Our 6 favorite ethical + sustainable activewear brands for looking good while crushing your fitness goals
(+ online Inclusive workout classes to get you started)
We live by a ‘Look Fabulous, Feel Fabulous’ motto, so whether you are pumping weights in your living room or on a jog around your neighborhood, why not look your best? Whatever your 2021 resolutions may be, make it fashion! Here are our 6 favorite ethical + sustainable activewear brands to shop for looking good while crushing your fitness goals AND some inclusive online workout classes to help you get started!
Miakoda was born because of the need for sustainability within the industry. And when they say sustainability, they mean sustainable in all ways: materially, in labor practices, and socially. Made in an ethical factory in NYC, they are able to manufacture locally and reduce their carbon footprint. The brand promises to be inclusive and representative of all genders and identities, noting themselves they are not womenswear, but “everyoneswear”. Find sizes from XS-4XL.
Plus, check out their Zero Waste Collection that they created as a way to give their scraps more life and keep them out of landfills!
All of Organics Basics’ products are designed to last and made from natural, renewable, recycled, biodegradable and or low-impact textiles only! Their activewear is specially treated with a safe, permanent, bluesign® approved recycled silver salt called Polygiene® that stops the growth of odor causing bacteria on the fabric. Polygiene® is not a nano-silver, so it has no harmful effect on the environment when washing. Each item on their site notes the impact index of the item, so you can see what you are preventing and saving with each item of clothing!
Single use plastic water bottles can take up to 500 years to decompose. Scary, we know. That’s why we love Girlfriend Collective– they are turning this trash into sourcing and redirecting the possibility of all that plastic being tossed into landfills. They turn old plastic bottles, fishing nets and other waste into bras, leggings and shorts– super cute ones, might we add! The matching sports bra and legging sets are a must and size inclusive (XXS-6XL)! The brand is super transparent on their site, sharing everything from their process, materials and their facilities.
With every item purchased from Tentree, they plant 10 trees and they have already planted 50 MILLION trees. They have a great selection of sweatpants and hoodies perfect for movement that are all designed in Canada and ethically made in various places around the world. Our favorite sweats are the ones made out of recycled polyester and TENCEL™, A.K.A discarded “single-use” plastics from landfills and responsibly sourced wood pulp that is produced in an entirely “closed-loop” process. (YES- It’s another brand that takes plastic and gives them new use in your wardrobe!)
Groceries Apparel features organic fabrics and non-toxic dyes and is manufactured in their own LA factory to ensure their standards are fully executed. Plus, having local and traceable production minimizes waste and their carbon footprint. The vegetable dyes used make for some seriously cool tie dyes– our fav being the hand dipped indigo!
Pact’s products are Certified Organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and made in Fair Trade Certified Factories. With orders, comes thoughtful packaging that is recycled/ recyclable and biodegradable. In addition, you have the option to offset the carbon footprint of the shipment. Pact’s leggings also lean more on the affordable side of athletic pants that tend to get pretty pricey–But of course, not at the price of style!
Feel Fabulous With These Fun For Everyone Workouts
Getting in the groove of a workout routine doesn’t have to be hard. Check out these options varying in cost (subscription based and free options), content (from cardio to yoga), and difficulty levels.
Life coach and studio owner turned livestream instructor, Dawn Estelle has brought her SWEAT classes online. For $20/month, you can participate in live classes on Zoom or do the pre recorded classes.
This is your full length workout class: 8 songs with a warm up and stretch gives you a full workout in about 40 minutes!
The be.come project is an approachable, inclusive and body-neutral experience in an accessible 25-minute routine. Every week, the be.come project clients receive a curated routine taught by Bethany C. Meyers that mimics an in-person class experience. Subscription is $35/month.
The Fitness Marshall on Youtube @thefitnessmarshall
Original dance workouts created by Caleb Marshall are free on Youtube and other paid membership options are available to get even more workout content! You can choose which songs (constantly updated with all the current hits) you want to do and dance along to the customized workout.
Jessamyn Stanley is a yoga teacher, body positivity advocate, writer, and all around activist. In The Under Belly yoga classes, she uses high energy vinyasa flow as a way to move past mental and emotional barriers. While she does have some content on Youtube (yoga and more), The Underbelly has $9.99/month subscription based classes.
So try these workouts – what are you waiting for? 😉
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