Gearing up for a good workout but noticing it’s harder to find ethical activewear than the actual exercise itself? Don’t sweat it. Here is our guide to sweating sustainably in athletic wear that is fashionable, durable, and conscious.
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We work hard at sculpting and bettering ourselves at the gym, but wouldn’t it be great if we could better the environment at the same time? We’re doing out best and want to inspire you to do the same, so we’ve curated a list of conscious activewear fit for going to the gym, yoga, or on a hike with the pups. Every brand in this list is conscious and gives back to the planet through various projects be it through a recycling program, donating part of their proceeds to charity, or being fairtrade. So go ahead, shop your heart out, because what better motivator to hit the gym than a super chic new outfit?
Activewear made from PET bottles
(SGD $3.20-138 | HKD $18-780)
Transparency is the best policy, as demonstrated by Hoya Kerry, who strive for normalize sustainable manufacturing practices. Their garments are made from recycled polyester and yarn that is sourced from a Taiwanese textile company. Look and feel confident in their sets knowing that you’re supporting a conscious brand that abides by ethical working conditions and uses safe and non-toxic materials. The best part is that every garment comes with a non-woven drawstring bag as a cover, which is reusable. They also plant a tree for every order they get.
Instagram worthy athleisure suitable for all activities
(SGD $20-125 | HKD $114-708)
After seeing the shocking amount of plastic waste that came with their first collection, Outfyt acted immediately to make a change. Now, they produce their lines as sustainably as possible. Outfyts make their stylish cuts from Econyl, a fabric made from regenerated nylon. They’re conscious right down to their packaging by using a dissolvable bag that is edible and safe for animals too.
TOUCH THE TOES
Apparel for the conscious yogi
(SGD $65-175 | HKD $372-1000)
Touch The Toes shows us that it is indeed possible to get clothing that is good for the planet while being easy on the wallet. The Singaporean brand carries brands that are of the utmost high quality yet ultra fashionable. They also stock some very grippy mats, so there will be no need to worry about any more slippery lunges.
Stand out in the gym with activewear in vibrant patterns
(SGD $28-171.2 | HKD $157-967)
These unique pieces will leave you looking fly at your next pilates class. Rumi X features high-waisted bottoms that keep your body streamlined for all sorts of activities. Their products are also made from a myriad of sustainable materials, like coffee grounds, plastic bottles, and water-based ink dyes.
Sustainable and modern athleisure
(SGD $46-546 | HKD $260-3080)
Caelum Green is a multi-brand shop that stocks several sustainable lines, keeping their range modern and sophisticated. They also have brick and mortar stores in Hong Kong, so you can try and buy in person, thus reducing your carbon footprint by leaving online shopping for another day.
SHIFT TO NATURE
Soft organic cotton pieces perfect for a hot summer day
(SGD $28-159 | HKD $158-896)
Organic, ethical and fairtrade, Shift To Nature is the perfect place to shop at for a mindful modern-day consumer. Unlike other activewear stores, Shift To Nature uses more natural sustainable materials like organic cotton and bamboo in their clothing, making their pieces extra breathable and flowy.
Trendy activewear in styles that don’t expire
(SGD $57-132 | HKD $321-742)
Want to cop the Instagram activewear look but stay true to your sustainable values at the same time? Girlfriend Collective ticks both of those boxes. The pieces come in earthy tones to ensure they stay stylish forever. But in case you finish loving your items, Girlfriend Collective will accept your pre-loved pieces and recycle them into new ones.
Basics, but high tech
(SGD $41-320 | HKD $230-1802)
This Danish brand sells basics out of organic materials, but that doesn’t exactly mean that their products are at all ordinary. Organic Basics has thoughtfully used SilverTec™ in their clothes, which is a GRS certified recycled nylon that takes 80% less water to produce, stays fresh for longer, and is thick enough that you have full coverage when doing the downward dog.
Super soft sports bras made from recycled waste
(SGD $9-280 | HKD $50-1290)
You won’t want to take off this super soft sports bra made from pre-consumer recycled nylon and recycled PET bottles. But when you finally decide to part ways, don’t toss it! Instead, send it back to Ryley to be repaired or recycled. Ryley will thank you with 10% off your next purchase.