Sustainable Activewear Brands

Activewear can have a larger environmental impact than our every day clothing due to all the synthetics used as well as the fact that we’re harder on sportswear so it can get worn out quicker. It’s especially important to look for durable, sustainable, and ethical activewear, which I have collected for you!

We have sustainable leggings and sportswear brands based in USA, Canada, Europe, UK and Australia.

Let’s get those muscles moving 💪

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Wearing Tripulse pocket leggings and Wolven sports bra

Tripulse

This Swedish brand is taking an innovative approach to functional activewear and sustainability – their products are made from Tencel and instead of regular spandex/elastane they use Roica V550 which is biodegradable and certified cradle-to-cradle. They also have good transparency and certifications for their manufacturing and supply chain.

Watch my review of their pocket leggings.

Size range: XS – XXXL

Values: sustainable materials, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified fabrics, made in a GOTS certified factory in Portugal

Ordering: based in Sweden, ships international


Image credit: Wolven

Wolven

A swim and yoga/active brand with bright prints and colours. Wolven is great for unique kaleidoscope prints and soft recycled fabrics. Their collection is made in China and LA (read more about their manufacturing) from OEKO-TEX certified recycled PET and modal.

Watch my review of their racerback bra.

Size range: XS – XL

Values: recycled materials, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified fabrics, carbon neutral, gives back

Availability: based in USA, ships internationally


Eco activewear - Girlfriend Collective
Image credit: Girlfriend Collective

Girlfriend Collective

Known for their solid colour sets, Girlfriend Collective has a collections of bras, leggings, and shorts made from recycled PET (plastic bottles). Their fabrics are made in Taiwan and they manufacture in Vietnam in an SA8000 certified factory.

They’re also have the most inclusive size range I’ve found from XXS-6X!

Size range: XXS – 6X

Values: recycled materials, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified fabrics, SA8000 certified factory

Availability: based in USA, also ships to UK, Australia, and Canada


Image credit: Miakoda

Miakoda

A NYC based and locally made loungewear brand, Miakoda has a selection of pieces great for yoga, working out, or just as comfy day-wear. I especially love my leggings from them, the fabric is super soft and the cut is really comfortable. All their pieces are made with plant-based fabrics using blends of bamboo, organic cotton, lyocell and soy.

Watch my review of their leggings.

Size range: XS – 4X

Values: sustainable materials, low waste, vegan brand, made in NYC

Availability: based in USA, ships international


Image credit: Organic Basics

Organic Basics

While not solely an active brand Organic Basics has a great selection of yoga and workout basics. Their active line is made from recycled materials and features a silver treatment to reduce odor.

Size range: XS – XL

Values: sustainable materials, certified factories (various certifications)

Availability: based in Denmark, ships international – they have both an EU site and US site


Image credit: Miakoda

Tentree

One of our family’s favourite brands, Tentree also has an active line including sports bras, leggings, shorts, joggers, and tops made from recycled materials. Their name represents their commitment to planting 10 trees for every purchase and they have a variety of other sustainability initiatives as well.

Size range: XS – XXL

Values: sustainable materials, recycled materials, B Corp certified, public code of conduct for manufacturing, gives back

Availability: based in Canada, ships to North America, EU, UK, and some international


Eco activewear - People Tree
Image credit: People Tree

People Tree

Ethical fashion pioneer People Tree also has an active line! The have a pretty basic collection of leggings, tanks and tees, but everything is organic and fair trade certified.

Size range: 8 – 16 (UK)

Values: Soil Association & Fair Trade certified organic cotton, fair trade factories, transparent production

Availability: based in the UK, ships internationally


Eco activewear - PACT
Image credit: PACT

PACT

PACT has affordable prices and solid credentials – many (although not all) of their basics are made with GOTS certified organic cotton in Fair Trade USA certified factories. It does look like their yoga line might have been discontinued however they are still great for leggings, hoodies, tanks and other basics for working out.

Size range: XS – XXL

Values: GOTS certified organic cotton, made in Fair Trade certified factories

Availability: based in USA, also ships to Canada


Image credit: Groceries

Groceries Apparel

While not specifically an active brand, Groceries Apparel does have a nice selection of clothing which could also be great for yoga and exercise. They manufacture in California using a variety of sustainable materials, and even some natural dyes!

Size range: XS – XL

Values: sustainable materials, made in-house, made in USA

Availability: based in USA, ships internationally


Alder

Outdoor recreation apparel that is inclusive and sustainable. Alder believes in helping equip people to get outside and have fun, with clothing specially designed for hiking, camping, climbing and other outdoor activities. They uses sustainable and recycled materials

Size range: XS – 6X

Values: sustainable materials, recycled materials, factory transparency

Availability: based in Canada, ships to Canada and US


Mandala

A yoga and exercise brand from Germany with a wide range of unique styles and cuts. I especially like their tops with built-in bras and they always have a great selection of colours and prints. Mandala uses a variety of eco fabrics from certified organic cotton, to Tencel Lyocell, to recycled polyester, made by people paid fair wages, under fair working conditions in their factories in Turkey and Shanghai.

Size range: XS – XL

Values: sustainable materials, fair manufacturing standards (non-certified)

Availability: based in Germany, ships international


Image credit: Nube

Nube

Small collection of leggings and crop tops featuring prints from artist collaborations. Nube’s pieces are made in Los Angeles from recycled PET.

Size range: XS – XL

Values: recycled materials, low impact dyeing, plastic-free packaging, made in USA

Availability: based in USA, only ship within USA


Image credit: Elle Evans

Elle Evans

Mainly know for their swimwear, Elle Evans also has a line of athletic leggings and tops. Everything is made to order from ECONYL® which is regenerated nylon often made from things like recycled fishing nets.

Size range: XXS – XXXL

Values: recycled materials, made in-house, made to order, low waste

Availability: based in Australia, ships internationally


Asquith

London based, Asquith has a range of lounge and yoga wear made from bamboo, organic cotton, and Bambor® which is their own bamboo and organic cotton blend. They manufacture in a GOTS certified, family-run factory in Turkey.

Size range: XS – XXL

Values: sustainable materials, made in GOTS certified factory in Turkey

Availability: based in UK, ships internationally



Looking for running shoes? Check out my sustainable shoe roundup.

PS. Remember to also never use fabric softener with your athletic clothing!

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Updated April 5, 2022

16 Responses

  1. Laura Weatherly
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    Where is the top you are wearing in the first photo from? Thanks!

  2. Franciful
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    Late to the party here, but I recently purchased a pair of leggings from Vancouver based brand Daub+Design. They are extremely comfortable, and so far have stood up to the HIIT style workouts I like to do. And I believe they are all hand died. Unfortunately, it does not seem they have high impact bras or bras for larger cup sizes with smaller bands (a problem I too am familiar with).

    Free Label, another Vancouver designer, has a range of bras for cups bigger than D, I have yet to try them but have heard great things!

  3. Faith
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    I know this is 18 months old but just in case you are still searching for a sports bra that actually functions for sport, then Adidas do some out of recycled materials. I’m not convinced about all the designs tbh, I don’t think the sizing chart is accurate and I would say check whether the design you are looking for has adjustable shoulder straps but there is support to be had…

  4. Emmy
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    You are so right on the eco sports bra front lacking! I need Bravissamo kind of bras as I am a FF, Organic Basics sent me a “sports bra” last year and honestly I’d struggle to do more than low impact yoga in it.

  5. Annie
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    Thanks for sharing the size ranges on this article, it’s so important and makes it really easy to quickly scan which ones are relevant for what I’m looking for. Another eco activewear brand that has a larger size range is Day/Won which I just discovered.

  6. Grace
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    My mom and I tried Girlfriend Collective, and we really wanted them to be good, obviously. However, the first day my mom wore them, they already started pilling on the outside of her thigh, which is such a random place, so not super sure about the durability of this brand.

    Also, Asquith’s XXL is a US 14, which is not really an XXL, in my opinion, so just something to note.

  7. Victoria
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    TALA makes great sport bras! They’re also highly sustainable with fair wages and eco-friendly materials!!

  8. Maureen
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    Do you have an opinion on the brand prAna? I don’t see them listed in your directory. I really like the style of their clothes, and a lot of people recommend them as a green brand, but for some reason I get a greenwashing vibe from them

    • Verena Erin
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      I haven’t looked into them recently but I remember a while ago I wasn’t very impressed by what they’re doing and also heard mixed things about them. 🤷‍♀️

  9. Kristyn Laird
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    I’m not sure if you’ve heard of them or how they would rank for you but Inner Fire (myinnerfire.com) is a legging brand based in BC that uses material that is recycled polyester mixed with spandex. The leggings are sewn in BC but I’m not sure where the material is from. They have a wide variety of prints and although I’ve never bought a pair (I can usually find suitable activewear in thrift stores) I’ve seen people wearing them at the gym/yoga studio and they all speak positively of them. I’m not affiliated with the company in any way, just sharing a sustainable Canadian company. 🙂

  10. Mona
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    I’ve found good high-impact sports bras at Patagonia. I’m a relatively small bust size, though.

  11. Jacqueline
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    I purchased two pairs of leggings from Pact a while ago and have been very unimpressed with the quality. They are 92% organic cotton and 8% spandex and rip very easily. I’m not sure if it’s because of the cotton-to-spandex ratio, the quality of the fabric, or something else? I have other leggings from a conventional/non-conscious brand that are 88% cotton and 12% spandex and they have held up very well over time, so Pact’s leggings were a disappointment to me.

    • Verena Erin
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      Thanks for sharing, disappointing to hear that about Pact.

  12. Anna
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    Hey there are a lot more from europe and germany: vaude, patagonia, ognx, hey honey, vegan savage, trigema, openwear, ocean apart, essencials for zula, rhonisch, bleed and avocadostore.de has a bunch of different options as well!
    Unfortunately I have the same sports-bra problem and no solution yet…

  13. Gitte
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    Thank you! Some of these brands are also interesting for basic casual wear, and it is amazing you included brands from a wider range of countries and continents, probably because you lived in Germany. A lot of North American sustainability influencers tend to forget Europe exists.

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