Ethical Fitness Trends
From athletic wear made of recycled bottles to fitness gear from coffee grounds (yes, coffee grounds), for 2020 there are some great sustainable options to wear to the gym (or to your coffee date).
Patagonia has been recognized for a long time as one of the best in the recycled and ethical clothing world.
Brands such as Adidas paired with Parley are now joining in this beneficial trend, using upcycled plastic waste from the ocean. Pact, Alternative Apparel, Manuka, and Columbia all report using sustainable materials such as recycled polyester, recycled plastic bottles, and other reused materials. It's not all the muted tones you might assume, either.
Chisportate yoga leggings are made of over 80% recycled materials, and feature vibrant prints and colors, all for under $20.
This Pact sports bra is of organic cotton, making it environmentally-friendly and is made without the use of sweatshops.
And now, for the legendary coffee bean clothing. This cute top is made of 100% coffee grounds by the brand Sundried. You can get some of their older pieces on Amazon for $3 to $15. This flowy grey tee made from coffee is $3 on Amazon. You guys, I PAID 3 DOLLARS.
These Adidas shorts are mostly made of recycled polyester, plus they have several colors and prints, all for under $26.
While these compression leggings are not made of recycled materials, they ARE made ethically In the US. NEVA Wear Ethical Compression Leggings are super comfy, sleek and colorful.
Now you're set to head to the studio or just out and about in comfortable, stylish athleisure and fitness clothing that you cannot feel guilty about buying. My other advice for shopping ethically is purchasing fitness wear from Poshmark or ThredUp, two websites with tons of great secondhand pieces from tons of fitness brands. Instead of dropping $100 on new lululemon, try $20 on gently used lululemon that looks almost new: it's better for the world and your wallet!