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07 Jan
woman wearing sustainable sports bra

Top 11 More Sustainable Sports Bras

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Whether you need light support for yoga or gardening, or something a little sturdier for high-impact sports, we’ve got you (partially) covered.

Ahh, sports bras—a revolutionary essential for active people the world over. The first iterations of the sports bra were invented in the late 1970’s, and were dubbed “jockstraps for breasts”. Unfortunate naming aside, they were sorely needed, with countless people complaining of runaway straps, chafing, and soreness while wearing regular bras during exercise.

Care for ourselves should go hand-in-hand with care for the world around us, which is why conscious consumers should avoid those trendy activewear companies you see splashed across your screens like Lululemon, Lorna Jane, and Gymshark, who are all “Not Good Enough” for people, the planet, and animals. These and similar brands will often participate in a touch of wokewashing in their advertising. Occasionally using inclusive models or saying they care about their community is all well and good, but if they’re not backing up their claims with transparency or solid action on living wages or sustainable fabrics, for example, then they simply don’t deserve your support.

Thankfully, more sustainable sports bras are cropping up every day. Whether you need light support for yoga or gardening, or something a little sturdier for high-impact sports, we’ve got you (partially) covered.

Elle Evans

Rated: Good

Lila Sports Bra – Ships internationally from Australia

Elle Evans produces more sustainable swimwear and activewear for women and children, made from post-consumer waste fabrics. This sports bra is as versatile as they get. Dubbed “absurdly supportive”, take it from your yoga class to a hike to the beach with ease!

Find the bra in sizes XS-3XL.

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Nube

Rated: Great
woman wearing patterned sports bra by nube

Artifact Crop Tank – Ships internationally from the US

Nube turns recycled plastic into more responsible and fashionable activewear, 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. For a unique look during low-impact activities, look no further than this recycled polyester crop tank from Nube.

Find the bra in sizes XS-XL

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Beaumont Organic

Rated: Good
woman wearing black sports bra by beaumont organic

Yoga Bra Black – 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. Speaking of support, check out the brand’s organic cotton yoga bra in black for a classic look and comfy feel.

Find the bra in sizes S-L.

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Knickey

Rated: Great

The Scoop – Ships internationally from the US

Made in a Fair Trade Certified factory, Knickey’s organic cotton underwear and activewear sets, including this classic sports bra, are some of the best in the sustainable market. Taking it a step further, the brand has also partnered with an NYC non-profit to recycle old undergarments, turning the fibres into insulation and rug pads. Sending in your old undies will not only help cut down on the amount of fibres that wind up in the landfill, but it’ll give you the freedom to buy new, responsibly-made sets.

Find the bra in sizes 2XS-3XL.

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People Tree

Rated: Great

Yoga Y-back Crop Top – Ships internationally from the UK

Eco-fashion pioneer and leader People Tree is a seriously responsible brand. It uses lower-impact materials and addresses labour risks by adopting the Fairtrade International – Small Producers Organisations Code of Conduct. The brand’s Yoga Crop Top is made from a naturally absorbent 95% GOTS certified soft organic cotton, with 5% elastane for stretch.

Find the bras in UK sizes 8-16.

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Boody

Rated: Good
woman wearing sports bra by boody

Racerback Sports Bra – Ships internationally from Australia

Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is a clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green and ethical. Its sustainable racerback sports bra is intended to provide medium, every day support. The new dark olive colour gets our vote.

Find the bra in sizes XS-XL.

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Threads 4 Thought

Rated: Good
woman wearing dark teal sports bra by threads 4 thought

Lunette Sports Bra – Ships internationally from the US

Threads 4 Thought uses a range of more responsible 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. The Lunette Sports Bra comes in a range of deep neutral colours, and is designed with body-hugging compression that gives you the perfect amount of support.

Find the bra in sizes XS-XL.

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CasaGIN

Rated: Good
woman wearing black light compression sports bra by CasaGIN

Light Compression Sport Bra – 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. This light compression sports bra combines breathability and lightness, to adapt to any activity.

Find the bra in sizes XS-L.

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Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good
woman wearing dark green sports bra by girlfriend collective

Black Dylan Bra – 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. We adore this inclusively-sized cropped tank sports bra hybrid for every body.

Find the bra in sizes 2XS-6XL

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dk active

Rated: Great
woman wearing red sports bra by dkactive

Helios Crop – 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! This more ethically manufactured bandeau style crop flatters a variety of body shapes.

Find the bra in sizes XS-2XL.

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Boob

Rated: Good
woman wearing maternity sports bra by boob

Fast Food Soft Sports Bra – Ships internationally from Sweden

Recycled polyamide has never been softer! Boob is a Swedish maternity and nursing clothes brand that aims to support you throughout your entire motherhood journey. This nursing sports bra is an essential for anyone breastfeeding, and adapts flexibly to your changing bust size!

Find the bra in sizes S-XL.

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Shop Boob.

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