Ethically-Made Athletic Wear 

With approach of the warmer seasons comes a new resolve to stay active. This seasonal transition is the perfect time to renew our commitment to self care, health and wellbeing. Beyond just gearing up for a good workout, athletic wear is becoming more and more a staple of daily wear and we’re always on the search for conscious activewear companies.

Here at The Good Trade, we seek out 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 ten brands are doing their part to provide consumers with high-performance activewear while protecting both people and planet. Let us know your favorites!

1. Alternative Apparel

Based In | Atlanta, GA
Ethics | Eco-friendly, organic, recycled, Fair Labor Certified, Green Business Certified
Best For | Sweatpants and joggers
Product Range | Women's and men’s tops, bottoms, and outerwear
Price Range | $

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

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2. Outdoor Voices

Based In | Austin, TX
Ethics | Recycled materials, thoughtful production
Best For | Women’s crop tops
Product Range | Men & women’s athletic wear
Price Range | $$–$$$

Outdoor Voices make clothes for sweating in—interchangeable layers that play nice in any season or activity. From dog jogs to dodgeball, their pieces span gym-life and life-life without sweating the small stuff. The brand sources textiles with sustainability top of mind, including their sustainably-sourced merino wool and recycled polyester made from water bottles. Outdoor voices takes great care in the selection of their stateside and overseas factory partners, keeping working conditions and ethical practices a forefront priority.

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Based In | Boulder, CO
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 | $

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 cotton undergarments, like socks, underwear, and leggings. 


4. Boody

Based In | Sydney, Australia & San Diego, CA
Ethics | Uses OEKO-TEX Certified bamboo, fair wage production, vegan, eco-friendly packaging
Best For | Organic bamboo activewear
Product Range | Women, men, and baby apparel, women’s activewear
Price Range | $–$$

For the last 8 years, Boody has been revolutionizing the underwear and activewear industry with their use of organic and sustainable bamboo. Grown in China, their bamboo is treated only with water (no pesticides here!), harvested and dehydrated, and then sewn into a soft, buttery yarn that feels simply heavenly against your skin. So whether you’re going for a run, lazing around your home, or bopping between yoga and pilates, their activewear will have you feeling comforted, supported, and sustainable.

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5. Groceries Apparel

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Made in USA, use organic, natural and recycled materials, fair wage production
Best For | Cotton activewear basics
Product Range | Women and men’s tops, bottoms, sports bras and outerwear
Price Range | $$

Groceries Apparel creates comfortable and durable clothing for women and men in Los Angeles, CA. They monitor every point of their production—from seed to skin—which means that your activewear is made in a fair wage environment from the best natural and/or recycled materials. Their vegetable-dyed leggings are a go-to for yoga (and for lounging afterwards!)

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6. Patagonia

Based In | Ventura, CA
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 | $$–$$$

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.

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7. Threads 4 Thought

Based In | New York City, NY
Ethics | Uses sustainable materials, WRAP-certified fair production, gives back
Best For | Athleisure essentials
Product Range | Men & women’s athletic wear, basics
Price Range | $$

Since 2006, Threads 4 Thought has been creating clothing with the idea that as consumers, we vote with our dollars for a better world. Starting with sustainable fabrics like organic cotton, recycled polyester, and lenzing modal, they construct their garments in a WRAP-certified factory that recycles 80% of its wastewater. Plus, they partner with the International Rescue Committee to help provide a better life for those living as refugees. We love the variety of simple workout basics for men and women and Threads 4 Thought’s all-around dedication to people and planet.

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8. Satva

Based In | New York, NY
Ethics | Uses GOTS certified, non-GMO organic cotton, and nontoxic plant-based dyes, gives back
Best For | Organic cotton active tees for women and children
Product Range | Women’s and children’s tops and bottoms, outerwear, sports bras
Price Range | $$

If you’re looking for the perfect organic cotton athleisure getup, look no further than Satva. Made sustainably and ethically from natural, non-GMO cotton or recycled materials, their printed leggings and super soft tees are perfect for yoga, hiking, and running. Plus, they make organic cotton post-workout sweaters and outerwear so you can get cozy during your cool down.

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Based In | New York, NY & Europe
Ethics | Ethical production partners, use sustainable, natural, skin-safe materials, seek local production when possible
Best For | Non-synthetic yoga wear
Product Range | Sports bras, leggings, tops, underwear
Price Range | $$$

VYAYAMA was founded on the belief that mindfulness should inspire quality, beauty and style for modern living, and their all-natural yoga wear is proof. Instead of synthetic materials, VYAYAMA uses renewable and eco-friendly natural fibers that are breathable, comfortable and supportive. Plus, they’re European OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certified, which means that their materials are 100% safe for the wearer’s skin.


10. Yoga Democracy

Based In | Cave Creek, AZ
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 | $$

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.

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