Staff Guide | January 2017
Ethically Made Athletic Wear
With the new year comes a new resolve to stay active. It's the perfect time to renew our commitment to self care, health and wellbeing. Beyond just a good workout, athletic wear is becoming more and more a staple of daily wear and it's more important than ever to find conscious active wear companies. Here at The Good Trade, we're always on the lookout for ethical fashion companies that employ responsible labor standards and environmental practices. With fair-trade and ethical labor practices, natural and recycled fabrics, USA made and limited and conscious production, these 13 brands are doing their part to provide consumers with high performance activewear while protecting both people and planet. Let us know your favorites!
This guide is sponsored by ShareHope, a non-profit activewear brand transforming the Haitian garment industry by helping to provide employment for garment workers who create the perfect legging for women of all sizes. All profits are reinvested into health education for garment workers, high school completion, factory clinic improvement, and programs for deaf and hard of hearing workers.
Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Eco-Friendly, Organic, Recycled, Fair Labor-Certified, Green Business-Certified
Best For | Men’s & Women’s Sweatpants and Joggers
Product Range | Women and Men’s Tops, Bottoms, and Outerwear
Price Range | $24 (T-Shirt) - $110 (Coat)
For over 20 years, Alternative Apparel has believed in keeping clothes soft and sustainable. Their mission is to create that retro look and vintage feel, complemented with a commitment to the environment and ethical labor practices. Made for both men and women, their activewear looks have been featured in GQ and InStyle - their pieces will be a staple in your closet, whether you’re going to the gym, heading to class, or meeting up with friends
Based In | Ventura, CA, USA
Ethics | B-Corp, Eco-Friendly, Give Back, Organic, Fair Trade
Best For | Sport-Specific Activewear
Product Range | Men, Women, and Kids Activewear (Bodysuits, Outerwear, Yogawear, Fleeces)
Price Range |$20 (Socks) - $899 (Men’s Parka)
Patagonia is a B-Corp committed to the triple bottom line: profit, people, and planet. Their mission incorporates building the best products for those who love the great outdoors while also supporting the environment in the process. Patagonia is an athlete’s paradise - no matter what you need to get and stay fit and active, trust us, they got your back.
Based In | Haiti
Ethics | Fair Wages, Sustainable Production
Best For | Women’s Leggings
Product Range | Women’s Activewear
Price Range | $55 (Leggings)
We jump for joy when we find ethically made products with inclusive sizing. ShareHope’s 4-way stretch leggings range from XS-XXL and the brand will be introducing an XXXL size within a few months. The high waist and gentle compression make these pants comfortable and supportive for all body types. Not only are the garments made by garment workers who were paid a fair wage, but all profits 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.
Based In | Chicago, IL, USA
Ethics | USA-Made, Organic, Fair Trade, Eco Friendly, Give Back
Best For | Jackets
Product Range | Women & Men’s Tops and Jackets
Price Range | $70 (Women’s Top) - $190 (Men’s Track Jacket)
Fibre Athletics prides themselves on providing performance wear with integrity: their products are made in the US, organic, and eco-friendly. Plus, they use body safe, biodegradable technology that wicks away sweat and dries fabric quickly so you can break your cardio PR without a worry. They are committed to sustainably in their supply chain and labor practices, and they give back 1% to a variety of organizations for each purchase.
Based In | Berkeley, CA, USA
Ethics | Organic, Fair-Trade, GOTS-Certified
Best For | Men & Women’s Basics
Product Range | Men & Women’s Yoga, Underwear, Tops, Socks, and Bottoms
Price Range | $13 (Socks) - $55 (Hoodie)
PACT imagines a world without toxic chemicals or sweatshop/child labor - just the kind of world we want to live in, too. Their basics are made with organic, Fair-Trade cotton, hoping to change the garment industry for good. With neutral colors and affordable prices, PACT is the perfect place to stock up on all your undergarments, like socks, underwear, and leggings.
Shift To Nature
Based In | Australia
Ethics | Eco-Friendly, Organic, Recycled, Fair Trade, GOTS-Certified
Best For | Alternative Fibers/Fabrics (Bamboo, Hemp, etc.)
Product Range | Women, Men, and Kids’ Activewear, Sleepwear, Accessories
Price Range | $22 (Bamboo Cami) - $129 (Merino Wool Track Jacket)
Shift To Nature is the ideal social enterprise: they create their products sustainably, pay fair wages, and hold themselves accountable for safe working conditions. With hundreds of designs and styles for women, men, and children, you can find all your Australian-based eco-athleisure wear in this one-stop shop. We love their use of alternative fibers and fabrics, taking sustainability and being eco-friendly one step further.
Based In | Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Ethics | Fair Trade, Give Back, Organic
Best For | Women’s Yoga Wear
Product Range | Women’s Dresses, Tops, Bottoms, Outerwear, Yoga Wear
Price Range | $20 (Sports Bra) - $55 (Yoga Leggings)
Husband and wife duo Kate Fisher and Henry Schwab have been committed to giving back for decades, and have the professional experience to prove it! Their line of women’s organic athletic wear, Synergy, aims to provide Fair-Trade wages to those who make it, safe working conditions for those who grow it, and empowerment to those who wear it. While they offer everything from skirts to outerwear, their colorful yoga and athletic wear is sure to be a staple in your exercise routine.
Based In | Melbourne, Australia
Ethics | 100% Recycled, AUS-Made, Eco-Friendly
Best For | Athletic Wear for Kids & Teens (Boys & Girls)
Product Range | Kids, Teens, and Women’s Swimwear and Athletic Wear
Price Range | $75 (Kids’ One Piece) - $140 (Women’s Leggings)
Tanya Evans and Ellie Evans began Elle Evans Swimwear in Australia in order to bring sustainability to the forefront of swimwear. Their pieces are made with Econyl, and their supply chain focuses on reducing their water and plastic waste. We love their gorgeous swimwear that is suitable for any body type - go for a dive in the ocean or in your gym’s pool and feel fashionable and sustainable along the way.
Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Organic, Recycled, USA-Made, Give Back, Eco-Friendly
Best For | Women’s Wraps & Cowl-Necks
Product Range | Women’s Sports Bras, Capri Pants, Hoodies/Track Jackets, Basic Tops and Bottoms
Price Range | $20 (T-Shirt) - $80 (Hoodie)
In 2010, Eric and Anastasia Clarke began LVR after wanting to create athletic wear that was organic and comfortable, and today the company continues to make their products all in Los Angeles, CA. Whether you’re lounging on a lazy Sunday, or hitting the elliptical, LVR is sure to have whatever you need. Their various women’s wear are all earth-friendly, and they have a give back program to support wildlife and animals as well - they truly are warriors and ambassadors for the planet.
Based In | Portland, OR, USA
Ethics | Give Back, Organic, Sustainable Fibers
Best For | Jackets, Hoodies, and Coats
Product Range | Men & Women’s Outerwear, Bottoms, Tops
Price Range | $25 (T-Shirt) - $545 (Men’s Coat)
Using a blend of different sustainable and organic fibers, Nau believes that our clothing can be made better both aesthetically and functionally. Their line of men and women’s clothes, including outerwear and exercise pieces, is beautifully made in gorgeous staple colors. Plus, they give a portion of their proceeds with each purchase - form, function, and impact.
Based In | Los Angeles, CA, USA
Ethics | Eco-Friendly, Recycled Fibers, USA-Made
Best For | Vintage Styles
Product Range | Men, Women, & Children’s Yoga Bottoms
Price Range | $22 (Tops) - $111 (Women’s Yoga Bottoms)
Alarmed by how much plastic is wasted and thrown into landfills, Teeki believes in repurposing that plastic into fibers for their athletic wear. Every pound of Teeki product conserves the equivalent of half a gallon of gasoline! Their styles are perfect for the dancer or yoga lover who prefers the vintage look in light, fun colors. Currently, Teeki is also involved in activism to support those at Standing Rock - we so admire companies that practice what they preach.
Based In | Cave Creek, AZ, USA
Ethics | USA-Made, Eco-Friendly, Recycled Fibers, Fair Wages
Best For | Vibrant Yoga Wear
Product Range | Women’s Yoga Leggings, Sports Bras, Shorts
Price Range | $40 (Sports Bra) - $90 (Leggings)
Yoga Democracy started in 2015 in Cave Creek, Arizona, as a response to the lack of sustainable athletic wear. Almost all of their products are made start to finish in their Arizona workshop, helping to keep their carbon footprint low and water waste to a minimum. Ranging from patriotic to leopard print, their bold, colorful patterns are sure to turn heads no matter where you are. You’ll feel confident and comfortable in their breathable, smooth, and form-fitting yoga wear.
Based In | Australia
Ethics | Fair Trade, Organic, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Bamboo, Give Back
Best For | Men & Women’s Basics
Product Range | Men & Women’s Tee’s/T-Shirts, Underwear, and Sweatshirts/Hoodies
Price Range | $20 (Tees) - $110 (Sweatshirt)
Founded by designer and yoga instructor Jason Pachol, Just Be encourages a low-stress lifestyle with comfortable, sustainable clothing. After finding how many athletic brands utilized sweatshops for labor, Jason was committed to the Fair-Trade movement, while also giving back to organizations like Cambodian Children’s Fund and the WA Bushfire Appeal. We love their neutral tops with yoga mantras - perfect for a day at the gym or brunch with friends afterwards.