The 2020 Ultimate Guide to Ethical and Sustainable Activewear
11 May

The 2020 Ultimate Guide to Ethical and Sustainable Activewear

Whether you’re looking to start a new training regime or you’re deep in the grind of your routine, sometimes it takes a little pop of colour to pep you up for your next spin class. The desire to do something good for your body and mind is nothing new, but what if you could be minimising your environmental footprint at the same time? Lucky for you, we found the best sustainable activewear brands currently on the market.

Endorphins aside, these ethical activewear options keep the good vibes flowing with fashion-forward vibes that don’t cost the earth. Sweat it out in style and move effortlessly from yoga to a museum, the highest hike to coffee with friends.

The best part? Each of these sustainable activewear brand is rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’, so you can exercise easy knowing they’re committed to reducing their impact on animals, people, and the planet.

PACT

Rated: Great
woman of colour doing yoga in dark grey leggings by sustainable activewear brand PACT

PACT Leggings – Ships internationally from the US

PACT’s eco activewear range is almost entirely made from certified organic cotton, with more than 50% also certified as Fair Trade. All of their clothing is sweatshop-free and child-labor-free. PACT is a brand that is passionate about being part of a movement transforming the way apparel is made. Its leggings are available in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop PACT.

nu-in

Rated: Good

100% Recycled Half Zip Cropped Sweatshirt – Ships internationally from Sweden

Offers

plus size woman wearing light brown eco-friendly cardigan by nu-in

nu-in – Plus Size

Ethical brand nu-in proves that affordable fashion, inclusive sizing, and sustainability can coexist. 15% off first order of plus size clothing with code GOODONYOU15. (Ends: 25 MAY)

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woman and man wearing beige crewneck sweater made ethically by nu-in

nu-in – Unisex Clothing

The gender binary is so last century. Discover nu-in's range of sustainable, gender-inclusive, unisex clothing for everybody. 15% off first order of unisex clothing with code GOODONYOU15. (Ends: 25 MAY)

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black woman wearing beige sustainable activewear by nu-in

nu-in – Activewear

Sustainable activewear made from eco-friendly materials and reused offcuts to minimise textile waste. 15% off first order of activewear with code GOODONYOU15. (Ends: 25 MAY)

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older woman wearing black flared pants by ethical brand nu-in

nu-in – Wide Leg Pants

Have you ever seen comfier looking bottoms?! nu-in's flattering wide leg pants suit anybody. 15% off first order of wide leg pants with code GOODONYOU15.   (Ends: 26 MAY)

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woman wearing light blue fitted knitted dress with puff sleeves by nu-in

nu-in – Dresses

Trendy, flattering, and sustainable dresses that are both fashion forward and affordable. 15% off first order of dresses with code GOODONYOU15. (Ends: 26 MAY)

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nu-in is a European brand that features activewear, loungewear, and underwear collections, as well as trend-led men's and women's ranges. It prioritises the planet by using a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, and reuses offcuts to minimise textile waste. The brand is inclusively sized, and features an extended sizing range up to 6XL!

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Shop nu-in.

Sage Larock

Rated: Good

Sana Terra Asymmetrical Sports Bra – Ships internationally from the US

Made in-house by a small team in LA, 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.

Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Great
woman of colour wearing dark blue windbreaker from ethical fashion company girlfriend collective

Half Zip Windbreaker – Ships internationally from the US

Girlfriend Collective creates minimal, sustainable 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. Find the windbreaker in inclusive sizes 2XS-6XL.

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Shop Girlfriend Collective @ Luisa via Roma.

Shop Girlfriend Collective @ thegreenlabels.

Shop Girlfriend Collective.

tentree

Rated: Good
woman wearing black leggings by tentree

inMotion 7/8 Seamed Legging – 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.

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Shop tentree.

Organic Basics

Rated: Great
woman sitting in burgundy yoga outfit by organic basics

SilverTech™ Active Leggings – Ships internationally from Denmark

Organic Basics offers high quality sustainable fashion basics and ethical activewear 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. Organic Basics leggings are available in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Organic Basics @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Organic Basics @ thegreenlabels.

Shop Organic Basics.

Patagonia

Rated: Good
blue men's running pullover from sustainable brand patagonia

Men’s Airshed Pro Pullover – 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, and stocks sizes XS-3XL.

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Shop Patagonia @ Luisa via Roma.

Shop Patagonia.

Shop Patagonia Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

dk active

Rated: Good

Power Bike Pants – 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 products in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop dk active.

Outerknown

Rated: Good

Apex Trunks – 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. Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Outerknown.

ARIELLE

Rated: Good
woman wearing black sustainable arielle leggings

Freedom Exists Legging – Ships internationally from the US

ARIELLE is a US-based sustainable apparel label committed to organic, recycled and zero-waste fabrics, local manufacturing, fair-trade supply chain and plastic-free packaging and production. It makes covetable clothes with no compromise to people or planet and carries a size range of XS-L.

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Shop ARIELLE.

Team Timbuktu

Rated: Good

7/8 Leggings in Olive Green – Ships internationally from Australia

Team Timbuktu creates high-performance waterproof raincoats and sweat-wicking activewear, made from recycled plastic bottles. Sizes available are 2XS-XL.

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Shop Team Timbuktu.

Adidas by Stella McCartney

Rated: Good

Layered Tech Shorts – Ships internationally from Germany

In an eco power collaboration we didn’t know we needed but definitely deserve, sporstwear company Adidas paired with sustainable luxury fashion brand Stella McCartney to create stunning sneakers and activewear that look and feel great. Made from a percentage of recycled Parley Ocean Plastic®, you can walk the walk knowing you helped prevent plastic waste from reaching the ocean. These shorts are stocked in sizes XS-L.

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Shop Adidas by Stella McCartney @ Luisa via Roma.

Shop Adidas by Stella McCartney @ Farfetch.

Nube

Rated: Good
woman in green patterned recycled yoga leggings by Nube

Artifact Crop Tank – Ships to the US

Nube turns recycled plastic into fashionable and responsible 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. The crop tank can be found in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Nube.

Boody

Rated: Good
man wearing grey sustainable t-shirt by Boody

Men’s Crewneck T-Shirt – Ships internationally from Australia

Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is a clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green & ethical. Boody’s sustainable activewear line has everything you might need for your workout, including bamboo leggings, sports bras, shorts and socks. Find the range in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Boody.

TALA

Rated: Good
plus size woman of colour wearing baby blue leggings from ethical fashion brand TALA

The Zinnia Legging – Ships internationally from the UK

TALA creates fresh and funky active and athleisure wear. It uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including upcycled materials, and promotes body positivity with gorgeous diverse models in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop TALA.

Beaumont Organic

Rated: Good
woman of colour wearing sustainable yoga bra by beaumont organic

AQUENE Yoga Bra – Ships internationally from the UK

Beaumont Organic is a UK-based slow fashion brand that blends simple style with ethical production practices. Founded by Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia, the brand also has its own charitable foundation which supports people in Fiji. Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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Shop Beaumont Organic @ Rêve en Vert.

Shop Beaumont Organic.

Elle Evans

Rated: Great
plus size woman in hot pink sustainable activewear by elle evans

Slate short – Ships internationally from Australia

Elle Evans produces sustainable sportswear and swimwear for women and children, made from post-consumer waste fabrics. Shop the inclusively sized range in XS-3XL.

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Shop Elle Evans.

Threads 4 Thought

Rated: Good
man wearing grey threads 4 thought zip hoodie

Boyd Half-Zip Windbreaker – Ships internationally from the US

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. The brand's manufacturers are a combination of Fair Trade USA certified and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production certified. Find the range in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Threads 4 Thought.

WE-AR

Rated: Good

Alpo Tank – Ships internationally from NZ

WE-AR clothing is designed for existential living, specialising in men and women’s yoga and casual wear. It uses organic cotton, linen, and lyocell, and sets a yearly target to increase its use of environmentally friendly materials, which is encouraging! The range is available in sizes XS-L.

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Shop WE-AR.

Silou

Rated: Good

Audrey Crop – Ships internationally from the UK

Created for fitness, designed for life, SILOU is a luxury activewear brand specialising in clothes that feel good on the body, perform in the gym, shape and support, and are kind to the planet. This UK brand rates 'Great' for its environmental impact: it uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, including recycled materials, and has a limited production run to minimise textile waste.

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Shop Silou.

éclipse

Rated: Good

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! Products are stocked in sizes S-XL.

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Shop éclipse.

Adidas

Rated: Good
woman wearing adidas by stella mccartney sustainable printed tank top

Pre-Owned Activewear by Adidas – Ships internationay

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 @ Luisa via Roma.

Shop Adidas Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Adidas.

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.

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.

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Editor's note

Feature image via Girlfriend Collective, 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. We love to recommend some of the best sustainable brands, rated ‘Good’ or ‘Great’. We also encourage shopping pre-owned as another great way to reduce the impact of our fashion choices. Use our Directory to search more than 3,000 brands. We may earn a commission on sales with top-rated partners made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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