Luxury Activewear: Ethical Upgrades to Your Gym Wardrobe
Whether you’re a dedicated yoga bunny, a weekend runner or can only just make it through a spin class without collapsing, having the right kit can make all the difference.
The number of activewear brands are on the rise and increasingly pack an environmental or ethical punch into their designs. Here’s our edit of the label that are doing good, while helping you look your best too.
ShareHope sportswear is made in Haiti, an island ravaged by natural disasters and poverty. The philanthropic brand wants to change the narrative around the country: staff are offered fair wages, education programmes, access to quality health care, and encouragement to pursue their own personal goals.
The quality of its leggings speak for themselves too with plenty of practical details packed in. A back pocket to comfortably secure your smartphone during runs, high-cut waists to keep you supported, and double-layer fabric to stop any possible VPL.
A newcomer to Positive Luxury’s community of #brandstotrust, No Ka’Oi makes ultra-chic sportswear and specialises in high-performance yoga kit. Our top pick is its bright colour-blocked yoga leggings – they feature grippy, textured panels on the knees to help keep you in place as you work through your positions.
Cute feminine details, such as ruffles and sequins, make for outfits that can be worn from the studio to your post-workout brunch with ease.
Sundried makes running and workout gear in European factories using an unexpected source for its 100% recycled, high-performance material: coffee.
Yarn produced from coffee grounds is, believe it or not, ideal for sportswear. It’s fast-drying, sweat-wicking, and antibacterial, and can be spun into a soft, stretchy material. For intense workouts, we like the simple cut and mesh detailing on their Breithorn sports bra.
Top Tips for Taking Care of Your Kit
Now you’ve picked out your new gymwear, you’ll want to keep it in shape as well. Here are our top three tips;
1 – Try a dedicated laundry liquid with antibacterial properties, like EcoZone, to keep your gear in shape for longer.
2 – When it comes to stretchy items, avoid fabric softener and high temperatures – both can degrade Lycra over time.
3 – Naturally air dry your workout clothes rather than tumbling, to both cut down on heat and allow fresh air to flow through the fibres.
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