Five affordable, ethical activewear and athleisure brands. Athleisure. What a great word! It’s everything I want to be, athletic and leisurely. I’m casually strolling down the street wearing my athletic gear. Maybe I’m on my way to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Maybe I’m on my way to grab a Starbucks and walk aimlessly around Target. You’ll never know because for both occasions, I am wearing athleisure wear.
Finding affordable activewear can be challenging. Finding affordable and ethical activewear can be even more of a challenge. So I went on a hunt and found these five affordable and ethical activewear brands. I am also including a couple more expensive brands (but still ethical) at then end just in case you feel like splurging 🙂 !
Sundried is truly athletic wear. They have men’s and women’s apparel and accessories for running, cycling, triathlon, yoga, and the gym. Sundried believes in affordable and sustainable activewear with transparent production practices and values the well-being of their staff while encouraging an active lifestyle.
They offer several different style options in both the leggings and sports bras. The leggings come in your standard colors but have some cute detailing. They have a sportier vibe going on like you are going to do some serious working out in these leggings 🙂 !
Sundried has the most affordable prices ranging from $24-78 for women’s leggings and $24-39 for bras.
Pact Organic Women’s Navy Heather Pocket Legging [More]
Pact Apparel is a “sustainable fashion for all” clothing company that promises the softest organic cotton material and Fair Trade Certified factories. There is a wide variety of clothing on their site including women’s clothing, maternity, men’s clothing, baby, kids, and even bedding and bath products.
They have three different legging options with cute color and pattern options as well as your classic black and grey basics. They have two sports bra styles that also come in several different colors with one pattern print option.
Pact’s women’s activewear had some of the best prices I found ranging from $29-45 for leggings and $25 for bras.
People Tree is the first-ever Fair Trade Certified clothing company. There is a ton of information on their “Our Story” page about their company’s values from the fabrics they use, the handmade skills used to make their products, and what charities they work with. Other than athletic wear they offer a wide range of women’s clothing from coats to underwear.
People Tree has your classic legging and workout bra but they also offer some matching sets too!
People Tree’s leggings range from $35-71 and sports bras from $29-39.
Everlane has recently launched their first activewear piece, The Perform Legging. I have talked about Everlane in a previous post, so if you would like to learn a bit more about them, I will link that post here.
The perform legging comes in four color options and two different lengths, ankle and regular. The perform legging is made out of 58% recycled nylon and comes in sizes ranging from xxs-xxl.
The price of the perform legging is $58.
I think everyone has been seeing Girlfriend Collective activewear lately! And for good reason, they are a women’s activewear only website producing really cute products made out of recycled plastic in certified ethical factories. They value transparency (there is also a ton of info about their sustainability and factories on their site) as well as inclusivity. You go girlfriend (okay, I can’t pull that off)!
Girlfriend Collective offers four legging styles including maternity as well as four bra styles. They have the best color and set options in my opinion. They have all of your essential colors as well as a lot of fun limited edition colors!
Girlfriend Collective leggings range from $68-88 and their bras range from $38-48.
Activewear Brands to Splurge On
Yoga Democracy has the most stylish and creative activewear I have ever seen! No plain basics here, but a TON of super fun, bold prints and matching sets. I mean they have BELLBOTTOM leggings!!
Their pieces are made from recycled polyester and/or nylon and sourced from a supplier in Italy. They also operate out of my home state, Arizona!
While not super unaffordable compared to some of the last brands I mentioned, their prices run from $74.99-89.99 for leggings and $39-59.99 for tops.
Organic Yoga Company
Organic Yoga Company ( a sister brand of Vege Threads) is an Australian clothing company manufacturing women’s and some men’s clothing locally in Australia. They are accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia and are a member of 1% for the Planet where a percentage of their profits are donated to environmental causes.
They have one legging option (with a tall size available) that comes in five colors. There are two styles of bras that come in the same five colors so you can wear as a set or mix and match. These sets look really cute and comfortable. I love the color selection they offer, they are more earthy toned colors.
The leggings are $90 and the bras are $85. I am not sure why there is such a small price difference between the legging and the bras.
Nube is a USA made activewear company combining sustainability and artistry. Their pieces are made from recycled plastic and they partner with different artists to create prints inspired by sustainability. They have a bio about the artist and a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of designing the print.
Nube has one style legging and bra (a crop tank) but several different print options. I honestly love all the designs and colors they used, it would be so hard to pick just one!
The legging is $95 and the crop tank is $45.
Other Ethical Options
Whatever your price point, there is always an ethical alternative. Even if that means heading to your local thrift store or scrolling through Thread Up to find some awesome athleisure/activewear pieces!
REI can also be a helpful resource for athleticwear shopping. They do have some affordable options but shopping their clearance for good deals or waiting for a sale is a great alternative. They have some awesome filters you can utilize on their website while shopping to filter fabric type or sustainability. You can filter only Fair Trade Certified clothes, clothes made from recycled materials, etc.