Ethical, Sustainable Activewear
Workout Gear That Works Hard for the Earth
Fast fashion is hurting the environment, with cheap and trendy clothing that made it tempting to buy a new wardrobe every season. And with the recent rise of athleisure fashion, activewear has been no exception. Retailers have produced leggings, tank tops, and sports bras with fun patterns and thin fabrics. But eco-conscious shoppers are savvy to practices that set the bar higher when it comes to environmental responsibility.
By showing your support for brands that care about sustainability, you’re helping to raise the standards. In other words, your closet and shopping habits have the power to help our planet!
What to look for in eco-friendly clothes
- Made from recycled fibers:
For example, leggings made from recycled plastic bottles. And shirts made from recycled fishing nets.
- Ethical manufacturing and factories:
Fair Trade Certified factories
- Nontoxic dye process No harsh chemical dyes
- Made in the USA
Wanna support the local economy? You can bet that a clothing company Made in the USA is putting ethics over their margins.
- Sustainably sourced natural fibers:
Down coats, merino wool activewear, and cotton should be organic or labeled as sustainably sourced, meaning animals and the earth are not harmed in the collection of fiber sources.
- bluesign® approved
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- Timeless styles:
The best way to ensure your clothing doesn’t end up hurting the environment is to keep wearing what you have longer. Styles that surpass trends can be worn for years and years– if you wash them properly.
The bluesign® system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. You can look for bluesign® approved pieces when shopping eco-friendly workout clothes so you know that there’s another level of accountability.
Eco-Friendly Activewear Brands To Shop
It’s 2019, and we have thousands of brands catering to the demand for activewear that looks good and performs. If you spend a lot of time in workout clothes and also care about your global community, chances are you want to know what goes into your gym clothes. Plus, activewear can be an investment. You want to put your money towards the best quality, but not if that’s sacrificing your planet.
These athletic wear brands make eco-conscious decisions in their fabrics, factories, and supply chain. For example, Girlfriend Collective – a new women’s activewear brand that started only a few years ago – began with a simple pair of black leggings. But they weren’t just any leggings. Each pair of Girlfriend’s leggings is made from 25 recycled plastic bottles. This type of activewear creates a new market to save garbage from oceans and landfills.
Sustainable activewear brands
This list is certainly not exhaustive, but these are a few sustainably-minded activewear brands worth checking out. Wanna try stuff on? Shop at REI Co-Op for hiking, running, outdoors, and yoga apparel that meet a high standard of sustainability. Evolve Fitwear is a great online activewear retailer that stocks eco-friendly clothing. Plus, they pride themselves on super-fast shipping and give back 5% to charitable organizations.
How To Make Activewear Last Longer
So, now that you know where to shop for sustainable activewear, there’s just one more thing to do. At HEX Performance, we care a lot about fabrics. We know people have thrown out workout clothes when they couldn’t get sweat smell out, and that’s a problem for our environment. That’s why our detergent is built from scratch to clean and protect modern fabrics. It removes built-up sweat, grime, and bacterial stink from laundry, and helps retain the moisture-wicking functionality. All with a biodegradable formula.
If you want to protect your investment in quality, eco-friendly workout clothes, you need to consider how you clean those clothes.
Tips for cleaning workout clothes
- Never use fabric softener or dryer sheets
- Pay attention to the fabric care tag
- Always air dry
- Use the gentle or delicate cycle in the washing machine
- Wash with HEX Detergent
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