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7 Sustainable Brands for Stylish Athleisure Wear

LISTICLE | 06/17/2021
Frau macht eine Yoga Übung
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An active lifestyle with a minimal ecological footprint? Not so easy. Especially in the sportswear sector, the focus has been on high-tech fibres and countless gadgets for your favourite sport for far too long - without any consideration for the planet. But times are changing. Breathable shirts, comfy yoga leggings and waterproof trekking pants don't have to be harmful to the environment! Introducing 7 exciting brands and their truly sustainable athleisure collections.

Sustainable Athleisure Wear: What does it depend on?

  • Natural materials
    Cotton, linen, hemp or bamboo have a lot of good qualities: They are naturally breathable, pollutant-free, regenerative and biodegradable.
  • Recycling
    Synthetic fibres give our sports fashion superpowers. They make them water repellent, comfortable and durable. Instead of producing them from scratch, they can also be wonderfully recycled - from plastic waste, for example. The Global Recycled Standard, for example, ensures transparency here.
  • Environmentally friendly production
    No chemical bleaching agents, animal products or huge amounts of waste - even athleisure wear can be produced ecologically without harming the environment.
  • Fair production conditions
    Sustainable production always includes fair working conditions with fair wages and regulated working hours.
  • Quality
    Less is more. To save the planet, quality must come before quantity. The more durable a garment is, the more sustainable it is.
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Wolven

Sustainability is sexy! This is the credo of the label Wolven and proves it with stylish sports fashion. Founder Kiran Jade is committed to environmental protection, diversity, body positivity and female empowerment with her climate-neutral collections. The pieces are super stylish, toxin-free and eco-tex certified. The sportswear label also participates in the Cancel Plastic initiative: with every order, our oceans are lightened by one pound of plastic waste.

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OUTDOOR VOICES

The best basics for a sustainable as well as active lifestyle come from the sportswear label Outdoor VoicesYoga pants, crop tops, hiking outfits or comfortable sweat suits - the pieces make a stylish statement for more sustainability in every situation. The label uses sustainable materials like eco-certified merino wool or recycled polyester and ensures fair production conditions and high quality standards.

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GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE

The Label Girlfriend Collective is revolutionizing the sportswear industry with sustainable athleisure wear: the stylish pieces come in truly all sizes to emphasize that every body is beautiful. To date, more than eight million PET bottles and fishing nets have been recycled for the collections and processed under fair conditions and the highest quality standards. Each legging contains 25 plastic bottles that master their new task amazingly soft and elastic.

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Who could change the sportswear market more sustainably than a veteran like Patagonia? For 40 years, the makers have been fighting against the climate crisis and have even imposed an environmental tax on themselves to support environmental activists around the world. In the future Patagonia would also like to do away with labelling its garments in order to extend their life cycle and encourage consumers to rethink.

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INDIGO LUNA

The small collections from the label Indigo Luna are made under fair conditions from recycled and natural materials and dyed exclusively with vegetable dyes. The range includes great yoga outfits, stylish swim wear and super soft underwear - absolutely harmless for humans, animals and nature.

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AEANCE

The answer to all sustainability questions is: less is more. With multifunctional active wear, the young label Aeance follows exactly this approach and produces two small collections every year. Innovative, ecological materials ensure the durability of the pieces, clear cuts make them timelessly beautiful. With this, Aeance not only offers cool pieces for trendy athleisure looks, but also a truly sustainable alternative to fast-moving mass sports fashion.

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MANUKA LIFE

For ten years, fitness expert Leonie Elyatt has been running the sportswear label Manuka Life. What began with fairly produced yoga pants has grown into one of the most exciting brands for sustainable active wear - free of harmful substances, ecological and fairly produced. With part of the profits, the founder supports social projects around the world.

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