Don’t hate me for admitting it, but I don’t pay that much attention to whether or not my fitness clothing are eco. Most workout clothes are made of synthetic materials (think spandex and nylon), and those are definitely not sustainable materials. The most important things to me are that they are stylish (I never have a good workout if I don’t feel confident about my outfit), that they can withstand the insane amount of sweat I seem to produce, and that they are well-made (and by default can withstand multiple washes). That said I have noticed a sharp increase in the number of eco brands so it’s clear that many consumers do place a heavy importance on this. Turns out you can have eco-friendly, high performance pieces – biodegradable, eco-friendly fabrics like bamboo, for example, are soft to the touch and have moisture-absorbing properties.
Style-wise while they’re still not at the level of my favorite brand (Alala…could wear them all day, everyday!), there are definitely some covetable pieces.
First up, bodysuits. They are a huge trend in RTW and it had transitioned over to fitness where many women (especially if you do Tracy Anderson), are now wearing bodysuits or one-piece bathing suits under their leggings. I love the above limited edition one piece from Sumersalt. Plus if you’re in the Hamptons it means you can workout and then not change before jumping in the water post-exercise. The $95 one-piece is part of a limited edition collaboration with Supergoop; with every purchase of the suit, you get a 1oz bottle of Supergoop’s Everyday Sunscreen plus a discount for a future purchase on Supergoop’s site. The suit has UPF 50+ protection.
Sundried is another standout. The line of recycled activewear is made using actual coffee grounds! The pieces also have odor blocking and UV protection. Their Breithorn 2.0 Sports Bra ($58) is super comfortable and a bit longer than regular sports bras so it’s perfect if you want to workout shirt-less.
Belforte makes their activewear collection using fabrics that are cut and spun from recovered recyclables. All garment assembly is done in Los Angeles and fabrics are sourced from local textile mills in California, which eliminates freight pollution by avoiding importing from overseas.
Manduka is best known for making the best yoga mats (the Black Mat Pro is the Rolls-Royce of yoga mats) but a few years ago they launched activewear with each piece made using eco-friendly fabrics like recycled polyester, organic cotton, hemp, Tencel and Sorona.