Sustainable and ethical activewear for your next workout

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The majority of synthetic activewear is made of plastic, but we’ve rounded up an edit of eco-conscious pieces that look and feel great.

From sustainable denim to vegan leather bags, there are a myriad of ethical and stylish updates you can make to your wardrobe. Now your gym kit too is poised for a sustainable makeover.

The majority of all synthetic activewear is made from plastic, and as all the squat-lovers out there will know, the pressure we put on our kit makes replacing our leggings and sports bras an inevitability. So what’s the solution to this sustainable dressing dilemma? Enter the fashion-led brands who are as environmentally conscious and performance driven as they are stylish. 

Consider Tencel – the ultra-luxe fabric that you’d never guess is produced from wood pulp. Smoother than cotton and (whisper it) softer than silk, once you’ve worked out in a Tencel vest, you’ll love it for how incredible it feels against the skin as well as the fact that it has a significantly lower environmental impact than the cotton alternatives.

Maybe the first step of shopping ethically is admitting that you will, most likely, not end up keeping that must-have thing forever. So when you’re buying new kit it’s vital to consider all parts of your new piece’s lifecycle. ecoYoga’s yoga mats are made from 100% natural rubber, making them a completely biodegradable alternative to entirely synthetic alternatives. 

Whether you’re a runner or a yoga lover, can’t say ‘no’ to a 7am swim or prefer to break a sweat on the rowing machine, we’ve found the best ethical and sustainable activewear to reinvent your workout. 

  • TALA

    Launched just last year, TALA is changing the game when it comes to ethical sportswear. They currently create on-trend, inclusive gym clothes that are 92% upcycled, delivered in recycled packaging and, the best bit, the tags are made from 100% plantable paper that will grow into trees. These leggings are totally squat proof, too. 

    Shop TALA Luna leggings, £40

  • Silou


    Silou is a brand that prioritises sustainability and ethical working conditions. This flattering bralette will take you from barre to (kitchen) bar, and is in certified non-toxic materials.

    Shop the Silou Anja bralette, £59

  • Pangaia


    Pangaia works with the best researchers in the field of sustainability to come up with carefully engineered fabrics and designs. This 90s-style top is made from saltwater seaweed fibre and certified organic cotton.

    Shop Pagnaia’s seaweed fibre top, £67

  • Now_Then

    Based in Madrid, Spanish label Now_Then was inspired by founder Andrea Salinas’ childhood spent diving with her father. The brand exclusively uses Econyl, which is crafted from repurposed marine waste – the idea being that beautiful swimwear shouldn’t be contributing to the sea’s pollution problem. This bikini comes in four colours: blue, navy, burgundy and purple.

    Shop halter eco bikini at Now_Then, £110

  • EcoYoga

    Yoga is a practice that helps one centre with everything, from themselves to the earth around them. British-based brand EcoYoga, founded in 2003, is designed to be planet-friendly – crafted from plant-based materials and natural rubber, this yoga mat is biodegradable and machine washable. 

    Shop Ecoyoga jute mat at, £45

  • Manduka

    Image of Manduka leggings

    Manduka’s yoga mats and leggings are designed with sustainability in mind. Focusing on being kinder to the earth, these leggings are made using plant-based materials, organic cotton and recycled polyester. 

    Shop essential pocket legging at Manduka, £79

  • Organic Basics

    Image of Organic-Basics bra

    This Copenhagen-based brand has designed antibacterial and odourless loungewear so that you can wash less and reduce water waste. Softer than silk and smoother than cotton, this simple vest is formed using an eco-friendly wood pulp fiber called Tencel. 

    Shop lite tank top at Organic Basics, £35

  • Patagonia

    Image of Patagonia t-shirt

    With an early focus on sustainability, Patagonia was an environmental revolutionary when it launched in 1973. Now, the outdoor clothing brand has become a wardrobe staple among east London’s cool kids. The brand commits 10% of all its profits to environmental groups. This slogan T-shirt is not only made from 50-100% recycled materials, it also provides 50+ UPF sun protection. 

    Shop Capiline cool daily graphic shirt at Patagonia, £40

Images courtesy of  Davy J & brands 

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