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16 Best Activewear Brands For All Budgets In 2021

Natalie Wilson
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Ethical activewear brands that are fusing fashion with technology.

Thanks to advanced fashion technology in the material design segment, you can now choose to go eco-friendly, from head to toe.

The number of labels out there designing apparel for conscious fashion and fitness shoppers is on the rise.

There’s a wide range of smart tracksuits made of recycled bottles, leggings from bamboo, and high-end sneakers from plastic waste that you can choose from.

However, being a conscious shopper can be costly at times.

That’s why we’ve put together a top 5 ethical activewear brands fusing fashion with tech that are worth every single penny.

1. Riley

Riley ethical activewear

Sustainability is at the core of its brand philosophy. Riley is a company that’s working towards a fully circular economy.




The company sources its fabrics from waste-based materials and also from nature-friendly, biodegradable materials.

Dedicated to extensive research and development Riley is also playing its role in ing alleviate the plastic waste crisis by using fabrics such as rPET, made from packaging and industrial waste.

 

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The results from R&D are evident as some of Riley’s most popular materials to date are Q-Nova by Fulgar, made from waste materials, and Econyl, an infinitely recyclable material made from general waste.

2. Davy J.

Davy J. sustainable swimwear

Davy J makes amazing swimwear from nylon yarn regenerated 100% from waste. The brand also recycles spent and ghost fishing nets, and for every ton of waste and fishing nets collected, the company regenerated nylon enough to create over 10,000 swimsuits.

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Besides doing their good share for the oceans, Davy J swimwears are seen as a worthwhile investment thanks to the long-lasting materials used and the return policy the company has in place.

 

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If the swimwear wears down, the company encourages its customers to return them so, to be melted and reused.

3. Bamboo Clothing

Bamboo Clothing ethical activewear

Bamboo is an eco-friendly plant that is becoming very popular as a sustainable alternative to cotton and BAM is all about it.




Apart from the materials used in their products, the British label also puts focus on transparency, honesty, and equality.

The brand offers beautiful yoga apparel made from an ultra-stretch fine-knit bamboo fabric engineered without seams and chic chino shorts made of Tencel.

Tencel is another eco-friendly fabric designed to keep moisture away and keep the wearer feeling dry and comfortable.

4. Evveervital

Evveervital ethical and sustainable activewear

Another British ethical activewear brand that’s fusing fashion with innovative materials is the London based Evveervital.




Evveervital is taking a more holistic approach by putting the accent on researching new eco-fabrics from innovative and sustainable materials only.

Some of the materials used by Evveervital include a knit made from 100% bio-based polyamide called BR4 Fabrics, a material perfect for activewear apparel.

 

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It is super drying super fast, stretchy, comfortable, antibacterial, and chlorine and solvent resistant.

5. VIVOBAREFOOT

Vivobarefoot sustainable shoes

VIVOBAREFOOT sustainable footwear

On a mission to use at least 90-per cent sustainable materials across their entire product range by 2020, VIVOBAREFOOT is the brand behind the first shoes made of repurposed algae.

The company is very forward with their recycling practices, and in 2017, the brand announced over 2 million plastic bottles were diverted from landfills and converted into shoes.

 

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6. Pavlo

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Phvlo eco-friendly activewear collection is based on the idea of ’25-hour lifestyle’.

That is, the adoption of a mindful lifestyle for a happier life.

The concept is projected in the collection’s superb designs: active, conscious, quality, timeless, sustainable, and multifunctional.

7. Adidas by Stella

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Adidas by Stella McCartney’s new eco-friendly activewear collection is a perfect combination of performance, aesthetic design and sustainable fashion.

The collection is full of bold innovations: sneakers from ocean collected plastics, garments made in a ‘zero-water’ dying process, and leggings from recycled polyester.

Each piece of this collection tells a story and stands out by unique designs.

8. Girlfriend Collective

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Girlfriend Collective eco-friendly activewear collection is a breakthrough in the way activewear is made and designed.

It’s simple yet elegant design, in combination with peaceful colours, embraces diversity in age, body type, ethnicity, and size.

The eco-friendly activewear collection is uniquely designed to resonate with those who want to get in shape, be healthy and do good not just for themselves but for the others and the environment as well.

In this collection, the identity of its sustainable fashion brand, Reformation, is projected in its products design, the used materials, and production line.

The brand is famous for using circular techniques such as the use of recycled plastic bottles in its fabrics, as well as being socially conscious and fair trade certified.

9. Aday

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Believing in high quality, durability and timeless design, Aday’s new eco-friendly activewear collection is consciously made to last.

The combination of high-performance Intelligence Fabrics and its unique design makes the collection suitable for every occasion, from work to brunch or straight to the gym.

10. Patagonia

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Since the fashion label truly ‘lives and breathes the great outdoors’, Patagonia’s eco-friendly activewear collection is specially made for outdoor lovers.

Patagonia’s strong commitment to labour rights, circular models, and the reduction of energy consumption and carbon emissions are projected by the brand’s production practices such as the use of recycled materials and fair trade sourcing as well as its unique product designs.

11. Vyayama

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This yoga clothing brand is known to make sustainable activewear from Tencel, an eco-friendly fabric. See their collections here! 😍

12. Manduka

Manduka sustainable yoga accessories

The yoga mats from Manduka are made out of organic tree rubber, fully biodegradable.

13. Yoga Democracy

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Their eye-catching apparel, with beautiful and bold patterns, are made only from recycled bottles. Check out their yoga leggings here.



14. Davy J

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Made from nylon yarn that is regenerated from waste, Davy J’s apparel is both, sexy and youthful in style.

15. Silou London

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Using non-toxic textiles manufactured in Lithuania, Silou London is into designs that stand out, showcasing love for fitness and planet at the same time.

16. Starseeds

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Starseeds creates leggings from recycled polyester and coffee ground waste.

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