Sustainable Sweat: The Best Environmentally-Friendly Workout Gear Brands

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Sustainability is a hot topic in the fashion world today, and the athleticwear category is no exception. Making clothes that can stand up to the movement, sweat, and friction that often comes with exercise is no easy task. Often companies end up using synthetic fabrics made from fossil fuels such as spandex, polyester, and nylon. The creation of these fabrics puts a heavy strain on the environment. Some brands, however, are taking steps to reduce environmental impact by making workout gear using recycled and organic materials. If you’re in the market for some new athletic wear, consider purchasing from one of these brands.

Girlfriend Collective

Girlfriend Collective is a great choice for those looking to make a positive impact without sacrificing style. Their leggings and sports bras are made from a mix of recycled materials like polyester, fishing nets, and water bottles. Additionally, each piece is ethically manufactured in Vietnam in a factory that ensures fair wages and safe working conditions.

Organic Basics

Organic Basics makes workout clothes from breathable fabrics like organic cotton and Tencel lyocell. The brand utilizes eco-friendly production practices such as using renewable energy to create soft, stretchy pieces that feel anything but basic.


Wolven’s colorful prints are perfect for adding some fun to your workout routine, and many of their pieces can be worn outside the gym, too. Every pair of Wolven leggings is made from 27 recycled plastic water bottles. The also brand works closely with environmental organization One Earth One Ocean to remove 1 lb. of plastic waste for every order placed.