Updated: May 10, 2020
The sustainable activewear market is still lacking, but throughout the past months, I have researched, tried, and evaluated 7 companies that are great options if you’re in the market for new workout gear! Disclaimer: these are suggestions and I am not trying to promote consumerism. The most sustainable thing we can do is to use what we already have, or choose second-hand. If neither of these options works for you, feel free to check out the companies mentioned below.
The sustainable activewear market is still lacking, but throughout the past months I have researched, tried and evaluated 7 companies that are great options if you’re in the market for new workout gear! Disclaimer: these are suggestions and I am not trying to promote consumerism. The most sustainable thing we can do is to use what we already have, or choose second-hand. If neither of these options work for you, feel free to check out the companies mentioned below.
Tala $-$$ UK
Owned by the vegan boss babe Grace Beverley aka Grace Fit UK, Tala has conquered the sustainable athleticwear market because of their low prices, and high-quality standards. I have personally tried Tala and have even created a whole Youtube video reviewing their products so feel free to check it out here. Their items are made using recycled plastic in ethical factories so I would highly suggest Tala and can’t wait for all their new additions!
Threads 4 Thought have recently rebranded and have unfortunately reduced their activewear collection. However, all the products that I have from them are high quality, made from recycled plastic and they are pretty affordable.
Girlfriend* $$-$$$ US
This is a brand that I have yet to try, but everyone says that they are high quality, and most importantly, squat proof. Their activewear is made from recycled plastic bottles and even though they cost a little bit extra, all the reviews say the investment is worth it.
Organic Basics* $$-$$$ Denmark
OB has become one of my favorite brands and I have even created a whole video on them which includes their activewear collection. Once again, their items are made from recycled fibers and are high quality and squat proof. I have had some issues with their sizing, but for more details head over to by Youtube channel. Nevertheless, I think they’re a good investment, high quality and of course sustainable and ethical.
(use code DESPINAOB3 for 10% off)
Boody $-$$ US
I have had two experiences with Boody, the first I had purchased some undies and a pair of leggings. The undies are super comfy but have a thick fold, making them difficult to wear under tight clothes and the leggings were completely see through. However, I later realized that those leggings were not from their activewear line, so I don’t have an opinion on their sportswear. The second time, Boody kindly offered to collaborate and I am glad we did because I loved their tops. I think their quality is overall very high, they use sustainable fabrics (mostly bamboo) and I would love to try their activewear in the near future so I can have a better understanding of their quality.
(Edit) Boody kindly sent me to try their Racerback Sports Bra and Racerback Tank Top and I'm a big fan! They're both super soft, the bra has removable pads which makes it supportive enough and the tank top is very lightweight so it allows you to breathe during your workout. And for their price, I definitely feel like they are worth the investment!
Veja $$$ France
Veja is a leader in sustainable footwear and they recently came out with vegan and sustainable workout shoes! They are expensive. Like, really expensive. But they seem like great quality and their ethics are great. Maybe I will get the chance to check them out in the future, but seriously, not sure if workout shoes are worth 250EUR ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Vivo Barefoot $$ UK
Vivo are known for their comfortable and flexible shoes which are supposed to help your performance as they are flat and emulate the natural shape of your foot. They have a good range of vegan shoes and their newest addition is the Primus Trail, made from recycled plastic. They retail for a little over £100, so they are still an investment, but definitely more affordable than the Veja ones.
I will continue to update the list when I have some more suggestions, but wanted to disclaim that whether you own activewear from virgin or recycled plastic, you should invest in a microfiber bag or washer filter to prevent microplastics from entering our water system.
If you have any other suggestions, let me know down in the comments!
- Despina xx
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