There’s never been a better time to switch up your workout routine and set some new intentions than a little forced isolation. This pandemic is the perfect time to renew our goals of self-care and wellbeing, plus it’s never been a more important time to stay healthy.

If one thing is going to ramp up our motivation it’s looking great while working out (look great, feel great right?!) but with all the brands out there, how can you be sure you’re choosing an ethical activewear brand, and what about affordability?

Traditionally activewear is made by big brand labels, using synthetic fibres and toxic chemical dyes, so with ethical activewear you want to look for sustainable production techniques like natural dyes, fair pay factories, local production and recyclable packaging along with recycled and sustainable fabrics like recycled plastic bottles, fishing nets, bamboo and non-GMO organic cotton. We’ve pulled together some of our favourite ethical activewear brands, which won’t break the bank, to get your started.

And if all else fails, you can always wear them on your daily takeaway coffee run.


Girlfriend Collective

Eco-friendly activewear brand Girlfriend Collective believe in ethical manufacturing and recycled materials, producing their collections from old water bottles and fishing nets.

Each pair of Compressive leggings starts with 25 recycled post-consumer water bottles. Girlfriend Collective leggings are certified safe by Oeko-Tex and guaranteed recycled, so you’re free to get sweaty without feeling the sweat of creating waste.

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Boody is an Australian sustainable clothing brand that makes everyday basics and activewear using bamboo. Boody doesn’t believe in an ‘eco’ category but that there should only be an ‘eco’ category. Bamboo is proven to be naturally eco-friendly, a dream to wear, resilient, superbly soft and healthy for even the most sensitive skin.

Everything Boody make is certified cruelty-free and comes from ethical supply chains, supporting many initiatives and commiting 1% of all their online revenue to the planet.


Dharma Bums

Australian label Dharma Bums produces high-performance yoga and activewear that is also ethical, keeping your karma clean.

Dharma Bums is committed to ethical supply chains, working with small Australian factories and China which are BSCI accredited. Their products are made from sustainable and recycled fabrics like recycled nylon, organic cottons and sustainable bamboo, using eco-friendly dying techniques.


Nimble Activewear

Founded by high-school BBF’s Katia and Vera, Nimble Activewear use signature COMPRESSLITE™ and MOVELITE fabrics which are made from post-consumer use recycled plastic bottles. Their production all happens in ethical working conditions, within an 80km radius of Taiwan, and orders are sent out in poly bags, which are industrially compostable, helping to reduce wastage, packaging and transport.



PACT is the leading brand in Sustainable and Ethical Fashion, who us only Organic Fabrics and Fair Trade Factories to design stylish essential clothing which is also good for the planet. Their super soft everyday apparel is made using non-GMO organic cotton, which uses 91% less water than other fabrics, using non-toxic dyes in a transparent supply chain that improves the lives of farmers and workers.



British brand Asquith was founded in 2002 by Alice Asquith, combining her love of fabrics and design with two other passions: yoga and Pilates.

All of Asquith’s clothing is produced in a female owned, GOTS certified factory using FSC certified bamboo and Bambor®, a trademarked performance fabric (a blend of bamboo, organic cotton and a small amount of Elasthane). All of Asquith’s packaging is made from recycled paper and degradable plastic, PVC free polybags with shipping by sea or road to reduce their carbon footprint.


What do you love to workout in? What do your favourite workouts? If you’re feeling a little more lazy, check out our Sustainable Loungewear post HERE