It’s that time again for our monthly sustainable roundup, and boy, we’ve got some goods for you (some insanely comfy and stretchy goods, at that.) This month’s bunch includes all of the cozy (+ ethically made) activewear pieces we’ve been living in this past year and have zero intention of getting out of any time soon. Really, it’s all we want to live in.
I’d venture to say that it’s the truth for a lot of us right now. Like…how could I not want to eat, sleep, and breathe in Reformation’s mint-colored set, or a “luxe-to-the-touch” pullover and shorts by Vuori?
6 Sustainable Activewear Brands We Swear By
I just think activewear is the new, well…everythingwear. Before you know it, we’ll be rockin’ fancy jewels over our soft sweatshirts for a night out. It’ll happen. (Did I lose you?)
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In case it’s not apparent, we take activewear (and comfort) very seriously here at TME. It’s kind of our thing (see note about ‘everythingwear’ above). Here are seven sustainable workout brands that we’ve worn to school, to the playground, lounging at home, running errands, and…yes, working out.
Oooobviously we’re fans of adidas here at TME. Pretty sure at least half of us are wearing something adidas at any given moment. I mean, they just have SO many good pieces from sneaks to loungewear to activewear — and we eat it allll up. Huge plus that they’re a sustainable brand, too. Just makes us happy. (Read their full sustainability approach here.)
Amy’s adidas Pick
I loooove a good pair of bike shorts. With adidas being a top workout brand, you know these bike shorts will perform well, but then there’s that added bonus of just being real super cute paired with hoodies for your morning coffee run or a light sweater for a stroll along the beach. Also, these shorts are made from recycled plastic (removed from the ocean), which makes my beach-bum-heart extra happy. Here they are in color options, too!
Shana’s adidas Pick
Not only has adidas attempted to make it’s whole manufacturing chain more sustainable, but they’re now making some of their sneakers with recycled materials. I need a new pair of running shoes, and I’m in LOVE with this pair of Fluidflows in the champagne/gray. I’ve found that this sort of lighter gray is super versatile, and fairly trend-proof, so I tend to keep them for years. (And if you haven’t yet picked up a pair of Superstars…they’re still my most-worn shoe of all time.)
Laura’s adidas Pick
I mean. This print! This print this print. It’s by London-based artist Egle Zvirblyte. It’s so rad and happy and there’s a tiger so I couldn’t NOT choose this, this month. I find myself always wanting these crop workout tops these days, especially in summer, to pair with my high-waisted leggings. The matching bike shorts are almost sold out, but I’d mix the top with my black leggings!
Ahhh, another one of our loves: Athleta. Talk about women-empowering and size-inclusive, plus some really cute, sustainable products. Yeah, all the good stuff. We’re longtime fans of Athleta and can attest to their quality and longevity — they just really know what they’re doing. Shop their Earth Month Edit, and read about their sustainability efforts & community promises.
Linzi’s Athleta Pick
A pair of good, wide-leg sweatpants of sorts is pretty underrated. Like, look at these! They’ve got the comfiness and stretch of a good pair of leggings (+ a customizable waistband that folds up or down depending on your fit of choice) with a generous bit of lightweight flowyness that you didn’t know you needed. Just feels ahhhmazing and looks really cute, too.
Okokok, we all know about Reformation’s gorgeously feminine dresses, blouses, (amazing) jeans, etc., but how about ACTIVEWEAR? Yup, you read that correctly. Get ready. Their new line comes in two sustainable fabrics: EcoMove (for mid to high-impact activities) and EcoStretch (for low-impact activities) in seven beautiful colors. Just sounds so dreamy — especially at the under $100 price point. Read more about their sustainability standards.
Kat’s Reformation Pick
To say I am obsessed with Reformation would be an understatement. I am head over heels in love with their new activewear line right now, and love how versatile the cropped tank and leggings are for working out or wearing for everyday wear. For more outfit inspo, check out how I style this set in my recent post — it has all the tea on why I love this set so much!
If you’re a fan of matching sets AND truly comfortable activewear — look no further, Girlfriend Collective has got you covered. They have a bunch of super cute bras, leggings, bike shorts and even unitards in a handful of neutrals and pops of colors. Their pieces are made in fair-trade factories from recycled and eco-friendly fabrics, and they’re also pretty size inclusive (XXS – 6XL). Read more about Girlfriend Collective here.
Meredith’s Girlfriend Collective Pick
I am very into the Girlfriend Collective at the moment — their commitment to sustainability and inclusive sizing is admirable. I’m loving these leggings because they have…drumroll…POCKETS! Pockets are becoming a very big thing for me the older I get. The Girlfriend Collective also has some really cute sports bras that you can pair with their leggings to create a set.
Patagonia has been acing sustainability efforts since…well…always. They’re pretty much the pioneer of eco-friendly activewear (and outerwear, swimwear, sportswear, hikingwear? is that a word?) and just so happen to produce some of the best really-good-quality styles. (And they’re a Certified B-Corp as well as Fair-Trade Certified.) They’ll always be one of our faves.
Scotti’s Patagonia Pick
Before this year I never knew the importance of having a really good, warm-but-thin (and soft!) base layer. I wore this one allll the time this winter when we went skiing or sledding or anything outdoors, really, and it’s still in heavy rotation even though the snow is gone. I imagine I’ll be wearing it a ton even this summer on cool mornings for a run or nights around the fire.
Vuori puts out some seriously good activewear and loungewear pieces that we actually feel good buying. They’re environmentally responsible and use only ethical manufacturing when producing their insanely comfy clothing. (Oh, and the free shipping over $75 & free returns is great, too.)
Shana’s Vuori Pick
I had been flirting with the yellow version of this sweatshirt…but who am I kidding? Gray. I’ll wear gray. And when paired with these seriously comfy-cute shorts, it’s an outfit I could easily wear all day. It’s also the kind of outfit that I turn to on lazy workout days. The days I don’t realllllly want to workout, the okfineI’lljustdo20min kind of workout days. On those kinds of days, leggings feel aggressive, but comfy shorts and a sweatshirt? Yup. (There’s also a matching jogger, if that’s more your speed.) All pieces are from Vuori’s clean line, and are made with 89% recycled polyester and are impossibly soft. (They wash well, too.)
It’s just such a plus when activewear not only feels good but is good (for the planet). It’s more of a reason to wear only (eco-friendly) leggings and sneaks all day every day. Haha…
If only I were joking.
Xo, Team TME