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Say hello to your new favourite ethical activewear

These activewear brands are doing their bit for the environment and fair trade

It’s a wardrobe staple for many of us, even when we aren’t at the gym, but activewear is also synonymous with synthetic materials. The good news is you don’t have to sacrifice your sweats just yet because a number of brands are now looking to organic cotton as well as recycled nylon to create workout gear without the worry.

So whether it’s yoga, HIIT or Pilates, here are some of the best ethically produced and better for the environment activewear brands around. There’s never been a better excuse to get sporty!

First Base

Bondi-born, this slick brand takes no prisoners in the gym, on the court or in the yoga studio. Ethically produced, founder Alison Cotton is committed to transparency about its manufacturing as well as the company’s sustainable practices. Activewear is made from 78 per cent recycled materials and cotton is GOTS certified. They also use recycled packaging and support the Plant-A-Tree program in collaboration with Carbon Neutral Pty Ltd. We’d call that a win-win.

Image @thisisfirstbase
Image @thisisfirstbase

Bhumi Organic Cotton

Fairtrade and GOTS certified, it also uses non-toxic dyes in the production of its yoga and activewear. As well as the usual suspects to guide you through your downward dog, it also boasts joggers, tops and cardis to ensure you get to class in style. Rest easy knowing your package will arrive in recycled, non-toxic packaging.

Image bhumi_organic_cotton/Instagram
Image bhumi_organic_cotton/Instagram

Salt Gypsy

Inspired by the ocean, these leggings founded by surfer Danielle Clayton, are made from ECONYL aka salvaged plastic, ghost fishing nets and carpet and textile offcuts. They can be worn surfing, on soft sand runs or in the yoga studio and boast a sun protection factor of SPF 50+. Mix and match with their cute cropped rashies.

Image Salt Gypsy
Image Salt Gypsy


Patagonia was putting sustainability at its very core before sustainable fashion was even a concept. Recycled polyester and organic cotton makes up the majority of their clothing, and they also donate 1 per cent of sales to grassroots environmental groups. Their activewear and jackets make hitting the pavement or a hike through the mountains a breeze.

Image @patagonia/Instagram
Image @patagonia/Instagram

Paco Loves Luna

Model and personal trainer, Lauren Vicker’s new label is made from recycled plastic bottles with organic cotton stitching. It’s fun, bright and built for all shapes including maternity and plus sizes. Lightweight and quick drying, it’s perfect whether you’re working up a sweat or just going with life’s flow.


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