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06 Dec
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Our Favourite Ethical Activewear Brands from the USA and Canada

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Discover our favourite ethical activewear brands from the US and Canada.

Our favourite “Good” and “Great” activewear brands for our American and Canadian friends

Staying active is one of the best things we can do for our health. But when choosing which activewear we’re going to rock to the gym, on a run, or during our at home yoga classes, we should also be considering the health of the planet, workers, and animals! That’s where ethical activewear from the US and Canada comes in.

To make your life easier, we found a selection of ethical and sustainable brands who made it their mission to help you do just that. And because a lot of you asked for it, we divided this series into 3 articles so you can shop from brands closer to you!

So without further ado, here our favourite “Good” and “Great” activewear brands for our American and Canadian friends!

Threads 4 Thought

Rated: Good
woman wearing purple threads 4 thoughts sports bra

Malana Sports Bra – Ships internationally

Threads 4 Thought uses a range of sustainable materials including Lenzing Modal harvested from the limbs of beech trees. This process means that the trees are never cut down and 95% of the production materials to make the yarn are recovered and reused. Their manufacturers are a combination of Fair Trade USA certified and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production certified. The Malana sports bra is made from recycled polyester and features a cute-yet-functional strap design, offering both the comfort and support you need during your workout.

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Shop Threads 4 Thought.

Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good
woman wearing burgundy girlfriend collective leggings

Plum Compressive High-Rise Legging – Ships internationally

Girlfriend Collective creates minimal, luxury women’s activewear made with fair labour, certified by the Social Accountability Standard International SA8000. The brand uses recycled polyester as well as low-impact non-toxic dyes and is fully Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. This classic legging is recycled and recyclable, which means you can give it back as part of the ReGirlfriend initiative so it can be reused and upcycled. How cool is that?! Find Girlfriend’s range in inclusive sizes 2XS-6XL.

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Shop Girlfriend Collective @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Girlfriend Collective @ thegreenlabels.

Shop Girlfriend Collective.


Rated: Good
patagonia black hoodie

Men’s Fitz Roy Horizons Uprisal Hoodie – Ships internationally

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. This fantastic Fair Trade hoodie is 95% recycled and is made using 14.9 plastic bottles and 0.82 pounds of cotton scrap, saving 184 gallons of water compared to a conventional cotton hoodie!

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Shop Patagonia @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Patagonia @ Labell-D.

Shop Patagonia.

Shop Patagonia Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Patagonia Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.


Rated: Good
woman wearing black leggings by tentree

inMotion 7/8 Seamed Legging – Ships internationally


People in dresses by tentree.

tentree – Site-wide (US, CA)

Anything from more sustainable loungewear, to activewear, outerwear, and new summer products (dresses, jumpsuits, shorts and more). Up to 50% off site wide off. (Available in the US and Canada only) (Ends: 28 MAY)

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Canadian brand tentree believes big change starts small. Small as in bringing your reusable bag to the grocery store, making fewer, more thoughtful purchases, and choosing to purchase sustainably when you do. The brand plants ten trees for every item purchased to help regenerate ecosystems and provide planting jobs in communities around the world, and has already planted over 65 million trees.

All tentree’s products are created with an Earth-First approach, meaning they're made in fair, safe working conditions, and constructed using more sustainably sourced and recycled materials.

tentree’s super comfy fabrics and easy wardrobe staples are typically available from XS-XL.

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Shop tentree.


Rated: Great
woman wearing pact pale pink t-shirt

Relaxed Raw Edge Tee – Ships to North America

PACT is a brand that is passionate about being part of a movement transforming the way apparel is made. All of their clothing is sweatshop and child-labor-free, and its activewear range is almost entirely made from certified organic cotton, with more than 50% also certified as Fair Trade. If you’re looking for great basic tees to sweat in, then this brand is for you!

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Shop PACT.


Rated: Great
woman wearing nube leggins

Artifact Legging – Ships internationally

Nube turns recycled plastic into responsible and fashionable activewear, designed and made in the US, like these fun leggings. The brand partners with artists and designers around the world to create prints motivated by the environmental crisis that inspire connection and action. This fully woman-owned business uses a closed-loop manufacturing process by recycling all off-cuts created during the manufacturing process.

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Shop Nube.


Rated: Great

Sun Sleeves – Ships internationally

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.

Products are stocked in sizes S-XL.

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Shop éclipse.

Nike (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start
A young man and woman in Nike gear

Pre-Owned Nike 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.

And there you have it, our favourite ethical activewear brands from North America. For more activewear inspo, head over our Ultimate Guide to Ethical Activewear!

Editor's note

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