Yoga might look relaxing from the outside, but as you know, you’re going to need clothes that support you through a wide range of movement and stay breathable to keep you cool on hot days.
However, much of the yoga clothing market is made up of brands using cheap and unsustainable materials like polyester, or using materials like cotton that waste huge amounts of water in the production process.
Luckily, it’s not all bad news. Today, there’s a variety of yoga brands creating sustainable leggings, shorts, tops, and more, all using eco-friendly materials without compromising on support or breathability.
Looking for a new mat? Make sure to check out our eco-friendly yoga mat picks here.
Let’s take a look at our brand picks.
Our Top Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Yoga Clothing Picks
At a glance: Breathable and sweat-wicking sustainable yoga leggings, tops, sports bras
Sustainability: Recycled and eco-friendly materials, SA8000 certified factory with ethical worker treatment
Price range: $$
Best for: Inclusive sizing and high-performance
They have a selection of sustainable yoga clothes, including leggings, tanks, shorts, as well as a range of sports bras and supportive underwear.
Girlfriend uses various sustainable materials, including recycled plastic bottles (RPET), recycled fishing nets, cupro, and more. The brand is transparent about their supply chain and the rigorous certifications their suppliers need to adhere to in terms of social and environmental standards.
The tank pictured (Midnight Tempo Tank) is made from 91% recycled plastic water bottles, and is designed to keep you cool with a moisture-wicking material and airy cutaway back.
At a glance: Stylish and fun yoga clothes made from recycled plastic bottles
Sustainability: Removes one pound of trash from the ocean for every purchase.
Best for: Stylish and unique designs so you look the part
Wolven makes high-quality and eco-friendly yoga leggings, tops, and sports bras from plastic bottles. Each pair of leggings contains 27 plastic bottles, blended with spandex to ensure they’re soft, supportive, and moisture-wicking.
The leggings have a thick, durable feel, but don’t compromise on breathability. They also have pockets to keep your phone in when you’re on the go.
We love what Wolven are doing. First of all, whatever you buy from Wolven is completely carbon-neutral, as they offset their emissions. The brand partners with Cancel Plastic to collect a pound of waste from the ocean for every purchase, and, they donate 1% of profits to environmental causes.
At a glance: Leggings, sports bras, and more, from a brand committed to performance
Sustainability: Certified B Corp, Member of 1% For The Planet, Fair Trade Certified, sustainable materials
Best for: Long-lasting gear from a brand dedicated to sportswear
Patagonia is well known for being an ethical brand dedicated to using their business for positive change, particularly around environmental issues. We’ve always been impressed with the quality of their clothing and accessories, so it’s no surprise that they’re a good choice if you’re in need of some new sustainable yoga leggings, shorts, or a sports bra.
The brand takes advantage of materials like recycled polyester to ensure their clothes are kind on the planet, and they’re always making positive changes, such as moving to reduce their use of petroluem-based nylon and introducing recycled spandex.
Patagonia’s founder, Yvon Chouinard, was one of the co-founders of the 1% For The Planet, and since 1985, Patagonia has continued to donate 1% of sales to environmental causes.
They’ve got you covered for your next yoga or pilates class, no matter how intense it is.
At a glance: Minimalist and carbon neutral leggings and bralettes
Sustainability: Completely carbon neutral, recycled materials
Pricing: $$ – $$$
Best for: Minimalist yoga clothes
Organic Basics’ yoga shorts, tops, and workout bras are perfect for you if you’re looking for minimalist but high-performance sportswear. Their products have seamless designs for better comfort and to reduce the chances of rips and tears.
Organic Basics as a company is carbon neutral, and they only work with regularly vetted factories, free of forced labor, with employees paid living wages.
They also publish a yearly sustainability report and invest in regenerative cotton projects to help cotton farmers transform their business into a force for environmental good.
At a glance: High-quality activewear
Sustainability: 10 trees planted for every purchase, turn post-consumer waste into clothes, water, CO2, and waste saving production processes
Best for: Direct environmental impact from every purchase
tentree is a sustainable brand that plants ten trees for every purchase made, and the brand is on track to plant 1 billion trees by 2030.
Their clothes are perfect for your yoga or pilates classes as they’re supportive, close-fitting, and breathable. The leggings pictured have mesh sections on for increased air flow, and a hidden backpocket that can hold your phone, headphones, or any other small items you need with you.
tentree’s yoga wear is made from recycled post-consumer waste, giving it a new lease of life.
They also use technology like adding zinc-additives to the material, which naturally controls and stops odor and bacteria from building up in your yoga wear.
At a glance: Yoga gear designed for performance and made using sustainable materials.
Sustainability: Fair Trade Certified factories, recycled materials, circular manufacturing process
Pricing: $$ – $$$
Best for: Trusted, reliable range of yoga clothes
prAna’s yoga gear is functional, supportive, and high-quality. Whether you’re going to a yoga class, climbing, or a long hike, their clothes are up to the task, and the high-rise cut looks modern and smart.
prAna have you covered for leggings, relaxed pants, sorts, tops and sports bras. The leggings pictured have a perfect blend of compression and breathability, and, they have pockets. The materials is also UPF 50+, so you’re not going to get a sunburn through them.
In terms of sustainability, prAna have been pushing the boundaries since the brand was founded in 1992.
Their yoga wear is made from recycled polyester blends, and the fabric is bluesign certified. prAna’s supply chain is free of harmful viscose fibers and rayon, and all materials they use wood or celluslose in come from FSC certified and responsibly managed forests. The brand also works with the Renewal Workshop to extend the life of their clothes and materials.
At a glance: High-quality yoga wear made from repurposed scrap material
Sustainability: Re-use scrap material from big box brands, eco-friendly dyes, recycled materials
Best for: Beautiful prints and Made in the USA
Yogavated make a range of leggings, jackets, tops, shorts, and sports bra. As the brand name suggests, every item is designed for yoga.
Instead of manufacturing their own materials, all of Yogavated’s fabrics are recycled scraps from big box retail brands making clothes in the USA. During the process of turning these scrap materials into yoga clothes, the brand collects their scraps to be repurposed into other items, creating an almost self-sustainable process.
Another unique aspect to Yogavated is that their leggings incorporate art from small independent artists on panels. The dye used is non-toxic, and fade and bleed-free to ensure your leggings stay vibrant for as long as possible.