Someone playing basketball and wearing a sand coloured hemp active hoodie designed by Iron Roots.
09 May
Someone playing basketball and wearing a sand coloured hemp active hoodie designed by Iron Roots.

The Best Sustainable and Ethical Men’s Activewear

In the market for activewear for some sweaty pursuit or another that does good by people, the planet, and animals? Tap into our ratings in this roundup of more ethical and sustainable activewear for men or those who prefer menswear.

Men’s activewear with a conscience

There’s no denying that the ethical fashion world is mainly geared towards women or femme-presenting people. As society slowly but surely moves towards equality, we are seeing more compassionate men who aren’t afraid to say, “Hey, we care too.” Bust those masculinity stereotypes by wearing ethical activewear for men.

While we have rounded up activewear brands that deserve your support before, we wanted to put together a list of options for all the menswear-sporting folks who want to sweat it out in style, knowing that their trackies and trainers aren’t supporting the exploitation of people, the planet, or our animal friends.

Some of our faves from this list are tentree’s (Canada) agility shorts which—surprise—plant 10 trees with every purchase, Boody’s (Australia) comfortable and odour-preventing bamboo sports socks, and Iron Roots‘ (Netherlands) unisex hemp hoodie that looks and feels great on every body.

Threads 4 Thought

Rated: Good
image of person in active tee by Threads 4 Thought

Andrei Tee – Ships internationally from the US

Threads 4 Thought carries everyday basics, workout wear, and other styles that are produced responsibly and aligned with its sustainable initiatives. Take comfort in the carbon neutral Andrei Tee made using recycled material while delivering high performance as it wicks away sweat to keep you cool during your workout.

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Organic Basics

Rated: Great
man wearing ethical activewear shirt by Organic Basics

SilverTech™ Active Long-Sleeve – Ships internationally from Denmark

Organic Basics offers high-quality sustainable fashion basics for men and women in organic materials. The Denmark-based brand puts sustainable thinking at the centre of everything—it only chooses fabrics that care for our environment, and only ever partners with factories that care about their impact. This odourless long-sleeve tee is made with sweat-wicking, recycled materials for your active lifestyle. Organic Basics clothes are available in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Organic Basics @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Organic Basics @ thegreenlabels.

Shop Organic Basics.

Presca

Rated: Good
two images of person in jersey by Presca

Core Collection Gold Jersey – Ships internationally from the UK

Presca is an activewear label that designs and manufactures high performance sportswear with sustainability in mind. This UK-based brand is on a mission to take back materials which were polluting the planet and redesign them into performance sportswear that is built to last, like this recycled Gold Jersey. Find the range in inclusive sizes 2XS-3XL.

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Shop Presca.

Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good
plus size black man with vitiligo wearing sustainable green windbreaker by Girlfriend Collective

Laser Hooded Half-Zip Windbreaker – Ships internationally from the US

Girlfriend Collective creates minimal, luxury clothes made with certified fair labour, certified by the Social Accountability Standard International SA8000. The brand uses eco-friendly materials like recycled polyester as well as low-impact non-toxic dyes and is fully Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. The brand recently launched a men’s active collection which we love, including this bright UPF 50+ windbreaker. Inclusively sized Girlfriend Collective offers products from 2XS-6XL.

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Shop Girlfriend Collective @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Girlfriend Collective @ thegreenlabels.

Shop Girlfriend Collective.

Outerknown

Rated: Good
Flat lay of a black and blue men's windbreaker by Outerknown.

Evolution Windbreaker – Ships internationally from the US

Founded by surf champion Kelly Slater, Outerknown is a sustainable brand that aims to blend style and function with the protection of natural resources. The brand is Bluesign certified and has partnered with the Fair Labour Association. This black and blue windbreaker is crafted 100% ECONYL® recycled nylon. Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Outerknown.

tentree

Rated: Good
Grey lightweight men's activewear shorts ethically made by tentree.

Destination Latitude Shorts – Ships internationally from Canada

tentree is a Canadian sustainable lifestyle brand that plants 10 trees for every item purchased. The certified B-Corp brand has already helped to remove tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and reforested over 5,000 hectares of land (that’s equal to 12,000 football fields). But its commitment to sustainability extends way beyond trees. Using recycled, organic, and circular fabrics, tentree cuts down on huge amounts of waste and water usage with every piece. We love it for its super comfy fabrics and easy wardrobe staples that are available from XS to XL, like these versatile latitude shorts.

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Shop tentree.

CasaGIN

Rated: Good
man wearing black ethical activewear for men ECONYL leggings by CasaGIN

Be.Eco Leggings – Ships internationally from Italy

CasaGIN is a positive place, designed for those looking for a sustainable and conscious lifestyle where you can find products capable of conveying well-being and harmony. No set of ethical activewear for men is complete without a pair of leggings, and these black sports leggings are made from recovered fishing nets. Bonus points—there’s a pocket for your keys AND the logos are high-vis.

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Patagonia

Rated: Good
Black eco-friendly short sleeve long leg wetsuit by Patagonia.

Men’s R1® Lite Yulex® Front-Zip Short Sleeve Full Suit – Ships internationally from the US

Patagonia is a brand which truly lives and breathes the great outdoors. It makes clothing for trail running, climbing, mountain biking, surfing, skiing, and snowboarding. Patagonia has strong labour rights and uses recycled, rather than virgin, polyester. It has also committed to reducing its energy use and emissions. It has an extensive range of ethical activewear for men including this wetsuit, which is made with Fairtrade rubber and recycled polyester, and is perfect for transition seasons.

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Shop Patagonia @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Patagonia.

Shop Patagonia Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Patagonia Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

éclipse

Rated: Great
man wearing grey sun sleeves by eclipse brand

Sun Sleeves – Ships internationally from the US

éclipse creates climate control UPF 50+ clothing essentials and accessories to help keep the whole family sunsafe. It manufactures locally to reduce its carbon footprint, and its entire product range is vegan-friendly. While the brand stocks a selection of ethical activewear for men, we love these sun sleeves. They are an extension of the popular gloves, fitting from armpit to just beyond the wrist. Products are stocked in sizes S-XL.

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Shop éclipse.

Loop Swim

Rated: Great
man wearing navy blue recycled PET plastic rashguard by Loop Swim

Nantucket Navy Sunseeker Rashie – Ships internationally from China

Loop Swim transforms post-consumer use plastic bottles into phenomenal REPREVE UP50+ sun protective swimwear for men, women, and kids, like this navy Sunseeker Rashie. Find most items in sizes XS to XL.

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Boody

Rated: Good
white active sports socks for men by Boody

Men’s Active Sports Socks – Ships internationally from Australia

No list of ethical activewear for men would be complete without a good pair of active sports socks, like these odour-preventing ones from Boody. Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is an Australian clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green and ethical. Find the range in sizes XS-3XL.

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Shop Boody.

Shop Boody @ Immaculate Vegan.

CARIUMA

Rated: Good
white high top sustainable skate shoes by CARIUMA

CATIBA Pro High Skate Shoes – Ships internationally from Brazil

CARIUMA is a sustainable Brazilian sneaker brand that wants you to feel crazy comfortable while providing effortless style in organic canvas, leather, and suede styles. How cool are these white high-top skate shoes? They are engineered for durability, movement, and the best grip possible. Find CARIUMA’s shoes in US sizes 5-13.

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Ethletic

Rated: Good
fair trade sneakers for men by Ethletic brand

Fair Sneaker Root II Pewter Grey – Ships to Europe and the US from Germany

Ethletic make fair trade casual shoes and sneakers from organic cotton and natural rubber. Their line of Root II sneakers come with a reinforced toe section, a padded tongue and a padded collar for extra comfort. The all-round sole strip features extra-stable stitching and the removable antibacterial insole is made with coconut fibres for added absorption, making this the perfect sneaker for everything from skating to parkour.

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Iron Roots

Rated: Good
Someone playing basketball and wearing a sand coloured hemp active hoodie designed by Iron Roots.

Unisex Hemp Performance Hoodie – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

Iron Roots is a Dutch sustainable sportswear brand that makes all its apparel from plant based fabrics. Its pieces effortlessly combine design, functionality, and sustainability. This hemp performance hoodie is designed to take you from yoga to the basketball court. Find sizes S-XL.

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Shop Iron Roots @ Staiy.

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True Tribe

Rated: Good
Someone wearing camo print active shorts with built in short active tights made by True Tribe.

Camo Grigio Running Shorts – Ships internationally from France

True Tribe is a French activewear and swimwear designer that seeks to redefine the codes of conscious fashion. These camo running shorts are multi-layered for optimal movement, available in sizes XS-2XL.

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Adidas (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start

Pre-Owned Activewear – Ships internationally from Germany

Adidas is one of the largest sportswear makers in the world. The company has set some good environmental and labour standards, including an absolute target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated from its own operations.

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Shop Adidas Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

 

Nike (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start
man of colour wearing black Nike sportswear and images of second hand Nike sweater and sneakers

Pre-Owned Activewear – Ships internationally

Nike is an American sportswear and activewear manufacturer. The brand has good policies to audit suppliers in its supply chain, but it is not taking adequate steps to ensure payment of a living wage for its workers. By buying Nike second hand you're helping keep clothes out of landfills and helping protect workers by slowing down the fast fashion cycle and the relentless demands on low-paid workers in the supply chain.

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Shop Nike Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Reebok (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start

Pre-Owned Reebok Activewear – Ships internationally

Reebok has set some good environmental and labour standards over the years. It is a founding member of the Better Cotton Initiative, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and is partially certified by Bluesign.

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Shop Reebok Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Jack Wolfskin (Pre-Owned)

Rated: Good

Pre-Owned Jack Wolfskin Pre-Owned – Ships internationally

Founded in 1941, Jack Wolfskin is a German brand on a mission to motivate people to go outside and connect with nature, experience new things, and enjoy (life outdoors) with family and friends. The brand has good policies to audit suppliers in its supply chain and it uses a few eco-friendly materials.

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Shop Jack Wolfskin Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Editor's note

Feature image via Iron Roots, all other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet, and animals. Use our directory to search thousands of rated brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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