Sustainable leggings

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I guess it’s not a secret by now that leggings or yoga pants as some call it, have this power to give an amazing shape to our body. It started by being a very comfortable option to use in your aerobic classes, then in no time it passed on to any other sports. Before you even realized, now using leggings as your day to day outfit is fashionable. 

No matter if you are someone that uses their leggings for yoga, gym, running or simply putting something comfy to start your day I believe that we should not only try to find a brand that represents our style but one that is also sustainable. 

That’s why I want to share with you 3 brands that not just care about your comfort and style but also care about this beautiful planet that we all share. 

Groceries Apparel 

This brand has something for everyone, from beautiful patterns with colorful combinations for women that like to stand out from the crowd when entering in their yoga classes to a variety of basic colours that is a perfect choice for a more minimalist look. One of the facts that I truly appreciate from this brand is the fact that they didn’t settle for collaborating with factories that don’t share the same values and took actions in their own hands.

 

As they did not find that ideal partner that shares the same points of view in sustainability they decided to manufacture in their own Los Angeles, CA factory to ensure standards are fully achieved. 

They ensure that thanks to that decision they are able to maximize quality, efficiency, employee pay and minimized redundancy, waste and our carbon footprint. 

“Hype is nothing, substance is everything” 

Groceries Apparel cares so much about being sustainable and ethical in all the different aspects, that’s why they also decided to make their own dyes as they couldn’t find non-toxic dyes around LA. 

Being the one in charge and responsible for all the aspects of your productions is definitely challenging but that of course brings better quality control and standards.

The last awesome aspect about this brand is how they separate their collection. When you go to their website page you can choose your items by ingredients. So for instance if you want to buy leggings made of Eucalyptus you can press on that and you see all the different collections they have with that ingredient. Isn’t that great? 

These are the ingredients they use for their clothing: 
  • Organic 
  • Eucalyptus 
  • Recycled 
  • Hemp
  • Recycled cotton
  • Vegetable dye 

Also if you are a sweater lover, you definitely have to check out their collection! It’s lovely! 

Bam Bamboo clothing 

A viable and environmentally sustainable business as they describe themselves. Bam Bamboo Clothing just as their name itself says focus on Bamboo as a prime material for its clothing production. 

I love this brand for many reasons but I decided to focus on these 3 aspects:

Transparency

They feel confident sharing with the world where they stand at this moment when it comes to sustainability and they also have a clear vision where they want to reach in the future. 

“We’re challenging ourselves to reduce our carbon footprint to zero by 2030. But more than that, we’ll address every impact we have on the planet. We’ll ensure every person in our supply chain – right the way back to the growers – is paid fairly and treated with dignity. We’ve set goals for zero waste to landfill, zero pollution and zero wasted water – all by 2030. This applies to every single process from the growing of the bamboo, to the manufacture of our clothes, to the way they are recycled.”

Involved 

They believe that the only way to reduce your foot-print is by being aware and trace everything that is involved in the process of creating your clothes, that means that it’s important to know every single step from how the prime material is produced to how is it transformed into a fabric and what happens with the waste that this creates. 

Their Sustainable Expert personally visits the managed bamboo forests with whom they collaborate to make sure that everything is done in a sustainable and ethical way. The second stage is the pulp production, which is also visited by the expert to make sure that common environmental values are shared by the factory in charge of that aspect. When it comes to their fabric production they collaborate with a factory that invested millions of dollars in waste-treatment and is committed to become a world-leader in sustainable viscose production. 

The last stage is the clothing factory, where they decided to collaborate with those particular suppliers because they not only share the same ethics about the environment but also about how people should be treated at work. 

Why is choosing bamboo clothing a great option?  

Good for environment:

  • Bamboo absorbs 5 times more carbon than hardwood trees
  • It needs half the land that cotton needs
  • It doesn’t need irrigation
  • It doesn’t need pesticides 

Good for you: 

  • Temperature controlling 
  • Super soft on your skin
  • Moisture managing 
  • UV protection 

“If ‘going green’ is hiking to the top of a hill, Impact Positive is scaling Everest. But it’s where every business needs to be headed.”

Informative 

Their website shows exactly how much drinkable water is saveddriving emissions avoided, land farmed without pesticides by each particular product. 

I also love that they give a great description of each product which makes the purchase way easier. 

Starseeds

If you mainly buy leggings for your yoga classes and you wonder which is a great sustainable and ethical brand. Starseeds is the brand for you. Their main focus is to provide the best quality of product for all the yoga loversout there, but having sustainability constantly on their mind. 

How do they do this? 

They choose very carefully and with a lot of consideration their factories. One of the reasons why they opted to have their factories in Europe was because that would facilitate a regular oversight on working conditions. 

Being in business is not enough for them, they want to constantly improve that’s why they attend fabrics trade fairsthat expose the latest eco-friendly solutions which then they implement into their news collections.  

In order to make sure that the new fabrics and designs are 100% comfortable and fit yogis expectations they make a tryout with professionals in any yoga position that you can imagine. That’s why they are able to provide the best design for their customers. 

These are the main fabrics that they use, for the sake of creating as minimal impact as possible on the environment: 

  • Organic cotton
  • Bamboo
  • Linen
  • Ramie
  • Hemp
  • Recycled polyester
  • Natural dyes 

When it comes to their packaging they are also very well aware that this can create a big environmental impact if it’s not taken into consideration, that’s why they use woven for their tags, recycled paper and almond shells for their gift bags. 

“ ‘the lightness of being’. It’s our everyday mantra, which encourages us to learn, grow and enjoy each moment, whilst thinking of the legacy that we will leave for future generations.” 

If I would have to choose one thing that I really liked what the brand represented with their website is awareness. They not only use their website as an e-commerce shop but they also use it to make people more aware of topics, such as fast-fashion, sustainability in fashion and ethical fashion. The reason they do so is because they not only want to make more conscious choices in all aspects of life but also inspire others to do the same. 

If you liked this article maybe you would also be interested Eco-Conscious Athletic Wear, where I present different brands for different sports. 

Please let me know in the comments below which one you will consider for your next leggings purchase and which is the sustainable action that impressed you the most?

16 thoughts on “Sustainable leggings”

  1. Very informative! I‘ve been looking for sustainable active wear and especially leggings for a while now. Thanks for gathering this! 🙂

  2. I really love leggings and with the possibilty to buy sustainable ones, it is just perfect! thank you for the article and information!

  3. Loving to see that we’ve finally got more sustainable options when choosing leggings. I literally wear them all day long and I’m so happy to know now that I can make even a small difference! Thank you so much for all the helpful informations!!

  4. I learned so much from this post! I wear leggings almost every day. If I can still wear them while helping the planet thrive, it’s a win-win!

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