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.

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Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good
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.

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Shop Girlfriend Collective.

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.

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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.

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Shop Patagonia.

Picture

Rated: Good
men's active shorts from sustainable brand Picture

Men’s Activa Short – Ships to Europe from France

France-based Picture designs eco-friendly, organic and recycled sporstwear and activewear for snowboarding, skiing, outdoor and surfing. The brand reuses all its offcuts to minimise textile waste and is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, working to ensure good working conditions for its workers.

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Shop Picture.

Outerknown

Rated: Good
man wearing golden sustainable volly trunks by Outerknown

Nomadic Volley Shorts – 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.

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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 conscious collective focussed on sustainable textiles and domestic manufacturing.

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Shop ARIELLE.

Adidas by Stella McCartney

Rated: Good
woman wearing light green sustainable running shorts by stella mccartney for adidas

Lightweight Running 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.

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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.

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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 leggins, sports bras, shorts and socks.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Miakoda

Rated: Great
two women wearing Miakoda sustainable yoga clothes

The Flowy Long Sleeve – Ships internationally from the US

If you’re all about that organic plant-based lifestyle, then you’ll most certainly vibe with Miakoda and its organic, ultra-cosy lounge and activewear. Supportive of different shapes and sizes, these ethical and sustainable pieces include stripped-back colours and designs that are all about comfort. Everything is manufactured in an ethical factory in NYC, and all packing materials are eco-friendly. Neat!

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Shop Miakoda.

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. Their manufacturers are a combination of Fair Trade USA certified and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production certified.

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Shop Threads 4 Thought.

WE-AR

Rated: Good
woman wearing ethical activewear by brand we-ar

Base 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!

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Shop WE-AR.

Vyayama

Rated: Good
black sustainable activewear bra by ethical brand vyayama

Kalablak Bralette – Ships internationally from the US

Taken from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘to tame the inner breath’, Vyayama (pronounced ‘vai-ah-mah’) is a luxury addition to even the most minimal workout wardrobe. The label uses innovative TENCEL® fabric - which is crafted in Europe from sustainably farmed eucalyptus - in much of its range.  This state of the art fibre keeps you cool, healthy and comfortable even in the most demanding asana. Vyayama's products are also certified Oeko-Tex Standard 100 - an independent certification that tests for harmful substances in textiles through the supply chain.

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Shop Vyayama.

éclipse

Rated: Good

Sun Sleeves – Ships internationally from the US

éclipse creates climate control UPF 50+ clothing essentials and accessories.

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Shop éclipse.

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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. Use our Directory to search more than 2,000 brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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