10 Eco-Friendly Activewear Brands Inspiring Holistic Wellness for You and Our Planet
Conventional activewear is made with Polyester and Nylon - nonbiodegradable microplastic fibers which have been found on 18 of 18 beaches tested around the world, likely to have shed as lint from clothing. More recently, 83% of tested tap water (that we drink daily!) was found to contain microplastics as well. Eek!
With these tiny guys being extremely difficult to clean up retroactively, maybe it's time to take a more preventative approach and try to first minimize the amount of new microplastics we're putting out there.
The good news is that sustainability-driven activewear brands have already been opting for eco alternatives to virgin plastic fibers when possible, such as recycled plastic, organic cotton, Tencel, and Cupro.
With that, here are 10 eco-conscious activewear brands you can celebrate and bookmark!
Highlights: Mindfully made with organic, eco-conscious materials; no toxic chemicals used, low impact dyes, and reduced water use; Fair Trade Certified / made in the USA
Highlights: Made from recycled plastic bottles; transparent production process
Highlights: Majority of material used is natural merino wool; goal of completely eliminating synthetics by 2023; OEKO-TEX® certified; prioritizes transparency in entire supply chain
Highlights: Uses only OEKO-TEX® Certified natural materials like Tencel and Cupro
Highlights: Uses eco-friendly materials like organic cotton, recycled wool, hemp, and recycled polyester; transparent supply chain
United by Blue
Highlights: Removes 1lb of trash from waterways for every item sold; uses conscious materials like recycled and organic fibers
pure by luce
Highlights: Made with ECONYL® and post-consumer recycled materials
Highlights: Made from recycled plastic bottles; cut, printed, and hand-sewn using eco-friendly practices
Threads for Thought
Highlights: Made from eco-conscious fibers like organic cotton and recycled polyester
Note: Remember to make the most of everything you already own first, swap or borrow clothes from friends, browse through some of our favorite secondhand or consignment shops or thrift stores near you, then prioritize quality and durability over quantity with everything new you purchase!
This reference is based on publicly provided information only, and we encourage you to ask more questions! Please refer to each brand's own site or reach out to its brand reps for more details.
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