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5 tracksuits doing right by you and the environment

We’ve done the digging, now go get comfy

By Felicity Bonello

Whether you’re working from home in lockdown, or simply enjoying getting cosy in the cooler weather, the tracksuit is having a moment. If, like us, you’ve been deep diving for the best in ethical basics, we’ve summarised a list of the trackies, sweats and sets because we hear you, we feel you, and we’re here for it!


A global collective of scientists, technologists, and designers, the PANGAIA community has spent years working on solutions for sustainable clothing. Using smart technology and as many sustainable and recyclable elements as possible, PANGAIA products aim to solve environmental problems associated with the fashion industry. Broken down, the brand name means Pan: all-inclusive, especially in relation to the whole of a continent, racial group or religion, and Gaia: Mother Earth, and this is a brand we can get behind. Not to mention the colour spectrum of their 100 percent organic cotton tracksuit offering. Swoon!

Image @pangaia/Instagram
Image @pangaia/Instagram


The team behind Australian Stitch care about the quality of basics and the people who make them. Ethically and locally manufactured here in Australia, Australian Stitch produce quality basics to complement your style, that aren’t mass produced and won’t fall apart after one wash. This team is in the business of helping all of us understand the importance of where the products we buy come from, how they are made, where they are made, who is making them and in what conditions they are being made in. Shop the best in both men’s, women’s, and unisex basics here.

Image @australian_stitch/Instagram
Image @australian_stitch/Instagram


It’s no surprise we’re fans of the Afends team. The cult street and surf brand has been pioneering the use of Hemp in their garments since 2014, in a truly innovative and industry game changing way. They’ve got an unwavering commitment to transparency, responsibility and sustainability, and a solid offering of quality men’s, women’s and unisex garments. Their Premium Organic range is made entirely from GOTS certified organic cotton which puts quality and conscious design at the forefront. Go on, add to cart.



This contemporary lifestyle brand is ticking a lot of boxes. Committed to making a positive social and environmental impact on the lives of their makers with a focus on empowering women, care is at the heart of what Cloth and Co do. Their products are energy and water efficient; they use only GOTS certified organic cotton for their apparel, they’re deep in R&D creating colour fast plant based natural dyes for their entire range, they have a sustainable business model, an ethical sourcing and supply chain management; and they utilise the traditional skills of artisans to develop and co-create their beautiful ranges. Get comfy with these guys. They’re doing lots of good.

Image @clothandco/Instagram
Image @clothandco/Instagram


Any business named Vege Threads must be treading lightly and keeping things simple in the sustainability arena, right? They are 100 per cent manufactured in Australia using organic and eco-friendly materials and dyes in limited numbers. Transparent, and with accreditation from Ethical Clothing Australia, they pride themselves on working with local knitting mills and dye houses and embrace the shift towards slower living with long lasting, practical yet beautifully designed garments. A proud member of 1% for the Planet, a percentage of Vege Threads profits are donated back to their chosen environmental projects and NFP movements locally and around the globe. Shopping has never felt so right.

Image @vegethreads/Instagram
Image @vegethreads/Instagram

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