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9 Sustainable & Eco Friendly Sweatpants for all the Netflix Binges

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Looking for the most sustainable sweatpants? No sweat, we’ll help you out. 

Whether you’re switching to a healthier lifestyle (because, yes, apparently some people actually sweat in sweatpants) or you simply want something comfier. 

Like all areas of fashion, more brands who make sweatpants need to realize that feeling good shouldn’t come at the cost of the planet. 

That’s why we like snuggling up with a good sustainability book and some organic recycled sweats from Outerknown. While Nadaam’s organic cashmere joggers or Boody’s eco friendly bamboo sweatpants are equally perfect for luxurious couch R&R. And if you’re actually going for a jog then Patagonia has you covered. 

There’s more about how we chose these top 9 sustainable and eco friendly sweatpants brands at the end of the article. For now, let’s not sweat the small (but important) stuff.

1. OUTERKNOWN

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About Outerknown

Started by professional surfer, Kelly Slater, Outerknown has a deep respect for and drive to protect our oceans, our people, and our planet. The bluesign® brand has leapt through many hurdles to meet the strict sustainability standards they envisioned. It hasn’t been easy, and they’re constantly striving to do better. 

As for conscious comfiness, the Australian brand knows a thing or two. They’ve got mens and womens’ swimwear, tees, socks, and bottoms—like some of the best sweatpants made with eco friendly fibers we could find. Their three models include the Solstice, Sur, and Hightide. The latter two being unisex.

Outerknown’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

You may feel lazy in a pair of sustainable sweatpants from Outerknown, but they certainly weren’t lazy when sourcing the best materials. 

They use a range of natural and recycled materials in their whole range, and their sweatpants selection uses the same—namely, hemp,organic cotton, and recycled polyester. The Sur are our favorites, as they’re made of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton. The Solstice are also fully compostable, but they blend 74% organic cotton with 26% conventional cotton, which isn’t ideal. 

For a more traditional fleece sweatpant, go with the Hightide model, made of 54% organic cotton and 46% recycled polyester.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

You can cuddle up knowing that Outerknown works with Fair Trade USA to ensure safe and fair working conditions for their factory workers in Peru, Mexico, and China. They’ve supported more than 5,000 workers and were the first brand to officially be accredited by the Fair Labor Association—even before they shipped their first product!

They’re also an open book publishing all company policies and suppliers. “Sustainability starts with transparency,” after all. 

Green business practices: 

According to Outerknown, they’re after “Relentless sustainability and constant evolution.” They realize that sustainability isn’t a point that can be reached, there are always more improvements to be made.

They highlight their plans for the future in their 2030 Sustainability Strategy, which includes more efforts to protect worker rights, using circular economy practices that respect planetary boundaries, and helping their supply chain partners transition to renewable energy systems.

Inclusivity: 

 Who wants a really tight pair of sweatpants? No one.  So while plenty of people will be able to cozy up in Outerknown’s S-XL sweats, we think their overall size range would benefit from a little expansion.

Community & charitable giving: 

Regularly supporting organizations like Ocean Conservancy, it’s not difficult to see how committed the brand is to protecting our oceans.

Available:  Outerknown


2. EVERLANE

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About Everlane

Everlane started out in San Francisco a decade ago with a commitment to radical transparency. Over the years, they’ve grown in this mission and have been able to share more and more with customers about the fine materials and ethical factories they work with.  

Everlane allows you to look good and feel good in their sustainable denim (and pretty much any other garment you need), before looking good and feeling even comfier in their sustainable and eco friendly sweatpants. 

While their range is select, the womens and mens’ ethical sweatpants they do have are perfect for a cozy night in or a winter workout.

Everlane’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

For chilling at home, it’s best to keep things simple. The same can be said for Everlane’s eco friendly sweatpants line, as they use just two materials: 100% cotton for their French Terry Sweatpant for men and recycled polyester (52 water bottles, to be exact) for their ReNew Fleece Sweatpant women. 

We’re super impressed by the use of non-toxic Bluesign® dyes and the fact that all of Everlane’s cotton will be certified organic by 2023.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

With some brands, you have to do a lot of digging to figure out where and how their products are made. With Everlane, it’s simple. Each item lists where it’s been produced and a quick click shows the factory, who works there, what Code of Conduct they abide by, info on their last audit, and how Everlane helps to support workers. 

Both their sweatpants, for instance, come from Nobland Vietnam Co. in Ho Chi Minh.

Green business practices: 

Everlane’s use of recycled and natural materials—and commitment to future sustainable sourcing—are impressive. But for the most eco friendly of us, we can look to their More-Sustainable Collection, which only their cleanest garments like those made of 100% organic cotton and their ReNew line.

That last collection is actually part of Everlane’s larger goal to totally replace all virgin synthetics with recycled synthetics by 2021.

With any of their products, we can also expect them to last a long time, not fit into the fast fashion cycle of wear and dispose.

Inclusivity: 

Their sweatpants range from size XXS-XL.

Community & charitable giving: 

Through their annual Black Friday Fund, Everlane contributes money to environmental organizations or some of the factories they partner with. Last year the campaign raised $300,000 for Oceana.

Available: Everlane


3. NAADAM

Whether you’re switching to a healthier lifestyle (because, yes, apparently some people actually sweat in eco friendly sweatpants) or you simply want something comfier. Image by Nadaam #ecofriendlysweatpants #sustainablesweatpants #sustainablejungle
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About Naadam

Naadam was founded after the founders traveled to Mongolia to see how cashmere was produced. They were dismayed to learn how little the herders were getting paid for their high-quality and sustainable products. 

So, they set out to produce clothing made with “the world’s fairest cashmere.”

Now you can find this luxurious fabric in a variety of their pieces including sweaters, tops, and some of the comfiest and most sustainable sweatpants for men and women. Don’t let the basic, classic cut of these sweats fool you; they’ve got some real innovation going on.

Naadam’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Regardless of what you’re looking at in Naadam’s range, you’ll find only recycled or renewable materials. 75% of their products are made with organic cashmere, which they sustainably source from the Zalaa Jinst white goat. 

For those concerned about animal welfare, they use the only cruelty-free method to obtain the cashmere: old school hand combing. It takes more time, but is based on 2,000 years of tradition and is best for the goats, the herders, and the fibers themselves. 

In some of their sweatpants options, they blend cashmere with soft breathable BCI cotton in their Everyday Jogger or silk in the RIbbed Joggers (which is sourced from the ZheJiang Province in China, though we have no further information of it’s sourcing). 

If you want to stick with straight cashmere, opt for their 100% Brushed Cashmere Joggers.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Naadam’s entire ethos is to be a fair supporter of Mongloian herders. Working directly with herders allows Naadam to pay higher, fairer prices using a direct trade model, while ensuring that the herders use ethical practices to source the cashmere.

For their other materials, they use a strict ILO-equivalent Code of Conduct to only partner with suppliers and factories who pay workers fairly (including regular cost of living adjustments) and meet certain labor and environmental standards. In fact, 90% of garments are made in two factories in Chifeng, China, both of which are BSCI compliant.

Green business practices: 

Thanks to their use of cashmere and other renewable or recycled materials, all Naadam products are designed to last. They might be a little more on the expensive side, but they should not need to be replaced anytime soon. 

Even better, with an intimate knowledge of goats (specifically how they graze), Naadam has taken steps to prevent overgrazing, which is an environmental problem in the Gobi desert (though the Bayangovi region in which they farm is less fragile than other areas). They’ve set aside an area the size of Manhattan to allow it to regrow and prevent grasslands desertification (also ensuring the goats have a bountiful food source each spring)!  

They also use eco-friendly and recycled packaging materials and have plans to be carbon neutral by 2025, a goal they’re already working toward by offsetting emissions through Carbon Fund

Add in a dash of green energy buildings, some closed-loop dyeing practices, and all their lofty sustainability goals as outlined in their Social and Environmental Impact Report and you have a brand that’s putting the sweat in sweatpants.

Inclusivity: 

Sweatpants sizes run from XS-XXL (XL for women).

Community & charitable giving: 

Partnering with the Tsagan Yama Cooperative and Gobi Revival Fund means that Naadam can support the herders they work with even more. They provide clean water to the communities, as well as things like parks for recreation and a livestock insurance program to allow them to thrive financially.  

Naadam also donates any returned or defective products to Green Tree Textiles, a charity which then donates them to communities in need.

Available: Naadam


4. BOODY

Whether you’re switching to a healthier lifestyle (because, yes, apparently some people actually sweat in eco friendly sweatpants) or you simply want something comfier. Image by Boody #ecofriendlysweatpants #sustainablesweatpants #sustainablejungle
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About Boody

For family-owned Australian brand Boody, comfort and sustainability are priorities and bamboo yarn is the solution. Their basic essentials include some of our favorite ethical undies, activewear, pajamas and a close cousin of the sweatpants – sustainable leggings.  

While their selection isn’t massive, they do have a pair of women’s sustainable and ethical sweatpants called the Downtime Lounge Pant with a flattering tapered leg that make us feel relaxed just by looking at them. If you prefer your sweats a bit tighter,  you’ll find more variety in their extensive range of comfy yoga pants).

Boody’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Cozy and comfortable, the luxurious feel in these sweatpants is all due to jersey-style organic bamboo viscose fabric. While seeing bamboo on the fabric label typically makes us sweat, Boody does their best to put us at ease by making their bamboo through a liquid and solvent recycling closed loop process and performing SGS quality tests against any azo dyes, heavy metals, and formaldehyde in the final products.   

You can also sustainably snuggle into these pants as they’re sourced from FSC certified forests, certified organic by Ecocert, and certified to be free of toxic substances by OEKO-TEX and ISO 9001.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Certified by Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), you can be sure that each factory used by Boody meets some of the world’s strictest and most ethical workplace compliance standards. 

This means things like no forced labor, no child labor, no harrassment and abuse, and appropriate work hours. After all, “Comfort is nothing without peace of mind”.

Green business practices: 

When you’re shopping for a product from Boody, you can see the positive impact of each item as tallied by GreenStory. For instance, these sweatpants save more than 202 gallons of drinking water and 1313.6 hours of LED bulb energy during production! Even better, the use of bamboo means that more than 32 sq. ft of land is farmed without pesticides. 

Boody’s packaging (which consists of recycled boxes printed in vegetable inks) is SGS tested for toxins just like their garments and sustainable bedding (downright snuggle inducing especially paired with a few eco friendly pillows).

Inclusivity: 

Sizes run from XS-XL, fitting up to a US size 14.

Community & charitable giving: 

Giving back is important to Boody and they do this in a variety of ways: they’re members of 1% For the Planet and regularly sell items that support organizations like Goodbye Malaria and the Relate Organization.

Available:  Boody (US) 


5. AMOUR VERT

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About Amour Vert

If you’re talking about sustainable fashion, you can’t not include Amour Vert. Their name literally means “green love” and they epitomize what it means to be effortlessly sustainable. 

Amour Vert can fill your entire wardrobe with green garments. From ethical dresses to women’s sustainable fashion sweatpants (or as they call them, joggers) that are perfect for lounging around in. There’s no reason not to love this “green love” brand. 

Amour Vert’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

When we explored sustainable fabrics, there were a few semi-synthetics that caught our eye. Cupro was one, which AV uses 100% in their Henri Cupro Joggers pictured above.

Modal was another. In Amour Verts’ case, they only use FSC-certified TENCEL modal (the fabric’s most sustainable version), made from sustainably-harvested beech trees combined with organic cotton. 

To provide ultimate butter-soft comfort as you binge-watch that Netflix show, there’s also some spandex in some pairs of sweatpants (which, unlike modal, is not biodegradable).

Supply chain & labor practices: 

 If you spend time looking for “Made in the USA” labels, you’ll be happy with the comfy eco friendly sweatpants from Amour Vert. More than 97% of their products are produced at one of their six California-based factories. 

If you’re curious to learn more about these factories, you can check out their detailed report which highlights the fair wages and treatment workers receive.

Green business practices: 

Not only do they keep their production local, but they also keep it minimal. Everything is produced in limited quantities in order to eliminate excess waste. 

Compostable shipping bags, recycled packaging, and soy-based inks are used, too!

Inclusivity: 

Sizes XXS-XL are covered with their sweats. 

Community & charitable giving: 

Looking to complete your cozy ensemble with a sustainable t-shirt? Then you’ll be thrilled to learn about Amour Vert’s Tees = Trees campaign, where every tee purchase means that one tree is planted through their partnership with American Forests. As of this article, that’s more than 316,000 trees!

Available:  Amour Vert


6. REFORMATION

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About Reformation

Reformation has reformulated how we do fashion. They’re a next-level transparent company that shares everything with its customers—including how pricing works and the footprint of each item. 

We’ve mentioned them for their sexy sustainable lingerie and dresses, but we also love them for a different kind of sexy: for their feel-good sustainable sweatpants for women. 

Hungover?  Heartbroken?  Grocery run?  These are for you.” That’s what Ref has to say about their Classic Sweatpant, featuring an elastic waist and cuffs with luxuriously loose legs in between.

Reformation’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Choose from tie-dye pastel prints or solid colors—either way, you’ll get 100% organically grown cotton.

Since getting cozy doesn’t mean sliding on a pair of pants made with toxic chemicals (as Reformation saves us from a list of restricted substances). Good thing 56% of Ref’s dyeing partners are either Bluesign® or OEKO-TEX 100 certified.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Keeping it local, most (65% to be exact) of Reformation’s production takes place in or around Los Angeles, in 33 of their own factories that employ minority women. You can check each product online to see where it’s been produced. 

For their regularly audited factories abroad in countries like Turkey, Morocco, and China, they all comply with the Global Social Compliance Programme’s (GSCP) Code of Conduct.

Green business practices: 

Those organic cotton sweatpants we mentioned? Compared to sweatpants made with conventional cotton, they save 11 pounds of carbon dioxide, a whopping 753 gallons of water, and more than a pound of waste. 

But that’s like a needle in an organic haystack when you compare it to the rest of Reformation’s green practices.

They use eco friendly office supplies in buildings that are certified green and powered by renewable wind energy (and will give you $100 to do the same). Thanks to offsets, they’ve been carbon neutral since 2015 and ship entirely bio-based packaging.

They’re also a signee of the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment and have plans to recirculate half a million garments by 2025 (they’re well on their way). If these sorts of stats and progress  are your cup of tea, take a look at their sustainability report (the emissions of this have been offset too!) for more information.

Inclusivity: 

A solid pair of sweatpants is an essential in any wardrobe. And with sizes ranging from XS-XL, Reformation does a pretty good job at making that happen for most people.  

Community & charitable giving: 

Reformation pays their employees for one day of volunteering a month and plants trees to celebrate staff birthdays. They also regularly contribute funds and other resources to organizations like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.  

Available: Reformation


7. PATAGONIA

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About Patagonia

If you’ve read one of our fashion guides, you’ll know we love the ‘gonia. Patagonia may be several decades old (making them one of the first sustainable fashion brands), but that doesn’t mean that they’ve got nothing left in the tank. They’re constantly improving: their line, their practices, and their commitment to ethical and sustainable products. 

They’re one of our favorite men’s brands and we’ve oohed and ahhed over everything from their luggage to their ethical winter coats. We could practically live in a pair of their eco friendly sweatpants (which we’re pretty much doing nowadays…). 

Patagonia’s ethical sweatpants are especially suited to those looking for sweats for an activewear purpose.  Built for outdoor adventurers, their sweats are durable. Some, like their Synchilla Snap-T fleece pants, will keep you uber warm, putting the sweat in sweatpants.

Patagonia’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Patagonia has a pretty impressive range of warm and comfy sweatpants for everyone, with some materials that are just as impressive, right down to the PVC-free and phthalate-free dyes.

We’ll start with their synchilla fleece, what made them famous with their iconic Snap-T pullover. It’s made from recycled polyester and feels like a blanket. They’re so comfortable it’s likely that you might start sleepwalking. Best of all, their Synchilla Snap-T sweats are made of 100% recycled polyester.

If it’s not recycled polyester (or recycled spandex) in your casual loungers, it’s likely organic cotton instead. 

Keep in mind that some of their organic cotton models are paired with some virgin synthetics (like in their Crosstrek and Mahnya/Ahnya) sweatpants)). Take a look at the product descriptions and avoid these, if you can. Or in Patagonia’s case, only purchase these materials from their Worn Wear range.  

Supply chain & labor practices: 

We’re not the only ones who are impressed with Patagonia. They’ve consistently scored among the top ten brands  in Fashion Revolution’s Fashion Transparency Index.  

They’re also Fair Trade certified and are committed to transparency by disclosing all manufacturing details per garment in The Footprint Chronicles at the bottom of each product page. They consistently review their processes, and are always making improvements. 

You can check out how fair and humane they are throughout the supply chain by taking a peep at their finished goods supplier list

Green business practices: 

“Environmental sustainability” is like Patagonia’s middle name. It starts with their Bluesign® approved garments and materials (which you can explore more here), but it doesn’t end there. 

They also incorporate environmental responsibility into their entire supply chain, partner with certifying bodies like the Traceable Down Standard and Forest Stewardship Council, and recycle/reuse when possible. 72% of garments now contain recycled materials.

Patagonia doesn’t just recycle fabrics and bottles, but whole garments (though they encourage you to repair using their lifetime Ironclad Guarantee first)! If you have any unwanted Patagonia pieces, they’ll buy them back, repair them if needed, and resell them via their Worn Wear program.

They’re also participating in two regenerative farming pilots (one in apparel and one in food) to help develop the world’s first regenerative farming certification. Which could have many positive implications for the fashion industry.

Inclusivity: 

Their affordable sustainable sweatpants are designed to fit most people. They run from XS-XXL. As a whole, Patagonia is super inclusive and some of their garments fit even wider sizes (hence why they made out list of ethical plus size clothing)

Yet another great thing about Patagonia is that they also seek to break down body stereotypes of outdoor athletes by showing off their clothes on bodies of all shapes and sizes.

Community & charitable giving: 

We’ve mentioned it a few times already, but Patagonia actually started 1% For The Planet—which is a popular way that so many eco friendly brands now give back. 

They also use their platform and resources to take a stand to save our home planet by championing corporate responsibility. Their website is a wealth of information and includes several ways to take action for and do something about our climate crisis. Use the Patagonia Action Works to link up with local initiatives.

Available: Patagonia


8. PRANA

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About prAna

If you’re into yoga you might know about ‘prana’, or the life-giving force that flows through us. You might also know about prAna, the outdoor focused ethical activewear brand. 

Whether it’s yoga, rock climbing, or trying out a new brewery, prAna wants us to be able to “flex our adventurous spirit without negatively impacting the environment.”

They achieve this through their use of durable and sustainable materials, like those found in the fair trade sweatpants for men and women. They also know that not all sweatpants need to make you sweaty, so these jogger cut pants are available in lots of styles, from thick to lightweight. 

If you need sweats you can hike all day in then crawl right into your tent without taking off your boots, prAna has you covered and cozy.

prAna’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

prAna uses a lot of materials, all with a range of environmental impacts. Some of their range is made with natural fibers, while others incorporate recycled synthetics. 

It’s always worth a look at the product description to ensure that you’re choosing the products made with the most sustainable materials. Here’s what you can expect in their sweatpants:

Get cozy with cardiff fabric, which is a blend of hemp, recycled polyester, and TENCEL lyocell (sustainably made from eucalyptus trees). Aside from this cool semi-synthetic fabric, they also use a lot of organic cotton and recycled polyester in their sweatpants. Only a few still have some virgin polyester, nylon, and spandex (to be avoided, if possible).  

Supply chain & labor practices: 

prAna is a member of Textile Exchange and was the first North American apparel brand to produce Fair Trade Certified clothing. Since then, they’ve supported more than 33,000 workers by giving them living wages.

It’s worth noting that not all prAna garments are Fair Trade sewn certified, but you can filter those that are on their website.

Green business practices: 

prAna realizes that complete sustainability is unachievable, but they’re committed to getting as close as possible. That’s why they’re a bluesign® systems partner to demonstrate that they don’t use harmful substances in most of their production line, from fabric mill to factory.

They also use their platform to educate consumers to make clothing decisions that are in line with a more sustainable planet.

Inclusivity: 

Their sweatpants generally fit sizes XS-XL in women and XS-XXL in men. However, they do have some plus size specific designs, like their Sunrise Joggers, available in 1X-3X.

Community & charitable giving: 

prAna partners with Outdoor Outreach every holiday season and a portion of their profits during that period gets donated so that disenfranchised urban youth can have opportunities to connect to the outdoors.

They fully support their athletes and ambassadors pioneering their own outreach events and initiatives.  

Available:  prAna


9. THOUGHT

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About Thought

London’s Thought is all about natural fabrics and easy-to-wear clothes. And is there anything more easy-to-wear than sweatpants?!?

As one of the most lounge-worthy and environmentally friendly sweatpants around, Thought’s loose and lovely draped styles will have you wearing them to all those Zoom meetings. Their selection of women’s sweats are comfy, affordable, and unique.

Thought’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Thought uses mostly bamboo viscose in their jersey sweatpants. This material deserves a bit of a deep dive.

Off the bat, bamboo viscose sounds like a sustainable material because it’s organically grown, renewable, and natural, but it can unfortunately involve many harmful chemicals and an intensive process. 

Bamboo viscose isn’t our favorite sustainable material (see why here) but it’s arguably better than synthetics, especially when, in Thought’s case, it’s combined with organic cotton or sometimes hemp

Thought’s bamboo is also Ecocert* Organic Standard certified and sourced from FSC certified bamboo forests and they actually tell us which two chemicals they use to plasticize it: sodium hydroxide and carbon disulphide. Those may sound scary but they are certainly better than the chemicals used in a lot of other bamboo fabric processing.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Thought is a member of Common Objective as well as the Ethical Trading Initiative which promotes respect for workers’ rights. They also proudly work with Chinese factories (where they source their fabric to keep things more centralized) and have a Code of Conduct that they’re happy to share with customers. 

Green business practices: 

Conscious of their environmental impact, Thought only works with suppliers who commit to their Environmental Policy. They also reduce waste and upcycle their leftover fabrics when possible. 

Inclusivity: 

With sweatpants sizes only ranging from XS-L, we’d be even more excited about Thought if they thought about including a bigger range of sizes.

Community & charitable giving: 

Thought isn’t just a member of Common Objective; they helped found it. This ethical fashion advocacy group essentially offers brands financial incentives for adopting sustainable and ethical practices. To Thought, change on their own level simply wasn’t enough.

They also donate any returns and unsold stock to folks in need in the UK through Traid, Smart Works, and In Kind Direct.

Available:  Thought


HOW WE FOUND THE BEST SUSTAINABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY SWEATPANTS BRANDS

Sweatpants have become quite the stay-cation uniform. But our new look shouldn’t be taken with a grain of salt because our comfort sometimes comes with a cost that isn’t included in the price tag. 

When we look for stretchy pants, many times we’re looking at synthetic materials like elastane, polyester, spandex, and nylon. With these, you might feel guilty about more than just those nine hours you spent binge-watching GoT. 

Using our sustainable fashion criteria, here are some things we used to help determine which sweatpants brands were lounge savvy and which were just sloppy.

Materials:

Good materials are the go-to consideration for the best sustainable sweatpants. Natural materials are real winners here, especially organic cotton (although we’re pretty impressed with cruelty-free cashmere for an eco luxe pair of sweats). 

When synthetics are used, we like to find those that have been given a second life (like recycled polyester made from recycled plastic bottles). And lastly, if virgin synthetics are used, we look for pants where they’re used minimally (<10%). 

Supply chain and labor practices:

You may not want to think about the supply chain concept when laying around on the couch and trying to relax (and the truth behind most supply chains are enough to make enough stress out), but it’s important to do so nonetheless…The more they know about the process, the better. If they’re able to prove to us (through things like a published Code of Conduct and third-party audits) that they care about their workers and do things to ensure they’re paid fairly and work in safe conditions, we’d feel better about that afternoon nap.  

Green business practices:

Beyond sourcing sustainable materials, eco friendly packaging, carbon offsets, and environmental activism make for some of the best ethical sweatpants brands. 

Inclusivity:

Everyone should be able to spend a lazy Sunday in sweatpants. We’re happy to see that most brands include sizes for everybody, but there’s a little wiggle room for growth here in the cases of some. 

Community & charitable giving:

This isn’t a must-have for eco friendly sweatpants, but it is a big tick in the right box. There are a few brands here who aren’t lazy about their impact and are offering things like paid staff volunteer days and donations to charitable entities.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON ETHICAL SWEATPANTS

There’s nothing better than sliding around the house in a comfy pair of sweats (…ala risky business style). Except for a comfy pair of sweats that doesn’t in turn cause discomfort to our planet, of course. 

Finding brands that tick both boxes requires us to stop being lazy (so that we can be lazy-in our sweats). 

Remember the most sustainable sweatpants are those you already own, or what you can find at a thrift store or online vintage shop. But, if you just don’t have proper work-from-home attire, then support one of these brands that are changing the sweatpants game.

So, what are your favorite ethical sustainable sweatpants? If we’re missing a brand that deserves a mention, let us know! 

While we’re at it, if you know any loungewear lovers, share this article with them (along with your newest Netflix addiction) and help them chill eco-style.


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