10 Eco-Friendly Activewear Brands That Don’t Sacrifice Performance

 

Looking for quality athletic wear that’s not detrimental to the environment? Activewear manufacturing is notorious for its devastating impacts it has on the planet. But some brands have gone out of their way to change that and create both aesthetically pleasing and eco-friendly attire.  

Here is our list of 10 sustainable alternatives to mainstream activewear brands, that don’t sacrifice performance, style, or ethics. You will find popular brands and some less known personal favorites.

The attire in this list is very versatile and can work for running, boxing, yoga, pilates, or any other activity. Whether you’re looking for joggers, biker shorts, or sports bras you will find them here.

Discount codes are available for select brands.

 
 

Photo courtesy of Outdoor Voices

Photo courtesy of Outdoor Voices

1. Outdoor Voices

  • Best Seller: Springs Leggings

  • Price Range: $25-$100

At Outdoor Voices, there is no such thing as compromise. Here you will find state of the art activewear that is stylish, functional and eco-friendly. They have a premium selection of leggings as well as tops.

They have garments specialized for running, spinning, yoga, outdoors, and travel.

Their materials are, Breathable, Sweat-wicking, Thermoregulating, and Anti-Odor.

Outdoor Voices uses materials that not only perform great but are also consciously sourced. For example, they use sustainably sourced Merino, Mega Fleece (recycled wool), Eco-mesh (100% recycled mesh), and Rec Poly (up-cycled post-consumer water bottles).

They also support places where employees are safe, paid fairly, given benefits, and work regulated hours.


2. Girlfriend Collective

  • Best Seller: Compressive Leggings

  • Price Range: $30-$80

At Girlfriend Collective, you will find quality leggings and tops that feel so good, you won't believe they're made out of recycled fishnets. Their garments are plain in design but come in a beautiful selection of colors.

There also a size-inclusive brand, so they have sizes for girls from XXS to 6XL. Plus they have biker shorts! Being trendy doesn’t have to cost the planet anymore.

Girlfriend Collective’s commitment to sustainability and ethics is impressive. They don’t just tout transparency they provide substance. On their website, you can find detailed descriptions of how their clothes are made and the eco-friendly practices they implement on the process that otherwise wouldn’t be.

Photo courtesy of Girlfriend Collective

Photo courtesy of Girlfriend Collective


Photo courtesy of Wolven Threads

Photo courtesy of Wolven Threads

3. Wolven Threads

  • Best Seller: Aqua Aura Legging

  • Price Range: $40-$90

  • Use code: LENCOI20WOLVEN for 20% off

Wolven Threads believes that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your sense of style to protect the planet. So they offer ethical activewear that is stylish and vibrant.

They have leggings, shorts, joggers, and tops in colorful abstract prints. Also, most of their tops are reversible, so you get two looks from just one top.

Their tees are made from trees, and their bottoms are made from 84% recycled P.E.T. They use water-based dyes, and every product has a graph showing you how many pounds of CO2 were prevented, gallons of water saved and bottles diverted from landfills.


4. Teeki

  • Best Seller: High Horses Hot Pants

  • Price Range: $30-$80

  • Sale: 10% off through our link

If you're looking for activewear a bit more bold and playful, definitely try Teeki. They are most famous for their yoga leggings and tops in unique graphic prints. You can actually shop by print instead of design on their website.

All of there products are made from sustainable fabrics or recycled goods. For example, they use recycled polyester (recycled plastic water bottles), organic cotton, and water friendly printing.

All of their goods are produced in a local sewing factory in California where they practice safe, fair, legal, and humane working conditions.

Photo courtesy of Teeki

Photo courtesy of Teeki


Photo courtesy of VYAYAMA

Photo courtesy of VYAYAMA

5. VYAYAMA

  • Best Seller: Dusk Print Legging

  • Price Range: $35-$300

Quality over quantity.

VYAYAMA has a limited but excellent collection of active wear. They have leggings, shorts, sports bras, hoodies, tanks, and sweaters.

Geared toward the modern girl, their products are simple in design and mostly monochrome.

VYAYAMA is dedicated to protecting the planet, which is why all of there garments are nontoxic, sustainable, kind to the skin, and ethically made. The fabrics they use include Tencel, Curpo, Micromodal, Wool, and Conscious Cashmere.


6. Pure By Luce

  • Best Seller: Noemie Tulum Leggings

  • Price Range: $60-$90

Pure By Luce has a “crush on the world" and they're embracing it.

Every year Pure By Luce travels to a new place and collaborates with a local artist to create custom prints, which results in a collection of activewear that is unique and specific to the beauty of a select land.

So far they have two collections: Mexico and South Africa. They have leggings, T-shirts, Crop tops, Bras, and sweaters.

All of their activewear is made from sustainable European materials and sewn in ethically-managed factories in Portugal.

Photo courtesy of Pure By Luce

Photo courtesy of Pure By Luce


Photo Courtesy of Threads 4 Thought

Photo Courtesy of Threads 4 Thought

7. Threads 4 Thought

  • Best Seller: Firefly Legging

  • Price Range: $20-$80

  • Sale: Yes

At Threads 4 Though think super soft as well as stylish.

They have the essentials like leggings, sports bras, tanks, and jackets, but they also have a super soft collection of pants and sweatshirts perfect for running and other sports.

All of their products are produced responsibly, using eco-friendly fabrics, and they support sustainable initiatives like the International Rescue Committee’s New Roots program.


8. Yoga Democracy

  • Best Seller: Pretty in Pink Leggings

  • Price Range: $20-$80

  • Use code: LENCOI20YOGADEM for 20% off

If you were specifically looking for yoga wear, then you have found the place. Yoga Democracy has leggings, shorts, graphic tees, and yoga mats.

In this list of activewear brands, Yoga Democracy stands out for being affordable, having the biggest selection and carrying some of the wackiest prints. Some of the more unique prints include Frida Kahlo, Egyptology, Zen Water Garden, and Pretty in Pink.

They also offer free hemming. So if your leggings are too long, you can ask them to be hemmed, free of cost.

Yoga democracy is committed to USA manufacturing and reducing their carbon footprint. They use eco-friendly and post-consumer fabrics like recycled nylon.

Photo courtesy of Yoga Democracy

Photo courtesy of Yoga Democracy


Photo courtesy of Rumi X

Photo courtesy of Rumi X

9. Rumi X

  • Best Seller: Wanderer Leggings

  • Price Range: $20-$80

Rumi X’s collection of active wear is small but very versatile. Thoughtfully designed, you can use there activewear in activities like boxing, yoga, dance, pilates, cross fit and so much more.

They have tops, sports bras, shorts and leggings. They also offer maternity leggings! There garments come in pleasing patterns as well as solid colors.

Rumi X uses innovative fabrics that are sustainable and top performing. Currently they use post consumer plastic bottles and coffee grounds. Read more about how they turn coffee grounds into leggings on their website.


10. Satva

  • Best Seller: Mantra Legging

  • Price Range: $30-$90

  • Use Code: SALEONSALE for 30% 0ff

Satva is great place to shop for activewear basics. They have tops, jackets, leggings, pants and sports bras. They also have a small selection of kids clothes that is super cute.

To make their clothes Satva uses organic cotton, recycled polyester and non toxic plant based dyes.

Satva is dedicated to improving the global environment and supporting improvised farming communities. To make that possible they have partnered with the Suminter India Organics cooperation. Together they have improved the livelihood and economic prosperity of organic farmers in India and launched, Disha, an initiative that sponsors the education of young girls.

Photo courtesy of Satva

Photo courtesy of Satva

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