Would you like to buy sustainable sportswear and are you looking for quality brands that produce with respect for people and nature? Then we have some good tips for you. Discover sports brands that focus on good working conditions and environmentally friendly production and shop them at a local retailer near you! This way, you can make your next workout at the gym, running session or yoga class even more enjoyable.
Why is a lot of sportswear made of polyester?
Disclaimer: Unfortunately, most sportswear is made from plastic fibres such as polyester, polyamide, recycled PET, etc. These synthetic materials are made from crude oil and therefore have a high impact on the environment. In addition, the fabrics spread microplastics when worn and washed.
Read more about the environmental impact of polyester here.
However, there is a good reason why a lot of sportswear is made from this material: Synthetic fabrics are absorbent and dry quickly. In addition, they feel light and elastic, which makes them easy to move around in. Finally, polyester is shape- and colourfast and resistant to sweat.
Recycled polyester is often seen as a more sustainable alternative to new polyester. The advantage of this material is that no new petroleum is needed, which reduces the environmental impact. However, this material does also have a downside. Read more about recycled polyester here.
At COSH we, therefore, recommend choosing natural materials as much as possible. Do you prefer sportswear made from synthetic fibres? Wash the clothes at 30° and use a GuppyFriend. This laundry bag captures microplastics, so they don't end up in the ocean.
1. Iron Roots
Sportswear brand Iron Roots consciously chooses not to use polyester for its clothing. In their collection, you will find sportswear made from natural materials such as Tencel (made from eucalyptus), organic cotton and hemp. Moreover, the clothes are produced ethically in factories in Greece and Portugal.
Want to score a natural and fair fitness outfit? Shop the sportswear for men and women at Restrived
Are you looking for sustainable cycling wear, a good running outfit or a tennis skirt? Then you have come to the right place at MOOV36O. This Belgian sports brand makes sportswear for men and women out of ECONYL. This material is made of recycled fishing nets and other industrial waste.
The brand produces within Europe. Moreover, the brand donates 1% of their turnover to HealthySeas.
3. Recto Verso
Quality and craftsmanship are the keywords for Belgian company Recto Verso. The sports brand produces all clothing, from textile to finish, in their own factory in Belgium. This way, the brand guarantees good working conditions.
The materials that Recto Verso uses (polyamide and elastane) are not the most environmentally friendly. That is why the brand focuses on quality and performs strict checks. This way, the clothes lasts a long time. In addition, the patterns are cut out of the textile in a smart way, so that as little fabric as possible is lost.
4. Pure By Luce
The Belgian brand Pure By Luce offers sportswear and yoga outfits for environmentally conscious women. The clothing brand produces in Europe and only uses recycled and natural materials. The sports tops and T-shirts are made of 100% GOTS-certified cotton. For the leggings, the brand uses 70% recycled polyester and 30% elastane.
Pure By Luce communicates clearly and transparently. You will find clear information about the manufacturers in Italy and Portugal on the website. These comply with the European legislation so ethical working conditions can be guaranteed.
Are you looking for a comfortable outfit to cocoon at home, to follow a yoga class or to go to the gym? Then the leggings and tops of Kalyora are definitely a must. The seamless sportswear is soft and elastic and feels like a second skin.
The garments are produced in Turkey from 92% REPREVE®, recycled polyester, made of ocean-bound plastic. This material is supplemented with 8% spandex. Thanks to new technology, the polyester thread is knitted directly into garments, resulting in minimal waste production.
Shop the timeless Kalyora sports outfits at mAke in Hasselt
6. People Tree
The English clothing brand People Tree is a pioneer in the field of sustainable and ethical fashion. In their activewear collection, you discover yoga tops, leggings, biker shorts and crop tops. All People Tree sportswear is made of 95% organic cotton with the Fairtrade label, completed with 5% elastane. The complete production of the clothes (from spinning the cotton to stitching the fabrics) happens in Assisi. This is a social enterprise in India where good working conditions are key.
7. Swedish Stockings
Are you looking for a timeless sports outfit? Then you can never go wrong with a stylish black set. The tops and leggings from Swedish Stockings are made of 100% recycled materials: 96% recycled polyamide and 4% recycled elastane. The sportswear is produced in Italy.
Discover the sportswear of Swedish Stockings at KIEZ in Antwerp.
8. Girlfriend collective
With the colourful sports sets of Girlfriend Collective you are guaranteed to steal the show at the gym or on your yoga mat. For the clothing, the brand uses recycled polyester and ECONYL, made of recycled fishing nets. The production of the sportswear is done in Vietnam, in SA8000 certified factories. In addition, Girlfriend Collective dyes its colourful collection in an environmentally friendly way and the fabrics have the OEKO-TEX label. This guarantees that no harmful substances are present in the clothing.
Discover the sportswear of Girlfriend Collective at Tenue Préférée in Leuven.
9. Susy Cyclewear
Are you looking for a good cycling outfit? At Susy Cyclewear you will find comfortable and stylish cyclewear for women. All clothing is produced in Poland and also most of the fabrics are from Europe. For some items, the brand uses recycled materials, but Susy Cyclewear mainly focuses on good quality. That way, you can enjoy your cycling outfit for a long time.
Sports accessories and running shoes
10. Pierre sports
Still looking for a durable yoga mat? Then the cork yoga mats from Pierre Sports are the ideal match. This natural material comes from Portugal, is waterproof, light and soft to the touch. You can also find other accessories like yoga blocks and meditation cushions. Read more about the sustainability of Pierre Sports here.
11. be the fibre
Looking for an eco-friendly sports bag? Check out be the fibre! This Belgian brand originated from ‘Wereld Missie Hulp’ and recycles donated, second-hand clothes into stylish accessories. Thanks to the handy straps, you can easily carry a yoga mat on your back.
12. Veja Running
Did you know that the well-known trainer brand Veja also produces running shoes? The Veja Running shoes contain many circular materials and are ethically produced in Brazil.
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