Ethically Made Activewear 

With the turn of a new year comes a fresh resolve to stay active. This seasonal transition is the perfect time to renew our commitment to self-care, health, and wellbeing. Beyond just gearing up for a good workout, athletic wear is becoming more of a staple for daily wear, and we’re always on the search for conscious companies.

With fair trade and ethical labor practices, natural and recycled fabrics, and local, limited, and conscious production, these brands are doing their part to provide consumers with high-performance activewear while protecting both people and the planet. Let us know your favorites!

If you’re updating your fitness routine, be sure to check out our guide to the best eco-friendly yoga mats.

1. Organic Basics

Based In | Copenhagen, Denmark & San Francisco, CA 
Ethics | B Corp, GOTS Certified, sustainable materials & practices, ethically made
Best For | Basics & activewear
Product Range | Bras, bottoms, tops, tees, socks, leggings
Size Range | XS–XXL
Price Range | $$

Organic Basics only uses natural, renewable, recycled, biodegradable, and low-impact textiles. This means you can expect organic cotton bras, Tencel tank tops (that’s a fiber made from responsibly sourced wood pulp), and yoga shorts made of recycled nylon. Organic Basics also works with certified factory partners that pay living wages. Twice a year, it donates a portion of its profits to grassroots activists and organizations that address environmental crises.

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2. Pact

Based In | Boulder, CO
Ethics | Organic, fair trade, GOTS Certified
Best For | Basics
Product Range | Adult yoga apparel, underwear, tops, socks, bottoms
Size Range | XS–XXL
Price Range | $

Pact imagines a world without toxic chemicals, sweatshops, or child labor—it's the kind of world we want to live in, too. The brand's basics are made with organic, fair trade cotton, and with neutral colors and affordable prices, Pact is the perfect place to stock up on all your cotton undergarments, including socks, underwear, and leggings. 

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3. Tentree

Based In | Vancouver, Canada
Ethics | B Corp, sustainable & eco-friendly materials, ethically made, gives back
Best For | Graphic athletic tees & hoodies
Product Range | Adult tops, bottoms, accessories
Size Range | XS–XL
Price Range | $–$$

Tentree understands that every little bit helps when it comes to being more eco-friendly, whether it’s bringing a reusable bag to the grocery store or shopping consciously. For every purchase, Tentree plants 10 trees (the company aspires to plant 1 billion by 2030—take that, climate change!), and more than 51 million have been planted already across a handful of countries. We love the blending of athletic wear with beautifully designed graphics for unique yet practical activewear.

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4. Patagonia

Based In | Ventura, CA
Ethics | B Corp, eco-friendly, gives back, organic, fair trade
Best For | Sport-specific activewear
Product Range | Adult & kids’ activewear (bodysuits, outerwear, yoga apparel, fleeces)
Size Range | XXS–XXL
Price Range | $$–$$$

Patagonia is a B Corp committed to the triple bottom line: profit, people, and planet. The brand's mission incorporates building the best products for those who love the great outdoors while also caring for the environment. Whether you're looking for yoga pants, outdoor jackets, running shorts, or activewear for little ones, this California-based brand has got you covered.

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5. Outdoor Voices

Based In | Austin, TX
Ethics | Recycled materials and packaging, thoughtful production, gives back
Best For | Women’s crop tops
Product Range | Adult athletic wear
Size Range | XXS–XXXL
Price Range | $$–$$$

Outdoor Voices' interchangeable layers are perfect for any season or activity. From dog jogs to dodgeball, this athletic wear collection spans gym-life and, well, life-life. Outdoor Voices sources sustainable textiles, including responsibly sourced merino wool and recycled polyester made from water bottles, and the company takes care of its stateside and overseas factory partners, prioritizing fair working conditions and ethical labor practices.

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6. Summersalt

Based In | St. Louis, MO
Ethics | Eco-friendly, recycled packaging & materials, sustainably made
Best For | Active swimwear & windbreakers
Product Range | Women’s swimwear, travel wear, activewear, sleepwear
Size Range | XS–2X
Price Range | $$–$$$

Summersalt is taking the world by storm. With earth-friendly apparel for women-on-the-go, affordable price points, and sustainable practices, it’s no wonder this apparel line is worn by celebrities and marketed on subway ads and billboards. Best of all, rather than using outdated industry standards, the brand works with over 10,000 women to ensure the best, most flattering fit.

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7. Athleta

Based In | San Francisco, CA
Ethics | B Corp, sustainable materials, inclusive sizing
Best For | Sport-specific activewear
Product Range | Activewear, swimwear, travel wear, tops, bottoms, bras, underwear
Size Range | XS–3X
Price Range | $–$$$

Athleta’s offerings are endless. Whether you’re in search of tights for yoga or turtlenecks for cold-weather training, the company has got you covered. It also has skorts for tennis and bathing suits for swimming, if those activities are more your speed. Seventy-six percent of Athleta’s materials are made with sustainable fibers, and they boast quick-drying, anti-chafing, and water-resistant qualities. Plus, sizing extends to petite, tall, and 1X to 3X. 

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8. Wolven

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | B Corp, sustainable materials, carbon-neutral products, WCA-certified ethical working conditions, gives back
Best For | Patterned/printed athletic wear
Product Range | Adult athletic wear, loungewear, basics
Size Range | XS–XL
Price Range | $$–$$$

For the best in sustainable and thoughtful athletic wear, check out Wolven, an LA-based brand creating clothing from post-consumer recycled plastic. This collection is produced in small batches in either LA or ethical factories in China, and the brand removes a pound of plastic waste from the ocean with every purchase. Shop here for leggings, joggers, and tops for all genders, from fitted silhouettes to crisscross styles.

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9. REI

Based In | Kent, WA
Ethics | Sustainable materials and practices, fair trade options, gives back
Best For | Sport-specific activewear
Product Range | Tops, bottoms, underwear, outerwear
Size Range | XXS–3X
Price Range | $–$$$

Whether you’re climbing, camping, cycling, or hitting the slopes, you can look to REI for both new and used apparel. From insulated jackets to moisture-wicking socks, the retailer is committed to sourcing sustainable materials, like organically grown cotton and cellulosic fibers made from trees. And when you buy a product, you’re supporting other nature lovers as almost 70 percent of the co-op’s annual profits are invested back into the outdoor community through investments in nonprofits and dividends to REI members.

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10. Groceries Apparel

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Made in the USA, organic, natural, & recycled materials, fair wage production
Best For | Cotton and hemp activewear
Product Range | Adult tops, bottoms, sports bras, outerwear
Size Range | XS–XL
Price Range | $$

Groceries Apparel creates comfortable and durable clothing in Los Angeles, CA. The brand monitors every point of production—from seed to skin—which means that your activewear is made in a fair wage environment from the best natural and/or recycled materials. The floral-dyed leggings are a go-to for yoga (and for lounging all afternoon afterward)!

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