There is so much to consider when choosing new workout clothing from what clothing is suitable for the type of exercise you are doing, to fit, style and colour, but have you considered how sustainable your workout clothing is? Many new businesses are popping up offering environmentally friendly exercise gear, many with different focuses in their sustainability efforts. From ethical labour, through recycled, organic and sustainable materials, to minimising carbon footprint and recycled water used during production. We take a look at some of the different environment friendly policies being implemented and the brands to look for depending on what is most important to you.
Exercise Gear Made from Sustainable Materials
For many years we have seen companies such as Nike and Adidas producing sports clothing from recycled plastic bottles. But, in 2020 there are many more types of recycled materials being used by different brands in the manufacturer of workout clothing.
Similar to recycled polyester recycled nylon diverts waste from landfill. Items such as fishing nets, carpets and tights are most frequently used to make recycled nylon. The process of recycling these products into recycled nylon uses less resources, including water and energy, than those required to make new nylon. However, the process is costly and results in recycled nylon exercise clothing being more expensive than when new nylon is used. If you care about the sustainability of the workout gear you purchase take a look at the recycled nylon shorts available from Organic Basics.
Cotton is actually a plant, grown in hotter countries with major growers being the USA, China, India, Turkey and Brazil. However, not all cotton is grown equally. Much of the