As someone who works from home, I’m gonna level with you...yoga pants and workout leggings are my uniform. Now, that doesn't mean I workout religiously in said attire...but nonetheless, I am always on the hunt for unique, flattering, and, more recently, ethically-produced designs to add to my collection of comfy's. The good news is there are lots of fair trade activewear brands out there. The not so good news? It can take a little bit of digging to identify those that are equally ethical and stylish.
Started by a husband and wife team, LVR uses earth-friendly materials like organic cotton, hemp, and low-impact dyes to manufacture their super soft, life-ready clothes. Designed and handmade in Los Angeles, the leggings, yoga pants, hoodies and casual dresses offered by the brand resemble a yogi candy store of sorts - so many colorful tie dye options! Each month, LVR makes a donation to the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles, and a portion of their profits goes to a wildlife rescue center in Guatemala called ARCAS.
2.) Synergy Clothing
An official Green America Certified business, Synergy Clothing uses organic fibres in their extensive line of activewear and casualwear. The brand is as socially-ethical (paying its workers a living wage; supporting hundreds of nonprofits) as it is environmentally sensitive; Synergy’s warehouse is solar powered, and they have partnered with San Lorenzo River Alliance to help restore and preserve local coastlines.
If you’re a pattern person, get ready to swoon. Teeki is a free-spirited boho's dream come true. All of the brand’s clothes are made out of fabric spun from fibers made of recycled plastic water bottles. Such a unique way to incorporate environmental efforts into the fashion manufacturing process. A fun feature on their site is the ability to search by prints, which, fair warning, is kind of addicting. There’s something very energizing about Teeki’s designs; on the days when I actually wake up for my early morning SoulCycle class...it’s usually when I’ve laid a pair of these puppies out the night before.
Threads for Thought is a lifestyle fashion brand rooted in sustainability. The brand does an awesome job on its site of cohesively breaking down their manufacturing process which is refreshing. In addition to using organic cotton, recycled polyester and lenzel modal, Threads for Thought is also active in water conservation. Their designs are effortlessly cool and functional, without being fussy.
PrAna is a member of the Textile Exchange and uses only organic cotton, hemp and recycled polyester to create their products. A popular fashion resource among climbers and serious yogis, the brand is diligent about maintaining the highest sustainability standards. They also have an extensive yoga and mountain-specific Men's section.
6.) Dharma Bums
Calling all color-lovers! Dharma Bums produces bright, lively designs with all-vegan, eco-conscious materials, and only works with fair-trade suppliers. The values-based brand sells mostly yoga leggings in various lengths, styles and prints, but also has some more versatile street apparel on their site.
At this rate, I'll never have to wear real pants again! *Happy sigh*
Let us know if you know of any other activewear brands that should be on our radar!