12 Brands Creating Sustainable Workout Clothes

Working out is something I love to do, not only because of my love for cookie dough but more importantly for my mental health! I’m currently hosting a sustainability challenge so today I wanted to share some sustainable workout clothes to help keep you motivated!

There are a million workout brands out there but do you know what their clothes are made out of? Or who made them?

12 Brands Creating Sustainable Workout Clothes

Many brands are working hard to make a positive impact on both the planet and the people making their products. Following fair trade principles, using organic or recycled materials and implementing new, innovate ideas in their business plans are things many apparel brands are doing to make a difference in the world.

Here’s just 12 amazing brands that are making a difference in the world and I hope you check them out next time you need some new sustainable workout clothes like a new pair of leggings or sweatshirt!

12 Brands Creating Sustainable Workout Clothes

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1. Patagonia

Patagonia shorts are a great Brand Creating Sustainable Workout Clothes

Products:

Men, Women, Kids, Everything!

Home Base:

Ventura, CA

Impact:

B Corp, eco-friendly, fair trade, gives back, organic

Product I Love:

I love their running shorts (and also their kids jackets + fleece jackets)

A bit more to know:

Patagonia makes activewear for everyone in the whole family! They create amazing sport specific clothes as well as everyday apparel and outerwear for regular life.

Their products are made with fully or partially recycled and natural materials. They also make all of their apparel in safe, fair, legal and humane working conditions.

We love their Hi-Loft Down Sweater Hoodie toddler jackets for our kids because they’re super warm but not as puffy and thick as many winter jackets, making them safer for the car seat!

SHOP PATAGONIA

2. Outdoor Voices

TechSweat Leggings by outdoor voices
12 Brands Creating Sustainable Workout Clothes

Products:

Men + Women

Home Base:

Austin, TX

Impact:

Recycled materials, thoughtful production

Product I Love:

I have been eyeing up a pair of their TechSweat Leggings which come in a variety of colors!

A bit more to know

On of my absolute favorite things about Outdoor Voices because it’s something I say all the time!

They share that they’re on a mission to get the world moving. Moving your body generates endorphins. And you know what endorphins do? Endorphins Make You Happy™

If you’ve ever seen Legally Blonde you know all about endorphins. 🙂

They’re known for their TechSweat Leggings which provides an extra-secure fit using cool-to-the-touch fabric. They have a variety of clothes from leggings to crop tops to sweats using sustainable textiles like sustainably-sourced merino wool and recycled polyster.

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3. Girlfriend Collective

 compressive leggings by girlfriend collective
 compressive leggings by girlfriend collective

Products:

Women – extended sizes!

Home Base:

Los Angeles, CA

Impact:

ethical manufacturing and recycled materials

Product I Love:

I love their compressive leggings (I talk about them more on my leggings post and hospital bag post!)

A bit more to know

Girlfriend Collective believes in ethical manufacturing and recycled materials. One of the things they pride themselves on is being transparent! They’re working to be 100% eco-friendly and share how their doing it.

Their packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable, the leggings (that I love) and bras are made from 79% recycled polyster and 21% spandex.

Tees and tanks are 100% cupro – a fiber made from waste the cotton industry leaves. They have tons of great info on their site so be sure to check it out!

SHOP GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE

4. alo

Snake skin leggings by alo
alo is a great sustainable workout clothing brand

Products:

Women + Men

Home Base:

Los Angeles CA

Impact:

100% sweatshop free and eco-aware

Product I Love:

They are most known for their Moto Leggings and they also have a variety of colors of high waisted biker shorts!

A bit more to know

Alo is 100% sweatshop free and they’ve earned a globally accredited platinum certification from WRAP (the largest independent watchdog organization) which verifies their factories and offices are operating in the most ethical and humane way.

Their LA headquarters and Beverly Hills flagship are both solar powered which saves so much energy!

Other things to note – Alo leggings run long and many reviewers say to size down for a more fitted feel.

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5. Groceries Apparel

Crossover bra by Groceries Apparel
Groceries Apparel - a great sustainable workout clothes brand

Products:

Women + Men

Home Base:

Los Angeles, CA

Impact:

Made in USA + Made with 100% Recycled Fabrics

Product I Love:

I love their Crossover bra which could easily be paired with high waisted leggings!

A bit more to know

They source directly to the seed and trace all of their fabrics from the farm to their factory. Groceries Apparel manufactures all of their products in their own LA factory to ensure that their high stands are met.

They only use 100% GMO-free, pesticide and herbicide-free, recycled and fair-traded ingredients.

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6.Satva

amazing Giri Jacket by Savta

Products:

Womens, Mens, Kids

Home Base:

New York, NY

Impact:

Sustainable production through organic cotton to recycled polyster, give back

Product I Love:

This amazing Giri Jacket is perfect for cooler weather workouts or doing school dropoff!

A bit more to know

They have a partnership with Suminter India Organics®, an environmental and socially conscious organic cotton production corporation in India where the mission is to create a symbiotic balance between people, planet, production, profits and social stewardship.

I also love how they say that they “represent a way of being that lets women embrace the truth of their inner selves – and radiate it outward with joy, kindness and individuality.” The world needs more joy, kindness and individuality so a brand that encourages this is one I can get behind!

SHOP SATVA

7. Pact

go to leggings by Pact
essential sweatshirt by Pact

Products:

Women (including maternity!), Men, Kids, Home

Home Base:

Boulder, CO

Impact:

Organic cotton, fair trade certified, style + sustainability together

Product I Love:

Their “go to leggings” are only $29! I also love the essential sweatshirt.

A bit more to know

They’ve used organic cotton from the very beginning and believe it’s for everyone! Their clothes are practical, comfortable and easy.

They strive to make organic affordable with the hope that if it’s affordable it will inspire change.

The want to transform how they make clothes and treat the environment and their workers. They’re fair trade certified and are encouraging others to think about fair trade standards.

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8. Smartwool

Base layer tank by smartwool
Merino wool socks by smartwool

Products:

Women, Men, Kids

Home Base:

Steamboat Springs, CO

Impact:

ZQ-Certified Merino Wool, recycled wool

Product I Love:

Base layer tank and of course their socks are great for both running and lounging!

A bit more to know

Smartwool has partnered with New Zealand Merino Company—who developed ZQ-certified wool—to ensure environmental, social, and economic sustainability while safeguarding animal welfare. It’s traceable to the source, are quality fibers and so much more.

They also use recycled wool to reduce CO2 emissions. Something I recently learned was that one of the biggest environment impacts of wool comes from the methane released by the sheeps growing it! By using recylced wool you reduce this problem.

I’ve been wearing Smartwool products for years!

SHOP SMARTWOOL

9. Threads 4 Thoughts

Threads 4 Thoughts sports bra
Threads 4 Thoughts Panel leggings are great sustainable activewear

Products:

Women, Men, Kids

Home Base:

New York, NY

Impact:

Organic cotton, recycled polyester, Lenzing Modal

Product I Love:

These joggers are to die for and I love these panel leggings!

A bit more to know

Threads 4 Thoughts has been around since 2006 by a husband and wife team! They started with graphic tees made from eco-friendly materials and has moved into a full line of lifestyle apparel.

The only use organic cotton, recycled polyester, and Lenzing Modal. Their factories are independently certified for safe and fair trade work conditions

Their workout line is called ReActive Activewear which is designed to help with the global plastic waste crisis! Like many of the other brands on this list, Threads 4 Thought is using recycled materials like plastic bottles and fishing nets.

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10. Alternative Apparel

 Alternative Apparel Baby Champ Eco-Teddy Sweatshirts
 Alternative Apparel Eco-Fleece Joggers

Products:

Women, Men, Youth

Home Base:

Atlanta, GA

Impact:

Organic Cotton, recycled polyester, vendor recycling program

Product I Love:

Their Baby Champ Eco-Teddy Sweatshirts are perfect for layering when you’re warming up for a workout and their Eco-Fleece Joggers are great for low impact work!

A bit more to know

Alternative Apparel has bene around for over 20 years! They share on their site that they “love our planet and we’re mindful of the impact we make on it and it’s people”.

Some of the things they do to show this is using oxo-biodegradable mailer bags and implementing a vendor recycling program.

The majority of their factories are WRAP-certified and they all follow the Fair Labor Association guidelines and workplace code of conduct.

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11. Summersalt

The Sumemrsalt windbreaker is perfect for both rain and wind!
The classic sidestroke swimsuit by Summersalt is well loved by everyone!

Products:

Women (Including Swim + Sleepwear)

Home Base:

St Louis, MO

Impact:

Eco-friendly materials, recycled plastics and vegan silk

Product I Love:

Their windbreaker is perfect for rain or shine and their sidestroke swimsuit has been seen just about everywhere!

A bit more to know

Summersalt is committed to both their customer and the planet. They believe that companies need to have sustainability at the core of their business model to make a lasting impact.

Their products are made out of a variety of eco-friendly materials. Their swimwear is make of 78% recycled polyamide (recycled plastics, post consumer materials and nylon waste).Their travelwear is made with their signature TravelSoft vegan silk which was created from pre-consumer waste.

I also love that they took over 1.5 million body measurements from 10,000 women to create the fits of their products!

SHOP SUMMERSALT

12. People Tree

Cross Back Crop Top from People Tree
Cropped leggings from People Tree

Products:

Women

Home Base:

London

Impact:

Organic cotton, traditional artisan skills, World Fair Trade Organization product label

Product I Love:

Their Cross Back Crop Top is made from organic cotton and I love their cropped leggings!

A bit more to know

People Tree has been around and a pioneer in the sustainable Fair Trade fashion world since 1991. They are an active member in a variety of Fair Trade, social justice and environmental networks like the Fair trade International, the Soil Association, the Global Organic Textile Standard and more.

And if you live in the UK, they also have a Give Back Box where you can donate your unwanted clothes or household items to charity! Just fill up the box your People Tree purchase came in, go to Give Back Box, print off a shipping label and send it off!

They have a variety of products from activewear, dresses, underwear and more!

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There are even more sustainable workout clothes brands than the ones I listed here but I hope this gets you started! It can be easy to just go to the brands we know and love without thinking about where their products were made or who made them. Being aware is a great start!

If you’re looking for more fair trade fashion posts be sure to check out my full Sseko review or my fair trade gift guide!

And head over to my what to wear with leggings post for even more ways to get more use out of your new leggings!

About Jen

Jen is a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in their life, style and home through tips, tutorials and encouragement. She also runs 2 additional blogs. Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

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