Top Eco-Friendly and Fair Trade Athletic Apparel
We all move in different ways, and for different reasons! Some of us are making New Years resolutions while others of us are long-time athletes. Perhaps you’re getting ready for swimsuit season, or training for a marathon. No matter why you’re working out, you’ll obviously need the right gear, the right workout clothes. That’s why we’ve created this list of the top eco-friendly and fair trade athletic apparel. The tops, bottoms and jackets on this list will keep you comfortable and active while you strive to reach your goals. Plus, they’re friendly to the earth and crafted responsibly by workers who are paid a fair wage.
Shop the list with confidence and choose a few items you love. Here’s our list of the top eco friendly women’s training and workout apparel.
Type of Women’s Workout Apparel | Shell Jacket
Eco-Friendly Jacket Benefits | Fair Trade, Designed in the USA
Jacket Material | Polyester/Spandex Blend
Favorite Activity | Skiing, Hiking, Hanging Out
Jacket Price | $110
Whether you’re headed out to hike the local trails or just running a few errands, this Vuori Women’s Outdoor Trainer Shell is a must-have. Super soft fabric hugs your body, blocking the elements and keeping you cozy. A fun black camouflage pattern sets this design apart from the other jackets in your wardrobe.
Making your way to the slopes or cooler weather? This jacket is designed to fit you for use as a shell. Just layer your winter warms over the Vuori jacket and you’re ready for winter! For those of you in warmer climates, this jacket is a fun and comfortable top layer. As we researched for this Vuori review, we were pleased to learn that each product is designed in California, right here in the United States. Each item in the company’s catalog is made under fair trade conditions in factories around the globe.
Type of Women’s Workout Apparel | Hunter Top
Eco-Friendly Top Benefits | North American Company, Supports Women’s Causes, UPF 50+
Top Material | Polyester
Favorite Activity | Running, Yoga, Movie Night
Top Price | $80
Next on our list of the top eco-friendly workout apparel is our Lole review. We’ve mentioned Lole elsewhere on Citrus Sleep; we’re fans of the company for several reasons. First, they’re a North American company, based in Canada. Secondly, they’re huge advocates for women’s programs. Throughout the year, Lole sponsors events and furnishes donations to groups that further women’s causes. We also love the Lole Yellow Label program. If you’ve got Lole sportswear you’re no longer using you can choose to donate it back to the company. They will, in turn, pass your sportswear along to another woman who wouldn’t otherwise have access.
We love this Lole Hunter Top for its classic fit and athletic clothing line. A straight fit is flattering without being too revealing for this workout clothes. Thumb holes help keep your digits warm in cooler weather. The hip length is perfect for pairing with yoga pants or leggings, and reflective logos keep you safe during nighttime activities. Choose from four colors, or buy a few!
3. New Balance
Type of Women’s Workout Apparel | Long Sleeved Top
Eco-Friendly Sleeved Top Benefits | Made in the USA, Green, Eco-Friendly, Give Back
Sleeved Top Material | Mid-Weight Knit
Favorite Activity | Climbing, Camping, Tailgating
Sleeved Top Price | $65
New Balance is one of the most well-loved brands in activewear. The company is proud to craft its products from at least 70% domestic materials, and all New Balance Apparel is fair trade compliant. What’s more is that New Balance partners with groups like Wounded Warrior and Race for the Cure to give back to the global community! For our New Balance review, we’ve chosen the Seasonless Long Sleeve. This shirt is just as described: it’s warm enough for the colder weather, but moisture-wicking technology keeps you cool even during the heat of summer.
You can choose from five different colors, so whether you prefer a classic stripe or a versatile solid, there’s a style for you. Women who wear this shirt say it runs true to size, and that it fits perfectly as a baselayer under your favorite pullover.
4. United by Blue
Type of Women’s Workout Apparel | Standard Pocket Tee
Eco-Friendly Pocket Tee Benefits | Fair Trade, Recycled Content, Sustainable, Natural Fibers
Pocket Tee Material | Hemp, Recycled Polyester
Favorite Activity | Horesback Riding, Zumba, Shopping
Pocket Tee Price | $27
United by Blue is another of our favorite companies. They’re based in America and the product catalog features tons of sustainable, responsible goods. Whether you’re searching for the perfect carryon or even clothing for your kids, you’ll find it on United by Blue. This Standard Pocket Tee is our choice for United by Blue review. The tee is perfectly soft – you can wear it as a workout top or pair it with your favorite sweats to lounge around the house. Even better is that the fabric used to make this tee is super eco-friendly. Hemp is a very sustainable material and comprises 15% of the shirt. The other 85% is recycled polyester!
You can choose from three different colors as you shop this standard pocket tee. A curved hemline adds interest to the shirt, and despite the natural materials this shirt is machine washable and dryer safe, so you can wear it every day!
Type of Women’s Workout Apparel | Peak Mission Tights
Eco-Friendly Pant Benefits | Fair Trade Certified, Give Back, Recycled Materials, Eco-Friendly
Pant Material | Recycled Nylon, Polyester, Spandex
Favorite Activity | Snowboarding, Power Walking, Geocaching
Pant Price | $119
We love the tops and jackets we’ve covered so far, but you’ll need something to wear on the bottom, too! Peak Mission Tights by Patagonia will match just about any top or jacket, and we know you’re going to love the fit. These pants are flattering to all body shapes and feature a drawcord for an adjustable fit. As you’d expect from Patagonia, the detail of the Peak Mission Tights is superb and perfect for your next personal trainer session. You’ll find a secure zipper pocket to keep your stash safe as you move, and reflective logos for your safety. The pant is gusseted so you can dance, hike or run in comfort. Of course, the Peak Mission Tight is crafted under fair trade conditions from recycled and sustainable materials and a perfect addition to your gym clothes.
We couldn’t feature a Patagonia review without mention of the company’s give back policy. Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard was one of the two CEOs who launched 1% for the Planet. If you’re not familiar, companies that join this initiative commit to donating 1% of their profits to charitable organizations.
Type of Women’s Workout Apparel | PFG Tidal Windbreaker
Eco-Friendly Windbreaker Benefits | Eco Friendly, Green, Give Back
Windbreaker Material | Polyester
Favorite Activity | Snowshoeing, Fishing, Kickboxing
Wind Breaker Price | $55
Columbia is another big name in activewear. However, many people don’t know of the company’s mission to better the planet and support communities around the globe. For instance, Columbia is a proud partner to Planet Water, which seeks to clean the planet’s waterways. They also support UK National Parks by outfitting the rangers and staff of those outdoor spaces.
For our Columbia review, we’ve chosen the PFG Tidal Windbreaker. We adore this jacket for fishing! Whether you’re sitting on the dock or want to go offshore, this windbreaker will be your new best friend. You’ll enjoy UPF 40 protection as well as the details you’d expect from Columbia: zippered pockets, water resistant fabric and even a rod holder! Women who have bought this windbreaker agree – the jacket is lightweight yet warm, and fits comfortable as you move. Choose from five sizes and three colors.
7. U.S. Outdoor
Type of Women’s Workout Apparel | USO Logo Tee
Eco-Friendly Tee Benefits | Eco Friendly, Green, Sustainable, Give Back
Tee Material | Cotton
Favorite Activity | Jogging, Cycling, Campfires
Tee Price | $20
Are you looking for a fun, basic tee you can wear just about anywhere? Our U.S. Outdoor review is for you! This soft graphic tee is made from 100% sustainable, natural cotton. It’s designed to be worn every day, and the more you wash it the softer it gets! You can choose from three colors: Bondi Blue, Heather Grey or Mint. Pair the tee with a soft pair of jeans to hang out around the campfire, or wear with your favorite cycling shorts next time you hit the trail. Women who have worn this shirt say it even doubles as a pajama top!
Your U.S. Outdoor purchase helps make the planet a better place. The company partners with groups like Planet Granite, U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Cancer Ski Out to give back to the global community.
Type of Women’s Workout Apparel | Women’s Divide Tech Tee
Eco-Friendly Tech Tee Benefits | Natural Materials, Green, Blusign Approved Company, Give Back
Tech Tee Material | Cotton/Polyester Blend
Favorite Activity | Gardening, Mall Walking, Crossfit
Tech Tee Price | $69
Stio is an American company that believes in giving back to protect the planet. The business has partnered with Protect Our Winters, American Prairie Preserve, The Conservation Alliance and other groups to ensure a cleaner, healthier planet. Where possible, Stio also uses Blusign approved materials when producing its outdoor wear. From sustainable cottons to natural wool, Stio turns to nature for inspiration. For our Stio review, we’ve chosen the Women’s Divide Henley. It’s crafted from a moisture wicking cotton / poly blend that’s sustainable and recyclable.
We love this tee for trail use. Whether you’re hiking, biking, climbing or just camping, this shirt is soft and won’t chafe. You’ll stay dry and cool when you wear the Women’s Divide Tech Tee as a baselayer or on its own.
Type of Women’s Workout Apparel | Active Printed Leggings
Eco-Friendly Leggings Benefits | Made in the USA, Woman Owned Company, Give Back
Leggings Material | Nylon/Elastic and Cotton Gusset
Favorite Activity | Mountain Biking, Marathon Training, Spin Class
Leggings Price | $110
We’ve featured Spanx reviews on Citrus Sleep in the past. We love that it’s a woman-owned business, literally founded in the bedroom of Sara Blakely. All products in the Spanx line are made under fair trade conditions in the USA. Every purchase you make from Spanx benefits the Sara Blakely Foundation. This initiative supports Grameen America, Every Mother Counts and other groups which seek to empower women. For this review, we’ve chosen the Active Printed Leggings, a fun alternative to your other jogging pants.
What do we love about this pant? Well, first, it provides full coverage! The legging rises to your natural waist, meaning it won’t shift down as you move. The cut is flattering to all body types in that you won’t get that “muffin top” look. Secondly, the leggings feature a cotton gusset. In other words, undies are optional. No more panty lines or bunching. Sizes range from extra small to 3X, so there’s a legging for every shape!
10. Cotton On
Type of Women’s Workout Apparel | Boxy Anorak
Eco-Friendly Anorak Benefits | Give Back, Benefits Youth Education
Anorak Top Material | Polyester
Favorite Activity | Flag Football, Rowing, Petting Zoo
Anorak Top Price | $15
Cotton On features a full catalog of products that are both eco-friendly and affordable. Throughout the website, you’ll find women’s athletic clothing, menswear and clothing for children. You can even find accessible and green luggage and stationery at Cotton On, so feel free to browse the site! For our Cotton On review, we’ve chosen this Boxy Anorak. The jacket is lightweight and water resistant, and absolutely perfect for outdoor fall activities. There are three colors to choose from – we love the mulberry! A drawstring keeps the hood pulled tight to protect you from the elements, and a shorter cut allows you to move around comfortably.
Whether you’re shopping for a Boxy Anorak or a stationery set, your purchase from Cotton On goes to support the Cotton On Foundation. This group provides funding and opportunities to support educational opportunities for children in Uganda, South Africa.
Type of Women’s Workout Apparel | Pillar Printed Capri
Eco-Friendly Athletic Capri Benefits | Give Back, Recycling Initiatives, Made in the USA, Recyclable
Athletic Capri Material | Polyester/Stretch
Favorite Activity | Sailing, Running, Coffee Dates
Athletic Capri Price | $46
Next on our list of the top fair trade workout apparel is our prAna review. This Pillar Printed Capri is nothing short of classy, no matter what color you choose. Cargo Marrakesh, Carmine Desert Geo, Blue Pacifica and Black Mosaic capri all sport a feminine cut that accentuates your shape. The capri in contrasting colors lends detail to your legging, and wide waistband with hidden key pocket make it comfortable.
You’re going to love this prAna pillar printed capri for jogging, sailing or just for a day out with the girls. This legging is perfect for your next personal trainer session. It’s soft, comfortable and is Fair Trade certified from 100% recyclable polyester! We love that prAna has partnered with Outdoor Outreach, too. Together, the company and the non-profit are working to create a socially responsible world.
12. Mountain Hard Wear
Type of Women’s Workout Apparel | Women’s Dynama Short
Eco-Friendly Short Benefits | Fair Trade, Eco-Friendly Operations, Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Short Material | Nylon/Elastane
Favorite Activity | Hiking, Cycling, Cardio
Short Price | $35
Often, it’s hard to determine whether a company practices what they preach. We’re featuring a Mountain Hard Wear review because this business is truly eco-friendly. Mountain Hard Wear has partnered with the Outdoor Industry Association Sustainable Working Group, The Sustainable Apparel Coalition and The UN’s ILO Better Work Program to ensure each product is green, fair trade and socially responsible. We’ve chosen to feature the Women’s Dynama Short for this review. We love that you can wear it indoors or out. Whether you’re cycling through the city or taking a cardio class, you’ll feel right at home in these shorts. Women who have bought this short love that you can choose from two different sizes. Go short if you’re feeling flirty or choose the longer style for more coverage.
We think you’ll like the style of the Women’s Dynama Short. Plenty of pockets keep your “stuff” safe while you work out, and a DWR finish repels moisture when you exercise outdoors. The stretchy waistband keeps your shorts in place.
Type of Women’s Workout Apparel | Pocket Short
Eco-Friendly Short Benefits | Woman-Owned Business, Give Back, Fair Trade, Made in the USA
Short Material | Compression Material
Favorite Activity | Weight Training, Paddleboats, Yoga
Short Price | $58
K-DEER is a woman-owned business that was launched in 2011. Kristine Deer wanted to create a yoga pant that you could actually move in – none of that riding up or binding stuff! The result of her efforts was the K-DEER line, designed for comfort and flexibility so you can play any way you want. We’ve chosen the 5” Pocket Short for our K-Deer review. This little short is perfect for yoga, but also for your entire gym experience. Whether you’re lifting weights, slaying on the stair stepper or just enjoying the sauna, this pocket short is perfect. Hip pockets give you space to store your key or your ID card and the five inch length is modest and attractive.
K-DEER is a give back company, too. The company has donated over $100,000 to groups like Susan G Komen, Artworks and The Giving Three Foundation since its launch. Other non-profits that have benefited from K-DEER’s contribution include tragedy assistance programs, animal welfare groups and women’s empowerment charities.
Type of Women’s Workout Apparel | Racerback Sports Bra
Eco-Friendly Sports Bra Benefits | Sustainable, Natural Materials, Biodegradable, Organically Grown, Give Back, OEKO-TEX Certified, Ecocert Certified, FSC Certified
Sports Bra Material | Compression Material
Favorite Activity | Dance Class, Kickball, Pilates
Sports Bra Price | $40
Last on our list of the top eco-friendly, fair trade workout apparel is our Boody review. Boody is an awesome Australian company that crafts each of its basicwear products from bamboo. Bamboo, as you may know, is one of the earth’s most sustainable materials. By creating bamboo activewear Boody greatly reduces the impact of the textile industry on the planet. This Racerback Sports Bra by Boody is so soft, you’ll want to wear it whether you’re working out or not. Supportive and modest, you can work out knowing that you’re covered. Removable padding offers additional confidence and perfect addition to you gym clothes. Plus, bamboo is naturally breathable; this racerback will keep you cool while you move.
We love the cool comfort of the Boody Racerback Sports Bra, but we also love that the company holds some great certifications. Products purchased from Boody are certified by OEKO-TEX, by Ecocert and by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Move With Confidence and Feel Great With This Top Eco-Friendly Women’s Training Gear
No matter how you move in your gym clothes, you want to do it with confidence: confident that you’re looking your best and that you’re protecting the planet. From eco-friendly activewear workout apparel for yoga, to training or workout clothes, this athletic clothing list is sure to impress any personal trainer. Each of the women’s clothing on this list is healthy for the global community and your wardrobe, for the planet and for you! Shop with confidence and look great while you strive to reach your goals.
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