Gone are the days of drab and dull activewear; and instead, stylish fitness attire has become a prerequisite for those who want to go from the studio to the streets effortlessly. Moreover, it’s become apparent that aesthetics and functionality are no longer enough: there has been a palpable prioritization of environmental stewardship. Companies that live and breathe an ethical and eco-friendly ethos means that more brands are fighting fast-fashion all while balancing economic endeavors and prioritizing social causes. These principled practices span everything from upcycling garments, sourcing of sustainable textiles, to securing an ethical manufacturer and offering a fair living wage to employees.
With the holidays fast approaching, for those seeking stylish and sustainable activewear, consider the following brands for your festive gift giving needs:
Mother and certified yoga instructor, Franciska Bray-Mezy founded her woman owned and operated company when she was unable to source sustainable clothing options which aligned with her eco-friendly lifestyle. As a result, Aura7 Activewear was born with a mission to offer high-quality, fashion-forward garments that are made with keeping the planet happy and healthy. Fabrics are eco-luxe, lightweight, soft, durable and composed of recycled and biodegradable materials. Moreover, Bray-Mezy says that her company is mission driven and has a desire to draw awareness to our collective plastic problem which overtakes our landfills and plagues the purity of our oceans. She explains that “with every purchase, you have the power to make an impact on our planet; clean more seas and plant more trees. We donate 1% of all our revenues to Healthy Seas, and with every purchase, a tree is planted in partnership with One Tree Planted.” Top recommended picks include Aura7 Activewear’s Onyx Capella Legging with Onyx Hermosa Top; Wild Malibu Top with Wild Nova Biker Short.
Founded by Prasad and Radhika, the husband and wife team switched from the corporate world to a more holistic line of work when Prasad encountered a life-altering scare of being diagnosed with a coronary artery disease in the midst of a global pandemic. After a life saving procedure, he endeavored to shift his lifestyle habits to something more sustainable and healthy. This philosophy soon trickled into his professional life and it was then he decided to start Loveletics with Radhika. The brand spotlights culture and eco-consciousness by celebrating Peruvian art and iconic Parisian fashion in their activewear. Recycled waste has been reimagined as stunning garments which offer ample durability and style. Their Club Earth Collection currently features three colorways and the same respective print – Machu Picchu Olive; Titicaca Blue; and Peruvian Pink as leggings and bra tops.
With a retro-chic aesthetic, this LA brand offers sustainable and functional clothing that’s perfect for everything from the gym, casual meetings, to date nights. The company strives to reduce their carbon footprint by manufacturing about 50% of their garments in-house. Additionally, nearly all of their performance-based textiles are manufactured with BluSign certification & Oeko-tex Standard mills. Their high compression fabric is made of 100% recycled materials, while their ribbed modal is made from partially sustainable yarns. Favorite fit fashion pieces include Splits59’s Ava High Waist Techflex Legging in Escargot print with matching Scarlett Techflex Bra; and butter soft Roxan Airweight Legging with matching Roxan Airweight Bra.
This Mother Nature approved brand is actively connected to the environment through its activewear which gives back to the planet. With grounding earth-inspired prints, the company is a 1% for the Planet member, and donates at least 1% of annual sales to numerous environmental efforts. Wolven also operates as sustainably as possible; by partnering with Climate Neutral, they’ve made it their goal to offset their carbon footprint and reduce emissions (their current Lifetime Emission Offsets: 1042 tCO2e). For their garments and through their partnership with One Earth, the brand collects one pound of ocean-bound waste for every order. The company then transforms BPA-free bottles into soft, stylish, and sustainable clothing. In fact, every pair of Wolven leggings is made from 27 recycled water bottles. Recommended picks from their collection include Zephyr Ruched Crossover Pocket Legging with Zephyr One Shoulder Top; trending Lychee Crossover Flare with Lychee Crisscross Tank.
Designed in Helsinki and exuding a minimalist vibe, the Nordic based company prides itself on an ethical and sustainable ethos Activewear is mindfully produced using as many recycled materials as possible; and meanwhile, manufacturing conditions are fairly run to ensure the wellbeing of its employees. To take it a step further, all aspects of the supply chain are considered to reduce environmental impact – for instance, products are shipped by sea rather than air; and garments are mailed in compostable bags. The company continues to evolve and is committed to eventually offering 100% recycled collections to create a more positive impact. With that in mind, favorite sets include their Seamless Scrunch Crop Top with Seamless Scrunch Leggings;
These effortless essentials are versatile enough for yoga sessions to weight training. The brand offers pieces that are stylish yet comfortable and functional. Above all else, each piece is designed with sustainability in mind and is responsibly made, explains founder and designer Tammy Tong. In leading the LA-based activewear brand, she’s merged her yoga background and years of fashion industry experience to offer customers a brand that builds community through its people while caring for the planet. “We strive to use sustainable textile, taking low impact, negative waste, recycled-use, fair-trade concept into close consideration throughout our design and production process.” Garments feature performance wear fabrics that offer breathability, mobility, a compressive fit, moisture-wicking and quick-dry technology. Top recommended selections from their collection include this Sophia Bra with Harper Biker Shorts Set in Green Cheetah; and Charlotte Bra with Angela Legging Set in Navy Ditsy.
This figure flattering activewear brand offers an array of color schemes and inclusive sizing (XXS to 6XL) for all your sweat-related activities. Additionally, they offer varied designs so in addition to the classic leggings and top combinations, you can also find unitards and workout dresses to add to your wardrobe. Best of all is their eco-friendly production methods which includes transforming plastic bottles, fish nets and culpro fabric for all their garments and accessories. They’re also a fully transparent company with social accountability throughout their supply chains. Recommended activewear includes their compressive Geranium Bike Unitard (composed from 26 water bottles diverted from landfills); and ultra lightweight Black Naomi Workout Dress (composed of 90% recycled plastic water bottles and 10% spandex).
With an avid desire to ‘Get the World Moving’, this Austin-based athleisure brand offers performance wear that brings back the joy and fun of movement. Further to this, they bolster this mentality with its people by offering a sense of community and protecting the planet through their sustainable designs and transparent supply chains. Their activewear is made with an array of eco-friendly materials, all of which is tailored to your movement-related needs. Top picks include this sweat-wicking Snacks 7/8 legging with smart pockets and Snacks Bra; and sporty Lightweight Exercise Dress in Provence.