A Guide to Ethical Activewear

A Guide to Ethical Activewear | Curiously Conscious

A Guide to Ethical Activewear | Curiously Conscious
A Guide to Ethical Activewear | Curiously Conscious

A Guide to Ethical Activewear | Curiously Conscious

Ethical fashion is often hard to find, so looking for ethical activewear can be even harder. Especially when only 1% of all fashion is ethical!

Since chatting with Zara Williams, Founder of the Who Made My Activewear? Festival, I’ve wanted to share my discoveries in ethical activewear – and give you a few options to try too.

Just as ethical shoes are harder to find than ethical t-shirts, activewear can prove to be tricky. Clothing needs to be light, wick away sweat, and stretch in the right places. And when sustainable materials are few and far between (organic cotton, linen, possibly bamboo…) that makes things quite difficult.

My ethical activewear favourites

When it comes to being active, I’m not going to lie: I could definitely do more. I love to practice yoga at home, and I try to cycle around London as much as possible. Two years ago, I had a brief period where I loved running, and in the near future, I’m going to try out hot yoga and take up swimming again.

That being said, I’ve always had something to wear. My best picks when it comes to activewear are my Starseeds asymmetric top and my Asquith leggings. Both are principally composed of organic cotton: the top has a small amount of Lycra to keep lightweight but skin-tight, and the leggings are blended with bamboo and elastane to really stretch well.

I’m yet to need a new sports bra (having two that I purchased a few years ago) but if you have any personal recommendations, I’d love to keep them in mind!

Ethical Activewear Brands in the UK

Aside from what’s in my wardrobe, there are a good few brands working hard to provide ethical clothing for many different active lifestyles. From athleisure to hiking, yoga clothes to cycling gear, here are the UK-based brands that have caught my eye:

Adrenna: Colour blocking activewear made using zero-waste production methods

Asquith: Affordable organic clothing made in sweatshop-free conditions

BAM: Bamboo athletic wear that truly does last – and feels great too!

Bella Kinesis: Stand out gym wear that supports women’s education in India

Go As U R: Natural, recycled or regenerated fibre activewear donating % to charity empowering girls and women

GRN Sportswear: Cycling gear made from recycled fabrics

Howies: Outdoor sportswear using organic fabrics and designed to last longer

Jilla Activewear: Bamboo sportswear in natural colour tones

Luna & Soul Active: Minimalist designs using environmentally-friendly dyes, fabric and materials

Patagonia: Athleisure and outdoor jackets promoting slow consumption and love for the environment

People Tree: Activewear essentials from the mother of ethical fashion

Ruby Moon: Gym-to-swim fitness-wear supporting women’s groups – use code BesmaCC for 5% off

Silou London: Form-fitting, pastel-shaded activewear using non-toxic fabrics + made in Europe

Sports Philosophy: Socially-focused activewear with bold colours and designs

Starseeds: A wide range of activewear styles made with slow fashion principles throughout

Sundried: Sportswear brand promoting positive working environments and eco-friendly materials

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  1. February 17, 2019 / 4:06 pm

    This was just what I’d been looking for! Bought some lovely new yoga kit from BAM. Thank you x

    • besma
      February 18, 2019 / 10:01 pm

      I’m glad I could help Amy! I bought my boyfriend a pair of yoga pants from them two years ago and they’re still going strong! x

  2. November 20, 2018 / 9:47 am

    Amazing! Just what I needed – thanks for the list will be checking them out now!

    • besma
      November 21, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      My pleasure Molina!

  3. July 21, 2018 / 11:54 am

    Great list! I especially will look into Asquith as I prefer organic and natural materials, but those that won’t overstretch from use. Thanks!

    • besma
      July 21, 2018 / 8:58 pm

      Thank you! I love their yoga pants, had my pair for 6+ months now and they’re as good as new! x

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