12 Jan

Find the Perfect Fit With These 21 More Sustainable Leggings

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Ditch the cheap virgin polyester and go for some more sustainable leggings made from organic cotton to polyester from recycled PET to bamboo. Here are our top picks for the best low-impact leggings on the market. 

Leggings built better by responsible brands

Whether you’re on the hunt for activewear to flaunt during your next HIIT class, or just want something comfy and supportive to wear on the daily, we’ve got your bottom half covered as we help you find the perfect fit in this roundup of more sustainable leggings.

Leggings and other activewear garments are often made from planet-polluting plastic based materials like virgin polyester, so while you’re balancing your mind and body by getting your groove on, you might be unintentionally damaging the environment at the same time—not very balanced. While polyester has its place as a durable fabric for performance garments like activewear, avoiding virgin polyester is a good move for the conscious consumer.

The following “Good” and “Great” brands use a selection of more eco-friendly fabrics in their leggings, from organic cotton to polyester from recycled PET to antibacterial bamboo. Just remember, even recycled polyester and nylon can shed microfibres, so be sure to read our guide to dealing with microfibres when caring for your clothes.

Boody

Rated: Good
woman wearing dark olive sustainable leggings by boody

Motivate Full-Length High-Waist Tights – Ships internationally from Australia

Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is a clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green and ethical. These dark olive eco leggings are made with a combination of organic bamboo and organic cotton for ultimate comfort and breathability—and perhaps even more exciting, they have pockets.

Find the tights in sizes XS-XL.

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Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good
A pair of ultralight powder blue leggings by Girlfriend Collective.

Dewdrop FLOAT Ultralight Legging – Ships internationally from the US

Girlfriend Collective creates minimal, luxury women’s activewear made with certified 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. It can be hard to find bright colours in more ethical activewear, but Girlfriend Collective provides the goods with these powder blue leggings.

Inclusively sized Girlfriend Collective offers the tights from 2XS-6XL.

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tentree

Rated: Good
woman wearing black leggings by tentree

inMotion High Rise Legging – Ships internationally from Canada

tentree is a Canadian 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 them for their super comfy fabrics and easy wardrobe staples. These recycled polyester leggings are designed to inspire daily connection with the outdoors.

Find the tights in sizes XS-2XL.

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CasaGIN

Rated: Good

Leggings Be.Performance – Ships internationally from Italy

CasaGIN is a positive place, designed for those looking for a more sustainable and conscious lifestyle where you can find products capable of conveying wellbeing and harmony. Its performance leggings are made from regenerated fabric.

The tights are offered in sizes XS-XL.

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Presca

Rated: Good
two images of people in leggings by Presca

Conscious Capsule Green Leggings – Ships internationally from 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 in these unique green leggings.

Find these tights in sizes XS-XL.

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Nube

Rated: Great
woman wearing patterned eco-friendly leggings by nube

Artifact Legging – Ships internationally from the US

Nube turns recycled plastic into responsible and fashionable activewear, like these gorgeous teal and white more sustainable leggings, designed and made in the US. 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.

Find these fun Nube leggings in sizes XS-XL.

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Swedish Stockings

Rated: Great
woman wearing black leggings by swedish stockings

Gerda Leggings – Ships internationally from Sweden

Swedish Stockings creates the best quality lower-impact black and patterned stockings, knee highs, tights, socks, and pantyhose. The brand also offers a recycling program to help clean up the hosiery industry—if you send in three or more pairs of synthetic pantyhose from any brand, you will receive a 10% discount code to use next time you purchase Swedish Stockings. These opaque Gerda leggings are 100% recycled.

Find this item in sizes S-XL.

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Tripulse

Rated: Great

TENCEL Workout Leggings with Side Pockets – Ships internationally from Sweden

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. These workout leggings are designed for maximum performance.

The leggings are offered in sizes XS-3XL.

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Armedangels

Rated: Great
woman wearing dark green conscious leggings by armedangels

FARIBAA Leggings – Ships internationally from Germany

Germany’s Armedangels gets a top rating overall from us. The brand covers all the basics for women, men, and kids. Armedangels’ quality and long-lasting pieces are made from more eco-friendly and certified materials, like Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton. The brand also adopted the Fair Wear Foundation Code of Conduct to protect its workers abroad. The FARIBAA organic cotton leggings are 100% fairly-made, and come in a range of flattering tones.

The tights are offered in sizes XS-2XL at the time of writing.

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Malaika New York

Rated: Good

Tube Vegan Leather Leggings – Ships internationally from the US

Malaika New York is a minimalistic clothing brand with a focus on lower-waste clothing and accessories. The US-based brand aims to eliminate fashion’s harmful environmental effects by utilising minimal waste patterns, while maximising wearability by producing luxe-quality, contemporary garments that make a statement now and into the future. These vegan leggings are made from bike inner tubes, vegan leather, and organic cotton.

Find the tights in sizes S-L.

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dk active

Rated: Good
Peach coloured vegan leggings by dk active.

Odessa 7/8 Tight – Ships internationally from Australia

dk active is an Australian high-performance brand supporting everybody seeking an authentic edge in life. 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 stunning Odessa tights in sizes XS-2XL.

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Happy Earth

Rated: Good

O Ka Honua Plant-Based Performance Leggings – Ships internationally from the US

Happy Earth Apparel is a US organic clothing brand that works to give back, inspired by nature and dedicated to preserving it. While traditional activewear is made from virgin plastic, this legging not only out-competes in performance, it’s also built from plant-based materials.

The leggings are available in sizes 2XS-2XL at the time of writing.

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Amble Outdoors (Team Timbuktu)

Rated: Good
Dark olive green recycled fabric leggings by Amble Outdoors.

All Day 7/8 Legging – Ships internationally from Australia

Amble Outdoors (formerly Team Timbuktu) creates high-performance waterproof raincoats and sweat-wicking activewear, made from recycled plastic bottles. These olive green leggings are squat proof and more sustainably made.

They are available in sizes XS-2XL.

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Orbasics

Rated: Great
person stretching in active top and leggings by Orbasics

All Day Leggings – Ships internationally from Germany

Orbasics is a stylish and simple German clothing brand that turns the softest organic cotton into gorgeous clothes that last. Made with quality and longevity in mind, the All Day Leggings are an easy choice. Crafted from soft, breathable organic cotton jersey, these gems move with you for whatever the activity for staying in-in or getting out-out.

Find them in sizes 2XS-2XL.

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Patagonia

Rated: Good
black mens patagonia running leggings

Men’s Endless Run Tights – 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. These men’s more sustainable running tights are made with quick-drying and odour control technology, and are Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.

Find these tights in sizes XS-2XL.

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Beaumont Organic

Rated: Good
woman in lotus pose wearing black leggings by beaumont organic

Lisa-Jane Organic Cotton Leggings – Ships internationally from the UK

Beaumont Organic is a UK-based slow fashion brand that blends simple style with more ethical production practices. Founded by Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia, the brand also has its own charitable foundation which supports people in Fiji. These essential sustainable leggings have been relaunched in a luxury organic cotton, and feature a high waist and soft, stretchy fabric.

The leggings come in sizes XS-L.

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Elle Evans

Rated: Good
woman wearing patterned leggings by elle evans

Seta Crop Leggings – Ships internationally from Australia

Elle Evans produces more sustainable swimwear and activewear for women and children, made from post-consumer waste fabrics. These colourful conscious leggings are made from an ECONYL blend.

They are available in sizes 2XS-3XL.

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Threads 4 Thought

Rated: Good
Dark blue recycled polyester Monica leggings by Threads 4 Thought.

Monica Crop Legging 21″ – Ships internationally from the US

Threads 4 Thought uses a range of lower-impact 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. The brand’s manufacturers are a combination of Fair Trade USA certified and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production certified. Nothing feels better than looking great while staying conscious, which is why these cloudwash leggings made from recycled ocean plastic should be on your radar.

They are available in sizes XS-XL.

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PACT

Rated: Great
Orange and black polka dot pocket leggings responsibly made by PACT.

Pureactive Pocket Legging – Ships internationally from the US

PACT is a brand that is passionate about being part of a movement transforming the way apparel is made. All of its clothing is sweatshop-free and child-labour-free, and its activewear range is almost entirely made from certified organic cotton, with more than 50% also certified as Fair Trade.

We love the fun printed range of Pureactive Pocket Leggings, available in XS-2XL.

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Groceries Apparel

Rated: Good
Tie dye organic cotton leggings by Groceries Apparel.

Pax Leggings – Ships internationally from the US

Groceries Apparel is a California-based fashion brand that uses organic fabrics and non-toxic dyes in its range. These hand-dipped tie dye leggings are what dreams are made of—they are 100% non-toxic, made with GOTS certified organic cotton, and just stunning.

Run don’t walk to find them in sizes XS-3XL.

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Dedicated

Rated: Great
Colourful leaf print responsible leggings by Dedicated.

Tights Kaxholmen Collage Leaves Green – Ships internationally from Sweden

If you love a great graphic print, Swedish label Dedicated has you covered, like with these flattering leaf pattern leggings. Dedicated is an ethical streetwear brand for men, women, and children. All cotton used in its pieces are 100% organic and most are Fairtrade-certified, which means that you don’t have to sacrifice your ethics to dress in style.

The tights are offered in XS-XL at the time of writing.

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