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18 Aug

13 More Sustainable Alternatives to Adidas We Know You’ll Love

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Adidas is one of the largest sportswear brands in the world, right after arch-rival Nike. Despite some good initiatives, the brand rates “Not Good Enough”. It has a long way to go before being considered more ethical and sustainable than other sports apparel companies. But if you’re looking for durable activewear, what conscious alternatives are there? Here are 13 more sustainable alternatives to Adidas we know you’ll love.

In terms of sustainability, Adidas is not quite there yet

Founded in 1949 in Bavaria, Germany, by Adolf Dassler, sportswear giant Adidas has grown to be the second largest activewear brand in the world. In February 2022, Adidas’ rating dropped from “Good” to “It’s a Start”, then to “Not Good Enough” in November 2023 after we updated our comprehensive ratings methodology to accommodate crucial movement in issues across ethics and sustainability in the industry.

On the environmental front, Adidas’ rating decreased from “Good” to “It’s a Start”. The brand uses some lower-impact materials and does research with industry bodies on the impact of microplastics. But these initiatives are not enough to compensate for Adidas’ low score on the Carbon Disclosure Project climate and water questionnaires, lack of policies to protect biodiversity in its supply chain, and information as to whether it’s on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated from its own operations and supply chain. In France, Adidas was also penalised for misleading consumers over environmental claims. ​​A clear case of greenwashing.

When it comes to people, Adidas’s labour rating dropped from “It’s a Start” to “Not Good Enough”. What’s worrying us is the lack of evidence that Adidas ensures payment of a living wage in most of its supply chain, as well as its links to recent human rights violations in its supply chain, including ongoing cases of wage theft in Cambodia.

Since 2020, we have also taken allegations of brands’ involvement in the human rights abuses taking place against Uighur people in China’s Xinjiang Province into account in our ratings and have penalised brands named in reports by various human rights and news organisations. While Adidas has made moves away from production in the region and pledged to boycott cotton from Xinjiang, there’s a lot more to the issue.

Adidas’ animal rating also went down from “It’s a Start” to “Not Good Enough” in a recent rating update. While the brand has a formal animal welfare policy aligned with Five Freedoms, it has no clear mechanisms to implement it. It does not use fur, exotic animal hair, or angora, but it still uses down, leather, exotic animal skin, and wool from non-mulesed sheep, though there’s no evidence to verify this claim.

Adidas’ overall rating is now “Not Good Enough”. The sportswear giant has fallen in recent years and has a long way to go to climb back up the ratings ladder. Adidas isn’t making good on its existing promises and not keeping pace with industry-wide actions for people, the planet, and animals.

So if you have Adidas gear in your wardrobe, by all means, cherish it: as we know, keeping our clothes for longer is one of the most sustainable things we can do. But if you want to shop more in line with your values, we recommend you support brands that embrace a slower fashion model. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite, more sustainable alternatives to Adidas below.

More sustainable alternatives to Adidas


Rated: Good
Someone wearing dark blue animal print activewear by Ambiletics.

Ambiletics is a more sustainable sports and yoga label from Munich. The brand is convinced that every (purchase) decision makes a difference. In the fashion sector in particular, far too little attention is paid to origin and production. Ambiletics wants to change this, so its motto is: MAKE IT MATTER.

Find most items in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Ambiletics.


Rated: Good
man wearing khaki leggings by caur

One of responsible French brand caur’s six core values is gender neutrality. It says “The goal is not to erase gender, but to reduce the impact of gender stereotypes that accompany gender labels.” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Find the range in sizes 2XS-2XL.

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Shop caur.

dk active

Rated: Great

dk active is an Australian high-performance brand. It uses renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact, and reuses all of its offcuts to minimise textile waste. It is also a PETA approved 100% vegan brand.

Find the products in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop dk active.


Rated: Good
A man with a tan-coloured hooded coat looks at the camera.

Thanks to recycled materials like rescued ocean plastic, Ecoalf creates more sustainable fashion with the same quality, design, and technical properties as the best non-recycled ones.

Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Ecoalf @ Farfetch.

Shop Ecoalf.


Rated: Good

ID.EIGHT is an Italian brand that was born from the meeting between Dong Seon Lee and Giuliana Borzillo, both come from the world of footwear, where they worked and met. Together they have created a more ethical and sustainable collection of sneakers with a refined design. The shoes are made in Italy with lower-impact materials from food industry waste such as apple peels, grape stalks and seeds, and pineapple leaves, as well as recycled cotton and polyester.

Find the shoes in EU sizes 36-46.

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MATE the Label

Rated: Good

MATE the Label creates clean essentials made with GOTS certified organic fabrics and lower-impact dyes. Its goal is to offer women everywhere a clean product that is just as beautiful as it is responsible. It is proudly female-founded and is predominately operated by women. This US brand also manufactures locally to reduce its carbon footprint.

Find the range in inclusive sizes XS-3XL.

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Shop MATE the Label.


Rated: Great
People laughing in sports bras by Tripulse.


People wearing the Pro leggings made from eucalyptus fabric TENCEL™ Lyocell by Tripulse.

Tripulse – Leggings

These leggings are perfect for warmer days and intense workouts, made from smooth and naturally cooling eucalyptus wood TENCEL™ Lyocell. Bundle and save 10% on the Next Gen sports bra and Pro leggings with code TRIPULSEBUNDLE10. (Ends: 2 MAY)

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People wearing the Next Gen sports bra made from eucalyptus fabric TENCEL™ Lyocell by Tripulse.

Tripulse – Sports Bra

Stay fresh in the Next Gen sports bra that combines minimalist design with clever functionality, made from eucalyptus fabric TENCEL™ Lyocell. Bundle and save 10% on the Next Gen sports bra and Pro leggings with code TRIPULSEBUNDLE10. (Ends: 2 MAY)

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Tripulse is a Swedish activewear brand on a mission to create high-performing activewear that protects our planet and its people. The brand believes that fitness, both physical and mental, is the foundation for a good and healthy life and gives people the courage to live the life they dreamed of, to become their best selves, to make bold moves, and to change the world for the better.

Find most items in sizes XS-3XL.

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Shop Tripulse.


Rated: Good

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. Find the range in inclusive sizes 2XS-3XL.

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Shop Presca.


Rated: Good

Pressio is a UK brand that seeks to provide truly world-leading, revolutionary performance sportswear built upon an uncompromised responsible approach.

Find most items in sizes 2XS-2XL.

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Shop Pressio.

Sage Larock

Rated: Good

Made in-house by a small team in LA, more sustainable luxury brand Sage Larock produces timeless swimwear and activewear that is sure to turn heads. Its stunning pieces are made from an Italian recycled plastic fabric that is high-quality and long-lasting—and a percentage of profits from each sale goes to support marine conservation non-profits.

Sage Larock stocks sizes XS-L.

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Shop Sage Larock.


Rated: Good

Veja is a French brand designing ecological and fair trade footwear, and is also a responsible fashion pioneer. The brand uses lower-impact materials, like GOTS certified cotton and vegetable-tanned leather. Veja pays its co-operative cotton growers and rubber tappers between 30% and 100% above the world market price. By not advertising, Veja is able to invest more money into strengthening its practices.

You can find Veja shoes in women's EU sizes 35-46, and men's 35-47.

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Shop Veja.

Shop Veja @ Cerqular.

Shop Veja @ LVRSustainable.

Shop Veja @ Outerknown.

Shop Veja @ Threads 4 Thought.

Shop Veja Kids second hand @ Retykle.

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