Why Sustainable Activewear Is Better Activewear

by: Lucy Jones | 5 months ago | Features

Patagonia's organic cotton t-shirts are our fave thing to work out (and veg out) in. 

'Make the switch to sustainable activewear' is on our list of New Year's resolutions, right under 'exercise more'. While we probably won't end up doing the latter (let's be honest), we can at least reduce our environmental impact on nature while we're exercising in nature. And so can you! Simply stop purchasing conventional activewear and start investing in sustainable activewear.

Most traditional activewear is made from non-biodegradable virgin polyester. This material is partly derived from petroleum, is resource-intensive and takes up to 200 years to breakdown in landfill. Our sustainable activewear on the other hand is made from environmentally friendly materials like recycled polyester and organic cotton. Recycled polyester is made from discarded fishing nets, water bottles and other plastic waste. This material recovers rubbish from landfill and helps to reduce the textile industry's carbon footprint.

"Using recycled polyester lessens our dependence on petroleum as a source of raw materials," Patagonia explains. "It curbs discards, thereby prolonging landfill life and reducing toxic emissions from incinerators. It helps to promote new recycling streams for polyester clothing that is no longer wearable. And it causes less air, water and soil contamination compared to using non-recycled polyester."

Patagonia and Mister Timbuktu make activewear staples like leggings, sports bras and windbreakers out of waste. The reason behind this is very simple: these brands believe that the things we wear in the natural environment should have as little impact on that environment as possible.

"All businesses and consumers should be making changes to ensure they are not creating unnecessary impact on people or planet, in whatever way they can," Mister Timbuktu Founder Rhianna Knight explains.

"However this is particularly true for outdoor brands. Activewear is worn in beautiful yet fragile environments, so it shouldn't damage [those environments] in the process."

The geniuses over at Nagnata have figured out how to make supportive and flexible activewear using knitted organic cotton. This technical knitwear has earned Nagnata a (very well deserved) name as one of the world’s most advanced sustainable activewear brands. It also looks beautiful and, even more importantly, holds all our wobbly bits firmly in place when we're working out. 

Like these brands, we also believe our activewear shouldn’t cause any unnecessary harm to the natural world that we jog (and nap) in. Our New Year's resolution to excercise more might not be that achieveable but switching to sustinable activewear certainly is. That’s why we will be investing in some sustainable pieces for all our upcoming half marathons and Netflix marathons. These are the sustainable activewear sets (because we hate it when our activewear doesn’t match) that we’ve got our eyes on:

Patagonia’s recycled polyester sports bra and leggings in blue:

Nagnata’s knitted organic cotton bralet in lilac and black and their classic black bike shorts:

And Mister Timbuktu’s speckled blue crop top and leggings (which are made from recycled plastic!):

Shop our full range of sustainable activewear here.

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