We all know that wearing what we already own is the most sustainable way to dress, but if the elastic is failing and it’s time to give those faded Yoga pants a break, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a round-up of Australia’s best activewear brands, making comfy, soft, stretchy activewear out of ethically sourced fabrics (from regenerated plastic to Aussie-grown bamboo) and supporting Australian people and the planet towards a healthier existence.
Nimble Activewear might be best known for their sleek designs, but sustainability forms the core of this Bondi brand’s ethos. Passionate about preserving our environment, the Nimble team created their own custom generated fabric – MoveLite is made from discarded plastic bottles, and since its launch, their sustainable range has saved over one million plastic bottles from finding their way into landfill.
One for the luxury-inclined, Naganta is more than just an activewear brand – every design is a statement piece, designed with the sustained thriving of community and environment in mind. Guided by the ethos “Movements Not Seasons”, Nagnata has quickly formed its own niche within the global fashion industry: making brave, timeless designs for active lifestyles.
Designed in Melbourne by passionate yogi and environmentalist Raja, Luna & Soul is a Yoga and Pilates focused brand, making super soft Yoga wear and accessories which have a positive impact on people and planet. Working closely with a small, family-run workshop in Bali (where Raja lived after quitting her fashion career in London), Raja produces the Luna & Soul range using ethically sourced fabrics (organic cotton and regenerated viscose) with the intention of helping humans achieve a stronger sense of collective compassion. If it’s time for a full Yoga routine reset, Luna & Soul is the answer – a one-stop-shop for ethically made Yoga props, outfits and accessories.
For a more high-impact workout, turn to Active Apostle: an activewear brand making high performance mens and womens activewear from regenerated fabric. Made from salvaged ocean waste (including fishing nets), ECONYL is the groundbreaking fabric used in so many of our favourite swimwear brands (you can read that round-up here), and is known for its stretch and durability.
Made in Australia from GOTS certified organic cotton, breathable bamboo, regenerated ECONYL and Australian merino wool, Bay Active’s clothing is designed to celebrate movement for everyone, and ethically made in sizes ranging from 6 – 18. With the belief that movement is for everyone, Bay Active also makes biodegradable Yoga mats for kids, so the whole family can get involved.
Another all-Australian favourite is Two Sparrow, a Torquay-born brand making it’s beautiful activewear range in an ethically accredited factory in Melbourne. Two Sparrow’s timeless, gentle designs are made using 100% natural or recycled fabrics, and packaged in 100% plastic-free packaging.
For more soft, simple styles, turn to bamboo clothing brand Boody. The all-natural bamboo-derived fabric sets the gold standard when it comes to comfort: hypoallergenic, breathable and silky soft. As a 1% for the planet member, you can be sure that your Boody purchase is helping towards the health of the planet as well as the comfort of your workout.
Ethically produced in a solar-powered factory just outside of Brisbane, dk active is another Aussie hero. Their range of neutrally coloured designs combine organic cotton, regenerated nylon, lycra and bamboo for stretch, softness, breathability, moisture-minimisation and muscle support, without having a negative impact on the environment.
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