Spring sportswear: 8 ethically made swaps for your gym bag

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Whether you're into yoga or surfing, long walks on the beach or BPM-infused spinning, there are a range of eco options for your workout wear. From awesome British made indie labels to sustainable options from your favourite global brands, we look at ways you can green up your gym gear.

Georgina Wilson-Powell 8 March 2019

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Living more sustainably doesn't mean you have to stop doing what you love. These eco-alternatives to activewear cover all bases for girls and guys and we've partnered with ethically made, British label Flip The Dog to bring some greener options to your gym bag. Now there's really no excuse to get fit this spring.

8 ethically made swaps for your gym bag

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Ethical Activewear leggings

Leggings, Flip The Dog

British activewear brand Flip The Dog's leggings are our favourite this spring. High waisted, super soft and slinky, each pair is made with recycled plastics here in the UK so you're eco-winning on all sorts of levels. They'll become your weekend faves in no time. And until the end of March 2019 get 20% off the entire range with the code ' PEBBLEANDFLIP'.


Ethical activewear shorts

Shorts, Peak & Flow

New ethical gym gear brand, Peak + Flow, create properly fitting, hard working work out clothes that contain recycled plastics that are responsibly made in Sri Lanka. These everyday gym shorts are twin-skinned with an ultralight outer and a compressive inner with bonded hem for comfort.


Ethical Activewear Ruby Moon

Long sleeved vest, Ruby Moon

Any SUP-ers or water babies out there? Not for profit Brighton label, RubyMoon, makes this amazing long sleeved rash vest, the Yasmeen. Profits from RubyMoon act as microloans to support women entrepreneurs in developing countries and this top is named after the first woman the brand supported. This vest is also made from ocean plastics and will protect your skin for years in the water.


Ethical Activewear Frietag

Gym bag, Freitag

Freitag has spent decades upcycling tarpaulins into hard wearing bags for life. Their new range out this spring mixes truck tarps with recycled plastics to make the range even more eco. The Cinnamon bag is brilliant for busy gym goers - it's a drawstring bag with heavy duty handles that's also a backpack and comes with a large magnetic pocket on the outside for your essentials.


Ethical Activewear Finisterre

Hiking jacket, Finisterre

No one will miss you in this bright Nimbus jacket from awesome outdoor-wear guys Finisterre. The Nimbus jacket (for men and women) will keep you toasty no matter where you're hiking - to the pub or over a mountain. It's filled with lightweight recycled fibre insulation and has a fluorocarbon-free recycled polyester shell which is windproof and water resistant. Best of all you can scrunch it up and shove it in any bag.


Ethical Activewear Sundired

Vests, Sundried

Swap your gym bag vest staples for something that works harder for the planet. Sundried's Tour Noir vests are made from coffee ground waste. Say what? Yep, not only is it moisture wicking and odour resistant it also dries 200 times quicker than cotton and it's made responsibly from 100% sustainable materials and that includes coffee grounds.


Ethical Activewear Roxy

Swimsuit, Roxy

Are you hitting the water any time this spring? Aussie surfwear gurus Roxy have developed a practical swimsuit line that's still super stylish. The Pop Surf collection is made from recycled plastic bottles and supports the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental not-for-profit organisation that defends the ocean . 


Ethical Activewear Katmandu

Zip up hoodie, Katmandu

Everyone needs a quick hoodie to bung on over gym gear or to keep you warm during your outdoor escapes. Katmandu's version is soft and warm, plus this one is part of the Repreve collection, made from recycled plastics. 10 plastic bottles go into each one and the breathable fabric stretches whichever way you do.


Ethical Activewear leggings

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Leggings, Flip The Dog

British activewear brand Flip The Dog's leggings are our favourite this spring. High waisted, super soft and slinky, each pair is made with recycled plastics here in the UK so you're eco-winning on all sorts of levels. They'll become your weekend faves in no time. And until the end of March 2019 get 20% off the entire range with the code ' PEBBLEANDFLIP'.


Ethical activewear shorts

2 / 8

Shorts, Peak & Flow

New ethical gym gear brand, Peak + Flow, create properly fitting, hard working work out clothes that contain recycled plastics that are responsibly made in Sri Lanka. These everyday gym shorts are twin-skinned with an ultralight outer and a compressive inner with bonded hem for comfort.


Ethical Activewear Ruby Moon

3 / 8

Long sleeved vest, Ruby Moon

Any SUP-ers or water babies out there? Not for profit Brighton label, RubyMoon, makes this amazing long sleeved rash vest, the Yasmeen. Profits from RubyMoon act as microloans to support women entrepreneurs in developing countries and this top is named after the first woman the brand supported. This vest is also made from ocean plastics and will protect your skin for years in the water.


Ethical Activewear Frietag

4 / 8

Gym bag, Freitag

Freitag has spent decades upcycling tarpaulins into hard wearing bags for life. Their new range out this spring mixes truck tarps with recycled plastics to make the range even more eco. The Cinnamon bag is brilliant for busy gym goers - it's a drawstring bag with heavy duty handles that's also a backpack and comes with a large magnetic pocket on the outside for your essentials.


Ethical Activewear Finisterre

5 / 8

Hiking jacket, Finisterre

No one will miss you in this bright Nimbus jacket from awesome outdoor-wear guys Finisterre. The Nimbus jacket (for men and women) will keep you toasty no matter where you're hiking - to the pub or over a mountain. It's filled with lightweight recycled fibre insulation and has a fluorocarbon-free recycled polyester shell which is windproof and water resistant. Best of all you can scrunch it up and shove it in any bag.


Ethical Activewear Sundired

6 / 8

Vests, Sundried

Swap your gym bag vest staples for something that works harder for the planet. Sundried's Tour Noir vests are made from coffee ground waste. Say what? Yep, not only is it moisture wicking and odour resistant it also dries 200 times quicker than cotton and it's made responsibly from 100% sustainable materials and that includes coffee grounds.


Ethical Activewear Roxy

7 / 8

Swimsuit, Roxy

Are you hitting the water any time this spring? Aussie surfwear gurus Roxy have developed a practical swimsuit line that's still super stylish. The Pop Surf collection is made from recycled plastic bottles and supports the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental not-for-profit organisation that defends the ocean . 


Ethical Activewear Katmandu

8 / 8

Zip up hoodie, Katmandu

Everyone needs a quick hoodie to bung on over gym gear or to keep you warm during your outdoor escapes. Katmandu's version is soft and warm, plus this one is part of the Repreve collection, made from recycled plastics. 10 plastic bottles go into each one and the breathable fabric stretches whichever way you do.


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