Eco-Conscious Active Wear Brands Are So Cool

by Trina Remedios
High performance clothing that helps minimize your carbon footprint—could this be the coolest thing in active wear yet? Appealing to a generation of millenials who are increasingly becoming eco-conscious, America is now witnessing the rise of apparel brands that are using sustainable and non-toxic materials to fashion their threads; yes, they can be recycled, are made ethically, and look pretty neat.

Alternative Apparel: About 65 percent of their threads are created using sustainable fabrics such as cotton or recycled polyester, and their color dyes are low impact and non-toxic. What's more? The brand's manufacturing plants are energy efficient and adhere to strict labor laws—something they take great pride in (and, rightly so!) Alternative Apparel's active wear line for women features a wide range of separates ranging from sweatshirts, tanks, pants, sports bras, to hoodies, jackets, and leggings priced between $40-$92.

Patagonia: Perfect for adventure junkies, the brand uses recycled fabrics—wool, nylon, cotton, polyester—and also fashions its line out of pesticide-free cotton, hemp, un-dyed cashmere, and yulex (made from limestone and guayule rubber). Patagonia adheres to the bluesign system where the company is regularly monitored for 'resource productivity, consumer safety, water emissions, air emissions, and occupational health and safety'. The collection is dominated by apparel suited for outdoor activities so the next time you want to go skiing, snowboarding, hiking, fly fishing, climbing, or surfing, head to Patagonia for some great active wear first. Their tank tops start at $40, so as you can guess, the clothes are a tad pricier. You can check out their entire collection and sporting accessories line here.

 prAna: The unique brand name means 'life force' in Sanskrit and true to their positioning, the line features separates that yogis and yoginis will absolutely love. That said, the fluid, light and breathable fabrics will also appeal to climbers and travelers, too. The collection makes use of sustainable materials such as recycled wool and polyester, and organic cotton and hemp. This brand also follows the bluesign system. The yoga pants are priced upward of $65; have a look at the rest of the line here.

Green Apple Active: Super cute in fresh summer-y colors and prints, this brand's unique method of fashioning clothes from bamboos will pleasantly surprise you. The fabrics are soft on the skin and breathable, and absorb sweat efficiently. They include blends of organic cotton, and together with the bamboo, they make the collection highly biodegradable. Green Apple Active (buy here)  has a stylish and comfortable collection of tops, jackets, pants and sweats priced upward of $30 for a tank top.

Atayne: Made in America (we know to many of you that's important), Atayne uses recycled polyester to fashion their active wear line. The color dyes are certified 'free from chemicals'. If you love to run, bike, hike, or just be active, the brand provides the perfect apparel to allow for a great range of movement. Their collections are tuned to themes like 'Human Rights', 'B The Change', and the 'Environment'. As of now they're only selling tops and Tees which start at $39.99 (check them out).
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