Our Toughest Workouts Are Low Impact

by: Rosie Dalton | 4 months ago | Features

Image: low impact activewear by Nagnata.

If we’re going to work out, then we love getting out in nature while we sweat. Lush parks and woody trails make a better backdrop than the treadmills of our local gym. But when working out in nature, we like to be mindful of our planetary impact. 

Conventional activewear has a significant environmental impact. Traditionally, activewear is made from non-biodegradable virgin polyester. It’s derived from petroleum, is resource-intensive and takes up to 200 years to break down. Which is why we’re prioritising sustainable alternatives.

Enter low impact activewear – made from fibres like organic cotton and recycled PET. "Using recycled polyester lessens our dependence on petroleum," Patagonia says. "It curbs discards, thereby prolonging landfill life and reducing toxic emissions... it causes less air, water and soil contamination.”

Unlike conventional activewear, recycled PET alternatives – which are made from plastic waste like fishing nets and water bottles – reduce impact. These products help recover rubbish from landfill and reduce the industry's carbon footprint.

"All businesses and consumers should be making changes to ensure they are not creating unnecessary impact explains Team Timbuktu founder Rhianna Knight. “This is particularly true for outdoor brands. Activewear is worn in beautiful yet fragile environments, so it shouldn't damage [those environments]."

Another way to reduce impact on the environments we jog in is to choose sustainable natural fabrics. Like Organic Yoga Company styles, which are fairly- and locally-made from certified organic cotton. Kind on the Earth, these pieces feel soft and breathe well.

Nagnata also specialises in sustainable activewear made from organic cotton (which is grown without pesticides) and Merino wool (which is breathable, moisture-wicking and temperature-regulating) on zero waste knitting machines. The brand’s sleek activewear is knitted on innovative machines that minimise waste in production and boost flexibility in the finished product.

Our sustainable activewear brands are working it out so we can work out with ease, basically. So we’re investing in low impact activewear for our upcoming marathons (and Netflix marathons).

Our favourite Nagnata pieces:

Our favourite Organic Yoga Company pieces:

Our favourite Team Timbuktu pieces:

And these sustainable Patagonia tees, for good measure: 

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