Get in Shape with Eco-Friendly Athletic Apparel

By Brooke Drake, September 12, 2016, Family, Green

Looking to kick-start your exercise regimen this fall? A great way to motivate yourself to get in shape is to purchase some new gear. However, before you make your next purchase, take a moment to think about where your workout clothes comes from. Between unethical manufacturing practices to environmentally unfriendly materials, many consumers don’t think about the source of their active wear.

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But before your next purchase, consider environmentally conscious options. Check out this list of four top eco-friendly athletic apparel companies – from yoga mats to outfits and even down to your socks!

Alternative Apparel

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This company provides a great line of eco-friendly clothing for both men and women that is 100% organic, including pants, t-shirts, tank-tops, and yoga gear. They use recycled materials as well as non-toxic and low-impact dyes to make their clothing. The also employ fair labor factories in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic to manufacture the clothing.

prAna

Shop for active wear for both men and women such as yoga pants, running shorts, tops, and long-sleeved jackets. The company also creates a line of casual wear that includes shirts, dresses, shorts, and pants – all with various unique styles and designs. The clothing is made from sustainable sources like organic cotton, hemp, recycled wool, and recycled polyester. Behind the scenes, they strive to ensure their workers are treated fairly and that their manufacturing processes are eco-friendly as well.

Manduka

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Looking for a highly-rated yoga mat that has a firm grip and complete support, while being eco-friendly? This company offers a variety of mats, all free of toxic chemicals, dyes, and phthalates, and they’re made from sources like high-quality PVC and biodegradable natural tree rubber. Though the company started with yoga mats, it has expanded to eco-friendly towels, bags, and apparel as well as other accessories.

Teko 

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When it comes to athletic gear, tops and bottoms seem to get the most attention. This leaves socks at the bottom (no pun intended) of the of clothing chain. Except when it comes to the folks at Teko. This innovative company put socks in the spotlight by designing eco-performance socks made from recycled polyester (using plastic bottles) and recycled polyamide (using recycled industrial fishing nets). They offer a wide variety of socks for men, women and children ranging from casual socks to socks for skiing, hiking, running, and cycling.

Do you have any recommendations for eco-friendly and green athletic gear? Share with us in the comments!

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