Just a couple of days ago it was Earth Day. It gave me the perfect opportunity to think about my fashion choices and how these impact the earth and the people who make the clothes that I wear. There is a misconception that shopping ethically has to be expensive but that just isn’t true. There are ethically made fashion choices ranging from budget to designer. we have more ethical options available now than at any other point in history. as consumers we hold great power. Our buying choices can impact how big brands source and manufacture their clothes and we should use those choices to affect change.
Choices range from shopping on resale sites like Ebay, charity shops and ethical brands. In this post I am going to profile some of my favourite ethical sportswear brands and hopefully they’ll be something here for a multitude of budgets.
Fast fashion has some terrible effects on the environment: 1.2 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year are created from mass production of clothing and of course a lot of the waste ends up in our rivers and oceans.
So who’d like to support and buy from ethical sportswear brands? To save you the hassle of hunting down ethical brands, I’ve created a list of ethical sportswear brands. Read on to see which brands you should be giving youur money too.
Mamoq sells some pretty awesome activewear. They pledge to pay fair fair living wages, provide safe working conditions and promise a child-free workforce. All brands they sell must adhere to this. On top of this all products are made from upcycled or recycled materials, are eco-friendly, made in Europe and are organic and vegan.
Manduka produce yoga mats and leggings. All items are created with the effect on the environment in mind. Their yoga mats are made from biodegradable natural tree rubber with the activewear made from recycled polyester or organic cotton.
this one is a bit different. Naja’s activewear is made by single mothers or female wage earners, wonderfully they pay above market wages and also give these women healthcare and the option of flexible working. They also create them in a way that reduces water consumption.
A socially and environmentally responsible activewear brand. Fabrics are sourced from non-toxic materials and they make the clothing in Lithuania, where they provide fair working conditions and ensure fair pay.
Dharma Bums’ collections are wide ranging and extensive. You’ll discover a range of activewear in varied lengths, styles, and sizes. All pieces are made from recycled and sustainably sourced fabrics.
Let me know which ethical sportswear brand is your favourite in the comments.