6 Environmentally Supportive Fitness Brands

There are a lot of fitness brands on the market that are shaking up the industry with new designs, technical fabrics, and fun colors and patterns. But some of them are taking it a step further. There is a growing trend of activewear brands making a statement beyond just clothing and seeking to make a positive change in the world by committing themselves to sustainable production methods, environmentally friendly company policies and community partnerships.

We know too well that activewear can get pricey, but after discovering some of the progressive steps these brands are taking to improve the environment and make smart choices for the planet and people living here, you might just have one more incentive feel good about your shopping choices.


This company is sweatshop-free and committed to fair-trade facilities. It’s among a growing group of designers and manufacturers that are addressing environmental and other workplace concerns through thoughtful company policies.

Beyond Yoga

This well-known company utilizes its company policies to make changes that help the environment. It encourages employees to carpool, and the offices are mostly stocked with fully recycled office supplies.


Prana made a name for itself through various partnerships with environmental initiatives, though it also uses organic and recycled materials to create fabrics. The company’s sustainability practices stem from care for the materials used, compassion for its workers and commitment to improving the process for manufacturing its line.


This start-up passes on the environmentally friendly benefits to customers through the creation of a program where used workout gear can be recycled in exchange for discounts on its clothing. Definitely a creative way to inspire a shift in the consumer’s way of thinking!

Alternative Apparel

This brand upholds strict factory conditions and work requirements that benefit workers and support environmental initiatives. It only uses sustainably sourced materials and is constantly seeking to improve its practices.


Profits from their sales are reinvested in social programs like education and factory clinic improvements. Each legging comes with the story of a garment worker, connecting producer and consumer and the sizes range from XS-XXL.

Amy Hillock is a freelance writer and an executive producer at production company ASSEMBLY9 in New York City. She enjoys leading workplace wellness yoga in offices around Manhattan through YogaWithAim, and spending recklessly on travel plans, green juice and new Nikes. Follow her (mostly) healthy pursuits on Instagram and Twitter.

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