started as an organic underwear company that has since expanded outside the booty. 

Shop here for everyday essentials (like bamboo socks), affordable organic baby clothes, and activewear so comfortable you can lounge in it. 

Boody’s booty-shaking “athleisure” clothing includes bodysuits (or should we say boody-suits), leggings, shorts, sports bras, and tanks for men and women.

Boody’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

All ethical workout clothes are made from organically-grown bamboo fiber viscose. 

It’s certified by the FSC, OEKO-Tex, ECOCERT, and PETA and is processed with non-toxic solvents in a closed-loop process. Read: legit sustainable bamboo fabric

Some organic cotton and synthetics are blended in.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Their supply chain is WRAP-certified and ISO-14001 compliant.

Green business practices: 

Impact counters for each product share the environmental consequences of each garment, which are minimal thanks to closed-loop processes.

Recycled paper boxes and vegetable inks are used for packaging. 

Inclusivity:

Unisex: XS-3XL (US sizes 2-18)

Community & charitable giving:

Boody puts profits toward fighting malaria in Africa through Goodbye Malaria.

They donate time, money, and products to various other charities like the Circle of Love Center, and Bridge of Hope San Diego. In Australia, they give to Thread Together and the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

Available: Boody (US) Boody (AU)

6. BEAUMONT ORGANIC

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About Beaumont Organic

Beaumont Organic is all about the green… by which we mean planet, not profit!

They’re a UK based ethical activewear brand offering dresses, tops, bottoms, jackets, underwear, and yoga clothes (which includes both skin-tight and loose-fit tops and bottoms).

Beaumont Organic’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Easily shop by fabric from the menu: GOTS-certified organic cotton, linen, lyocell, wool, bamboo, and recycled yarn. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

All garments are produced in the EU, in regularly-audited factories that pay fair wages and provide good working conditions. 

In line with the most ethical activewear brands, every garment states where it was made. They’re working towards making their materials just as traceable. 

Green business practices: 

Inclusivity:

Women: XS-L (UK 8-18)

Available: Beaumont Organic

7. PATAGONIA

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About Patagonia

It’s no surprise that Patagonia made the list of the most sustainable activewear brands.

They were founded by a once-professional rock climber, after all!

They have a huge range of outdoor clothing including sustainable tees, hoodies, leggings, jackets, sustainable sweatpants, and anything else you could need for a big hike, run or brisk walk to the… refrigerator. 

And they’ve got all that for the entire family. It’s never too young to get them hooked on fitness!

Patagonia’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Their materials are extensive and impressive, including many of our favorites: hemp, lyocell, recycled cotton, organic cotton, recycled nylon, recycled polyester, RDS-certified down, ethical wool, recycled wool, and even recycled spandex.

They’re also supporting the regenerative agriculture movement by test piloting its first-ever certification.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Year after year, the brand scores high in Fashion Revolution’s Fashion Transparency Index.

They’re Fair Trade certified, state where all garments are made in the “Footprint Chronicles” on each product page, and employ many practices to support their workers. 

Green business practices: 

Patagonia is well on their way to using 100% renewable and recycled raw materials. Their clothes are recyclable, too!

They have a Worn Wear program that accepts unwanted Patagonia pieces, repairs them, and either re-sells or recycles them. 

Inclusivity:

Women: XXS-XL, extended sizes up to 3XL; Men: XS-3XL, extended sizes up to 4XL.

Patagonia provides that outdoor adventure is not size restrictive. Anyone can get outside and climb mountains, as evident by their inclusive sizing and progressive brand imaging.

They also state, “We are a white-led outdoor company reliant on recreation on stolen Native lands that are not yet safe for all.”

That’s why they are working to become an anti-racism company by employing more POC and raising awareness.

Community & charitable giving:

Patagonia is the sustainable and ethical activewear brand behind 1% for the Planet. They’re a force when it comes to advocating for our planet and the Patagonia Action Works helps us get involved, too.

Available: Patagonia

8. PACT

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About Pact

Pact has an impressive line of sustainable cotton activewear which includes ethical leggings, tops, supportive organic bras, hoodies, and socks for the whole family.

Pact’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Just about everything from Pact is made from GOTS-certified organic cotton, sometimes with a small amount of elastane. 

Their clothes are free of toxic dyes and chemicals normally found in activewear. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

All Pact factories are Fair Trade USA certified and child-labor-free. As 74% of organic cotton is sourced in India, that’s where their factories are, too! 

Green business practices: 

Pact’s factories use conservative water and energy production methods. 

All shipping emissions are offset and they use compostable/recyclable packaging. 

Inclusivity:

Women: XS-XL; Men: S-XXL; Kids: 12-18 months to 10/12

Community & charitable giving:

The Give Back. Wear Forward accepts gently used clothes (of any brand) and donates them to non-profits who can use them. They suggest you use the box your new clothes came in to send back unwanted ones.

Available: Pact

9. WOLVEN

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About Wolven

Wolven is known for their sustainable swimwear, most of which doubles as affordable sustainable activewear.

And you know how much we love multi-purpose products—especially when cultivating a minimalist wardrobe.

The USA brand has women’s tops and bottoms that include tanks, bike shorts, bras, yoga tops, and leggings. 

Wolven’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Nearly all garments are made from 84% RPET (about 20 post-consumer recycled plastic bottles) and 16% spandex. 

They also use some sustainably-harvested and carbon-neutral modal fabric. 

The fabrics are OEKO-TEX certified, too. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Wolven has an ethical, WCA-certified manufacturing partner in China. Workers receive living wages, safe work environments, and fair work hours.

Some garments are produced in Los Angeles.

Green business practices: 

The brand is 100% Climate Neutral certified. 

For every purchase, a pound of ocean waste is removed. They do their part to not add it back, too, by using biodegradable and recycled packaging.

Inclusivity:

Women: XS-XL

Female founder Kiran Jade still acts as the company CEO.

Community & charitable giving:

Wolven is a member of 1% for the Planet. 

Available: Wolven

10. ETIKO

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About Etiko

Australia based, Etiko wants us to “wear no evil”—which is why their name is Greek for “ethical”.

As a Fairtrade-certified and Social Traders-certified business that’s also a Certified B Corp, they live up to that name.

It’s obvious why they’re a top pick for sustainable activewear. Check out their gym-ready tees, tanks, hoodies, for women, men, and kids.

Etiko’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

The brand uses Fairtrade, organic cotton sourced from India. In most cases, this is the only material.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Human rights is at the center of Etiko’s mission, making them one of the most ethical activewear companies. 

None of their clothes are made with child labor or exploitation, and all workers are supported with premium wages.

The products are manufactured in Sri Lanka, India, and Pakistan, in Fair Trade USA accredited factories.

Green business practices: 

Etiko is well on its way to becoming net-zero throughout their entire supply chain, made possible with carbon credits from Carbon Social, which supports subsistence farmers in Timor-Leste. 

They use recyclable, FSC-certified, and compostable packaging. 

Inclusivity: 

Women: 8-20 (AU), 4-16 (US); Men (Unisex): XS-XXL; Kids: 4-12

Available: Etiko

11. MANDUKA

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About Manduka

Manduka may be known for their eco friendly yoga mats but they also make clothing.

Whether you’re wearing it for yoga or activities that are less zen (or extra zen, if we’re talking Sunday afternoon naps), it’ll comfortably move with you.

Their women’s and men’s ethical activewear includes tanks, tops, pants, shorts, bras, jackets, and more.

Manduka’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Modal, organic cotton, recycled polyester, and/or recycled nylon are often used, blended with a bit of spandex. 

Some fabrics are OEKO-TEX certified.

Green business practices: 

They’ve partnered with The Renewal Workshop to create a circular program that accepts and downcycles old yoga mats. So far, they’ve kept more than 7,000 mats out of landfills. 

Inclusivity:

Women: XS-XL; Men: S-XL

Available: Manduka

12. ARMS OF ANDES

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About Arms of Andes

Siblings Meli and Rensso are California-born millennials of Peruvian descent. 

Their brand, Arms of Andes, brings these two worlds together to make the most sustainable workout clothes out of Peru’s most functional fiber: alpaca wool. 

Nature’s ultimate fitness fabric becomes anything men or women would need for an indoor or outdoor adventure: leggings, shirts, hoodies, socks, underwear, sports bras, and more.

Arms of Andes’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Everything (yes, everything!) is made from highly moisture-wicking, fast-drying, temperature regulating, and antimicrobial 100% alpaca wool. 

It’s ideal as a workout fabric because it regulates temperature, keeping you warm in winter and cool and dry in summer.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

All alpaca yarn is sourced from local suppliers that purchase directly from alpaca herding families in the Peruvian Andes (meaning no percentage is lost to middlemen). 

These herders use traditional farming techniques for their small herds and form caring relationships with the animals. They receive veterinary care and receive condition checkups from Arms of Andes themselves.

Green business practices: 

Unlike other wooly animals, alpacas don’t destroy the soil—instead, they support healthy ecosystems by treading (and eating) lightly. 

That’s why, while ethical cashmere is rare, ethical alpaca wool is quite achievable. Plus it’s compostable!

Inclusivity:

Women: XS-L; Men: S-XL

Available: Arms of Andes

13. THREADS 4 THOUGHT

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About Threads 4 Thought

Threads 4 Thought (T4T) has been encouraging people to #wearthoughtfully since 2006.

They make women’s, children’s, and men’s ethical activewear from NYC.

Their extensive line includes tees, tanks, sports bras, long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, joggers, leggings, and sweatpants.

Threads 4 Thought’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Three main materials are used: Lenzing modal, recycled polyester, and organic cotton. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

The brand only works with factories that provide the best working conditions, often supported by certifications from Fair Trade and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP).

Green business practices: 

T4T repurposes 95% of the solvents and water used in production.

They’re on a journey to get greener. Follow along by checking out their Transparency Report. 

Inclusivity:

Women: XXS-L (also have maternity sizes); Men: S-XXL; kids ethical clothing: 2T-14

They were co-founded by husband and wife duo Leigh and Eric Fleet.

Community & charitable giving:

T4T partners with the International Rescue Committee by donating profits to support refugees and other in-need communities.

Available: Threads 4 Thought

14. ELLE EVANS

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About Elle Evans

Elle Evans offers the comfy-clothes trifecta: swimwear, yoga wear, and activewear. 

The Australian brand is known for its use of slow fashion practices to create ethical women’s activewear, which includes sports bras, leggings, shorts, and rashies (swim tops or rash guards). 

Elle Evans’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Their garments are made from VITA Xtra Life Nylon LYCRA®, which is made out of ECONYL® (100% recovered ocean plastics).

Supply chain & labor practices: 

The ECONYL is knitted in Italy, printed (with non-toxic ink) in Australia, and sewn by Elle herself! When she needs some extra hands, they’re paid above Australian minimum wage. 

Green business practices: 

Elle Evans garments are designed to be versatile and durable. You’ll find garments that are reversible (like their leggings), mix-and-match ready, and designed for both water and land-based activities. 

Everything is made to order and inputs are recycled. Stay tuned for a closed-loop program to accept old garments.

Australian orders are shipped Carbon Neutral in compostable mailers. 

Inclusivity:

Women: XS-XXL 

We love seeing plus-size models repping this female-owned brand’s flirty and fabulous ethical fitness wear.

Their 10% off section re-sells returned products, making them both greener and budget-inclusive. 

Community & charitable giving:

1% of the brand’s profits are donated to Healthy Seas.

Available: Elle Evans

15. PRANA

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About prAna

Think of prAna as its parent company—Columbia Sportswear’s—sustainable cousin. 

With a focus on rock climbing, surfing, and yoga, they are known for their sustainable outdoor and indoor activewear for men and women. 

This includes tees, leggings, hoodies, sweatpants, jackets.

prAna’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Many sustainable fabrics are used, including recycled polyester, hemp, organic cotton, and TENCEL modal. 

You might see some virgin polyester and spandex also used, but it’s easy to avoid.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

This Textile Exchange member uses Fair Trade factories whenever possible. In fact, they’ve single-handedly converted 11 factories to Fair Trade ones and paid out over $550,000 in Fair Trade premiums.

By 2028, they hope to have 100% of their products made in a Fair Trade Certified factory.

Their manufacturing partners are in Taiwan, Vietnam, India, and Sri Lanka and their full supplier list can be found here.

Green business practices: 

As a bluesign® certified company, prAna audits its supply chain to minimize the use of harmful substances. 

By 2024, all garments will be certifiably free from more than 2,000 chemicals. 

Inclusivity:

Women: XXS-XXL; Men: XS-XXXL

prAna is yet another mainstream activewear brand that’s making plus sizes (and models to match) the status quo.

Community & charitable giving:

The brand regularly supports Outdoor Outreach, an organization that gets disenfranchised, urban youth into outdoor activities.

Available: prAna

16. BECKONS

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About Beckons

Beckons founder and yoga coach Becky Prater uses color, organic fabric, and intentional words to create beautiful clothes in every way possible.

Beckons has a range of versatile and comfortable sustainable yoga clothes for men and women. Each piece—from leggings to slouchy tops—has an intention tag to bring things like love, joy, balance, and courage.

Beckons’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Beckons clothing is almost entirely USDA and OTA-certified organic cotton, blended with a touch of spandex or lycra. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

This fast fashion alternative supports organic growers in the US, India, Turkey, and China.

They manufacture garments in Denver, Colorado and their processing is certified to be eco-friendly and socially responsible by Control IMO (the Institute for Marketecology).

Green business practices: 

Beckons recycle shipping boxes and use poly bags.

Inclusivity:

Women: XS-XXL; Men: XS-2X

Beckons is another woman-founded brand.

Community & charitable giving:

Beckons gives back by donating money to YogaSlackers and donating end-of-season unsold merchandise to charities like the Women’s Resource Network and the Samburu Tribe of Africa.

Available: Beckons

17. NUBE

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About Nube

With some of the most ethical sportswear out there, Nube partners with eco-conscious designers to create leggings, tanks, tees, and sweatpants for men and women. 

Whether neutrals or colorful patterns are your fitness forte, they have designs to suit.

Nube’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Roughly 20 plastic bottles form the rPET that goes into most garments, along with some virgin spandex for stretch and recycled cotton. 

Non-toxic, lead-free, low-impact dyes are also used. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

The fibers are sourced from LA (whenever possible), which is also where the sustainable ethical workout clothes are sewn and shipped. 

Workers receive fair wages and ethical working conditions.  

Green business practices: 

Steps are taken to minimize waste of fabric and dyes. To further this goal, they’ve worked out (get it?) how to make Scrap Scrunchies for leftover trimmings.

Recycled/recyclable, plastic-free shipping materials will safely deliver your new Nube to your door.

Inclusivity:

Unisex: XS-XL

Unisex sizing promotes more gender neutral clothing trends, which we love, along with the diversity and body positivity represented by their models.

Nube is also female-founded.

Available: Nube

HOW WE FOUND THESE ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE ACTIVEWEAR BRANDS

Just like you learn to walk before you run, we started our fashion journey by creating a guide to sustainable and ethical fashion

When it comes to sustainable and ethical activewear, here’s how we specifically applied our criteria:

Materials:

Nothing says “ethical fitness” like using some of the best sustainable activewear fabrics.

Rather than petroleum-based virgin synthetic fabrics, we look for either natural compostable fibers (like organic cotton, hemp, and linen) and semi-synthetic but still compostable fibers. These include TENCEL Lyocell, Modal, and bamboo (which should still be approached with caution).

Recycled synthetics (like recycled nylon) come in at the top of their heat, too, but should always be washed in a GuppyFriend bag to avoid microplastic pollution). 

Squatting, stretching, and sprinting would be far more uncomfortable (and probably result in some ripped clothes) without some stretch! Check out our elastane vs spandex to find out why this material with two names is hard to replace (for now) and should be kept at a minimum. 

Supply chain and labor practices:

We want to know a company is really pumping all the iron they say they are. 

Details like published impact reports, codes of conduct, modern slavery statements, and third-party certifications are the best defense against greenwashing.

Green business practices:

Our hearts race (pre-workout even) when we see things like carbon offset programs, eco-friendly packaging, renewable energy use, and any other initiatives that preserve the health of our planet and help increase biodiversity

Inclusivity:

​​Companies should offer a wide range of sizes, promote diversity, and cultivate a positive body image. 

Just because it’s activewear doesn’t mean that it should only be reserved for people who look like they run every.single.day (and if you do, KUDOS because we sure don’t).

Community and charitable giving:

It’s better to cross the finish line with companies that use their profits and privileges to give back a little bit. This can be through donating money to social or environmental causes, organizing community events, or even just promoting awareness about pressing issues.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON SUSTAINABLE AND ETHICAL ACTIVEWEAR

There’s nothing like a good workout—but let’s be sure to give our planet a breather. 

Fortunately, these sustainable sportswear brands will help get your blood pumping and sweat dripping without destroying the Earth.

Before you jump the gun, remember that sustainable materials and ethical manufacturing practices are awesome, but requiring no new products is even better. The most sustainable activewear is what’s already in your closet.

If that pesky thigh hole in your leggings keeps getting larger, start by checking out an online thrift store before the next ride on your Peloton. 

Share this article with your running partners or yoga classmates to make all of our workouts better for this world!


Are you ready to get sweaty and swol with this list of ethical and sustainable activewear?! You can achieve a 5K PR while also learning how to avoid fast fashion… Image by Organic Basics #sustainableactivewear #ethicalactivewear #sustainablejungle

3 thoughts on “17 Ethical & Sustainable Activewear Brands for a More Sustainable Workout”

  1. this is a great list! also check out new sustainable activewear brand called The Short Spine. They just launched their first bamboo activewear collection.

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  2. really great to see these brands doing so well! The products look beautiful! I would love to read a review comparing them to each other? See which is best in a functional way. Cheers xx

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  3. Thanks for a very comprehensive list! I’m the co-founder of Weekendbee, an online store focusing only on sustainable sportswear and our aim is to make it easier to find different sustainable sportswear brands. We offer brands like Patagonia, Girlfriend Collective, Népra, prAna, OGNX, People Tree. Let me know if you would be interested in collaborating with us. Cheers!

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