By Sarah Finley
Whether it's for hanging around the house in or actually working up a sweat in - having a choice of activewear is always a plus.
However, as the world turns to more sustainable choices, many activewear companies, including these eco-friendly legging brands, are saying goodbye to plastic and using more sustainable fabrics for their creations - which we love.
Plastic Free July highlights some of the ways we can all be more sustainable - and your wardrobe is always a great place to start. So if it's time to swap your best sports bra or buy new activewear - here are some brands that are looking to the future when it comes to sustainability.
Pocket Sport is working hard to have all their activewear made from 100% recycled materials by end of this year. We love their Morisot shorts which are made from recycled polyester, are lightweight for improved running performance and with a hidden side pocket for keys and cards - perfect! The brand's Logo Sweatshirt is also made from 100% Organic Cotton.
Kit Change makes all their leggings, shorts, crop tops and hoodies from recycled plastic bottles. In fact, 16 bottles are used to make their leggings, including these gorgeous orange FIT versions. The high waisted, squat proof, compression-style leggings are perfect for HIIT workouts or running outside.
MAAREE's activewear is not only sustainable but also supportive and sweat-wicking. The Empower bra is made using Econyl® recycled yarns, while its new Mighty t-shirts, £35, in Rose, Emerald and Marl Grey, are made from high-quality Modal Fabric from Beech Tress - meaning they are not only environmentally friendly but super soft too.
Asquith is another super eco-conscious brand - with a gorgeous selection of yoga and pilates wear. Made with super soft bamboo, organic cotton and their trademarked performance fabric, Bambor®, their clothes feel amazing against your skin. This includes their bestselling Flow with it leggings, priced at £65.
Sundried's activewear is made from 100% recycled materials including its Grivola 2.0 Women's top, priced at £20, and made from recycled coffee grounds. It is sweat-wicking, temperature-controlled and has multi-way stretch as standard. While their 7/8 leggings, £40, are just as eco-conscious - and are perfect for yoga, running or lifting.
Tentree's new inMotion collection, which is a mixture of tights, crop bras and shorts, which start from £39.95, are not only created from responsibly made fabrics, but every item bought plants ten trees at reforestation projects around the world. What a great thought.
Sarah is a freelance journalist who writes about fitness and wellbeing for the BBC, Woman&Home and Tech Radar. During lockdown she found her love of running outside again and now attempts to run around 50 miles a month. When it comes to other fitness, she loves a sweaty cardio session – although since she’s been working out from home she’s sure her downstairs neighbors aren’t too happy about it. She also loves to challenge herself - and has signed up to do hiking holidays, intense bootcamps and last year she went on her dream activity holiday: paddle boarding around deserted islands in Croatia. On her rest days, she loves to recover with a simple yoga flow session – the perfect antidote to her active fitness schedule.
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