Want to take care of your health while taking care of the earth?
Then you need to check out these sustainable activewear brands..
Finding eco-friendly activewear is harder than it should be due to the prominence of polyester in most activewear. But, it doesn’t have to be that way.
The eco-friendly and ethical activewear brands we’ve collected for you all focus on using sustainable materials and practices within their manufacturing process to ensure you’re going to feel good while working out and do the earth a favor.
Below you’ll see the brands we’re going to talk about. You can jump to any section by clicking their name in the table of contents.
Let’s get into it!
Best Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Activewear Brands
Sustainability: Eco-certified bamboo, Eco-friendly materials made from bamboo, eco-friendly processing system zero-waste manufacturing, compliance to WRAP Gold standard
Boody is an Aussie brand making simple but good looking activewear all made from eco-friendly materials.
They use viscose made from Bamboo (grown in regenerating forests), which is then blended with nylon and elastane to produce a final material that’s ideal for activewear.
Their workout clothes are breathable and thermo-regulating and you can choose from a range of leggings, shorts, sports bras, tanks, tees, and more.
Sustainability: Organic materials, GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, fair trade supply chain
Price: $ – $$
PACT make sustainable activewear for men, women, and kids. They’re GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) Certified which means their materials are all sourced in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.
They don’t use any toxic dyes or chemicals, or artificial fertilizers when growing their cotton.
PACT’s clothes come in all shapes and sizes, made for men, women, kids, and babies.
Sustainability: Recycled and organic materials, low-impact fibers, ethical fair trade certified factories and production process
Organic Basics create a variety of clothing, including activewear like the leggings and sports bra in the picture we’ve included here.
The brand has a variety of sustainability initiatives, such as using recycled materials, as well as renewable, biodegradable and low-impact textiles.
Their activewear is made with a natural silver covering over the polymer fiber, blended with organic cotton. The result? Soft, odor-controlling, and heat regulating activewear.
Compared to regular leggings or similar workout clothes, they save 6.99kg of CO2 from being released, they save 288 liters of water, and avoid 57g of textile waste.
Sustainability: Certified B Corp, sustainable materials
Allbirds are an activewear brand that start out making sneakers, but have now expanded into apparel.
Their TrinoXO™ tees are perfect for yoga, dance, HIIT classes, or any other mid-high intensity exercise. We’ve tested their tees, as well as their running shoes and can confirm that they hold up well during exercise — they’re light, breathable, and comfortable.
Whether you’re looking for your next pair of running shoes, or your perfect gym tee, Allbirds have you covered.
Sustainability: Uses recycled material, ethical production process
Price: $$ – $$$
Outdoor Voices are an Austin-based eco-friendly athleisure brand that creates their clothes for “moving your body and having fun with friends.”
Their activewear is made from a selection of core eco-friendly materials, including Rec Poly, made from post-consumer water bottles that are melted down and turned into a lightweight breathable fabric. Recycling and reusing are at the core of sustainable fashion and it’s great to see materials like this being used by established brands like OV.
They have a range of both men and women’s activewear and their clothes are carefully designed and will look good in any casual environment.
Pictured: The Exercise Dress, $100
Sustainability: Fair Trade Certified™ clothing, organic cotton, recycled wool, adhere to the Responsible Down Standard, bluesign®-systems to remove harmful chemicals from the production process and responsibly dispose of them
prAna has been around for a while now. Since the brand was founded in 1992 in Carlsbad, California, they’ve been creating Fair Trade Certified clothing from sustainable materials, ideal for wearing in the great outdoors, yoga, or adventure.
They have a wide selection, from menswear and womenswear to accessories such as bags, eco-friendly yoga mats, and hats.
We love how they use recycled materials and have fair trade certified factories.
Sustainability: Sustainable materials including hemp, cork & organic cotton, 10 trees planted for every item purchase
Ready to plant some trees? Then you need to check out tentree.
For every item purchased they plant 10 trees (understand the name choice, now?), and they’ve currently planted over 30+ million trees around the world.
As well as their tree planting initiative, they only use sustainable materials such as hemp, cork, and organic cotton.
You can find workout clothes and outdoor wear for all seasons at tentree, for both men and women, as well as a range of accessories.
Sustainability: Made in USA, limited runs, waste-reduction and recycling processes, tree planting program, support artists
Yogavated makes limited runs of uniquely designed yoga wear.
They have a waste reduction and recycling program to reduce the footprint of their manufacturing process, as well as a tree-planting program to give back to the earth.
Another cool thing about Yogavated is how they support artists by collaborating with them and displaying their art on their clothes, which means you’ll stand out from the crowd!
Sustainability: Organic materials, B Corp, give back program, fair trade
Price: $$ – $$$
Patagonia is already one of the most popular ethical activewear brands in the world. You may already know, but sustainability is at the core of Patagonia’s business model.
Patagonia donates (at least) 1% of their sales to help grassroots organizations protect the planet, and their founder Yvon Chouinard is well-known for his support of sustainable practices and anti-consumerism.
The brand is synonymous with the outdoors and is an obvious first stop for eco-friendly activewear. From fleeces to jackets to leggings, they’ve got you covered.
You can be sure that the quality of the clothes will be high and you’ll be able to find everything you need for a day hiking, from clothing to accessories to backpacks.
If you’re interesting in learning more about Patagonia’s mission, we’d also recommend their book, which we talked more about in this post.
Sustainability: Sustainable and recycled materials, ethically certified factories, profit donations
Their activewear is made from eco-friendly materials like certified organic cotton (uses trap crops instead of pesticides), recycled polyester (50% less carbon by-product than standard polyester), and Lenzing Modal (carbon-neutral). When you compare these to traditional activewear
They’re also partnered with the International Rescue Committee and donate a portion of their profit to benefit communities in need around the world. Threads 4 Thought are definitely a sustainable sportswear brand worth checking out.
They also make sustainable face masks.
Sustainability: Sustainable materials, recycled fabrics, all-natural approach to production, sponsors the education of young girls in villages where organic cotton is cultivated for Satva garments
Price: $$ – $$$
Satva makes a range of sustainable activewear and is definitely worth a look if you need items such as leggings, vests, or hoodies.
They have an “all-natural” approach to their organic cotton production. It’s completely free from pesticides, and the cotton seeds are non-treated, all with the goal of creating a self-sustaining ecosystem.
Satva also avoids using bleaches, toxic dyes (they only use plant-based dyes!), sulfur, or heavy metals that are commonly used in activewear production.
Sustainability: 100% organic recycled fabrics, made in USA, traceable production, % GMO-free, pesticide & herbicide-free production.
Price: $$ – $$$
Based in Vernon, California, Groceries Apparel is an activewear brand using 100% organic materials. Their materials are traced from their source to their factory in California.
They also use an eco-friendly dying process. They use natural herbs and plants which are cleaned, and then ground up and seized to create a dye powder. Not only are the dyes non-toxic, but they’re also unique and exceptional in color.
Sustainability: Sustainable fabrics including TENCEL, safe and environmentally conscious production
Price: $$ – $$$
VYAYAMA (pronounced ‘vai-ah’mah) is a boutique yoga clothing company that craft stylish but practical women’s activewear.
All of their sustainable fabric is OEKOTEX® certified safe for the wearer, meaning they use no toxic dyes or chemicals.
Their materials include Tencel, cupro, micro modal, cashmere, and wool, all of which are sourced responsibly. If you’re looking for some of the best eco-friendly yoga clothes out there, VYAYAMA is for you!
14. Yoga Democracy
Sustainability: Made in USA, recycled materials, living wage to workers, safe production environment
Price: $$ – $$$
Like several other brands here, Yoga Democracy focuses on clothes are going to look good and feel great during your yoga sessions.
All of their clothes are Made in the USA. What makes Yoga Democracy really interesting is their range of prints. You’ll be unlikely to see anyone wearing the same gear as you and will stand out from the crowd, and they regularly release new styles.
They also use a range of recycled materials in their garments, and they pay living wages to their employees. They’re a brand we can definitely get behind!
15. LA Relaxed
Sustainability: Made in USA, organic and sustainable materials, waste reduction processes
LA Relaxed is a popular sustainable activewear brand based in Los Angeles. They use a wide range of sustainable materials including organic cotton, Tencel Lyocell, Tencel Modal, linen, and hemp.
Their workout gear is all made in the USA in order to both support local manufacturers and reduce the environmental impact of their clothing.
Their clothes are smart, casual, and a great addition to your wardrobe.
Sustainability: Made in the USA, member of 1% For The Planet, recycled materials
Price: $ – $$
Cerinic is a sustainable activewear company focused on hiking and climbing apparel.
All of their clothes are made in the USA and they use sustainable materials such as recycled polyester. As well as their clothes being made from recycled materials, all of their Cirinic’s packaging is recycled too.
They’re also putting their money where their mouth is.-As a member of 1% for the Planet they donate a portion of their profits into the organization that promotes environmental solutions to create a healthier planet.
Recap – Best Sustainable and Eco Friendly Activewear Brands
These are some of the best sustainable activewear brands out there right now.
Each brand is making big strides when it comes to your clothes are not only sustainable but are going to look and feel great when you’re at the gym, on a hike, or even relaxing on the couch.
If you liked this, you might also be interested in our guide to eco-friendly and sustainable running shoe brands.