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Forging the path of change one workout at a time

If you love fitness as much as we do, you probably have a ton of activewear sitting in your closet. You arguably need more activewear than any genre of clothing in your closet. What if our closets filled up with sustainable pieces? Pieces that left no carbon footprint behind?

With all the sweat-wicking shirts these days, they are full of chemicals. Those chemicals also are getting released into the atmosphere by our factories. The easy thing is always going to the brands we know we love. With a little research, you can fill your closet with some dope men’s activewear brands that are forging the path to the future. And the future is sustainable!

1. Kozm

Warrior 2 yoga short - Kozm

Price Range:

$35 – $84

Sustainable Materials:

Organic Cotton, Hemp, Recover Textiles

Kozm’s goal is to give its customers transparency and honesty within their men’s activewear brand. They create an elevated level of customer service from start to finish. Kozm products are made in the USA in small batches. They use the most sustainable materials available and pay their worker’s fair wages. They focus on to make fewer products but a product that lasts.

Kozm even encourages their customers to send back their used clothing. They then upcycle or recycle the old clothing. Kozm hand wraps its shipments in Skelly Wrap. Skelly Wrap is FSC certified paper, containing recycled content printed and cut in the US. It is also tied with scrap fabrics that can be repurposed to as a bracelet or to tie your yoga mat.

2. Veja Shoes

CONDOR MESH LIGHT GREY BLACK - veja

Price Range:

$125-$180

Sustainable Materials:

Organic Cotton, Natrual Rubber

3. Janji

circuit track pant - janji

Price Range:

$30-$195

Sustainable Materials:

Recycled Polyester, Cotton & Nylon

Janji is an activewear company that funds clean water projects around the globe. They believe clean water is a human right. Janji picks a new country every year to focus on and creates new lines inspired by that country.

They link up with local artists to collaborate on prints and designs. From there, they pick a local npo partner. Together, they work on providing sustainable clean water solutions for that country. After the line is finished, 5% of proceeds go back to the npo partner to help with the water crises.

4. Coalatree

trailhead shorts - coalatree

Price Range:

$15-$160

Sustainable Materials:

Recycled materials from discarded threads and plastic

Coalatree is an outdoor brand that focuses on making clothing for the adventurer. They make most of their products from recycled or repurposed materials. They use old yarn and plastics and melt them down to form new materials. Coalatrees factories are working towards zero-emission use as well. They use sustainable energy sources, solar lighting, and water-saving machinery.

They only work with facilities that are bluesign approved. This ensures no toxic chemicals are being used during production. They even use recycled materials for their hangtags. Coalatree also has a partnership with adopt-a-native-elder program. They give back 10% of their sales to a navajo elder in need. They also give away waterproof blankets made from extra materials to the homeless.

5. Ten Thousand

interval short - ten thousand

Price Range:

$44-$140

Sustainable Materials:

Tree Rubber

Ten Thousand is a shorts company that understands minimalism.  They only focus on men’s activewar essentials. Ten Thousand understands what it’s like to be busy and want you to save your time. They focus their line on only a few pairs of premium shorts, socks, & shirts. With a small focus, they can ensure they all perform amazingly. They believe there is no need to overcomplicate the buyers process.

They even take out the middleman and don’t sell wholesale so they can get you their shorts at a cost you can afford. They even have a clothing recycling program called “one in, one out”. Every time you purchase a pair of shorts, you have the chance to send back old workout clothes you want to get rid of.  If you do, you receive 10% off your next order.

6. Iffley Road

hampton 8'' - iffley road

Price Range:

$30-$120

Sustainable Materials:

Organic Cotton, Recycled Wool, Responsible down, and bluesign textile production.

This European brand was started by husband and wife with a passion for running. They love running so much, they even met through running. They had trouble finding clothing that was both technical, stylish and made sustainably. They realized all the brands around them weren’t made with quality materials. They experinced that often they were thrown away after a year’s wear.

They were determined to make one themselves and that’s exactly what they did. They produce all of their garments in northern Portugal. Their base layers and beanies are made in the UK. They use state of the art technology and they believe in investing in your running clothing. Buying better, but less.

7. Vuori

RIPSTOP CLIMBER PANT - vuori

Price Range:

$30-$200

Sustainable Processes:

Partners of The Renewal System that takes discarded apparel and textiles and turns them into upcycled materials or recycling feedstock.

Vuori’s men short was voted best gym short. Voted by Men’sHealth, Men’s Journal, Entrepreneur, Outside and more. This company started in Encinitas California by Joe Kudla. Joe was trying to blur the lines between activewear and lifestyle cl0thing.

Vuori’s line of men’s activewear is made for the activity driven athlete. All peices are made to be interchangeable. Whether you’re biking to work,  traveling, training, going to yoga, Vuori has your back.

8. Cotopaxi

fuego down jacket - cotopaxi

Price Range:

$50-$100

Sustainable Materials:

Organic Cotton, Recycled Wool, Responsible down, and bluesign textile production.

This men’s activewear brand was founded by a Latin American Native named Davis Smith. The name Cotopaxi is named after a powerful volcano. Davis visited at Cotopaxi National park when he was younger and saw this volcano. This brand stands for doing good. Through every phase of the product lifecycle that is the focus. The workers that touch their products are treated with the utmost respect.

They also put 1% of their profits to poverty struck communities in the hope to support and develop them. They also have given 42 grants to date to improve the human conditions in 6 countries.

Being sustainable doesn’t have to be hard. It can be really fun finding new men’s activewear brands that you are excited to support. It’s a new world now, everyone is hopping on the sustainability train. We hope this shopping guide makes finding new sustainable activewear brands easier!

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Kristen Such

Kristen Such

Passionate about living consciously and inspiring others to do so in the process.

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