Conscious Yoga Wear
Image credit: Girlfriend Collective
Do you practise in the heat or to empty your mind? Whatever the reason, it’s important that your yoga wear is comfortable and breathable. Here is our selection of the best performing conscious yoga wear pieces.
The perks of yoga are countless. In an era of working and working out from home, yoga has become a popular practise. Yoga is amazing for many reasons; it’s great for your body without being too tough on your muscles. It enhances elasticity when we’re spending so much time sitting indoors, and it is conceived to help you unwind and relax your mind. Some say it’s a philosophy and a lifestyle. That’s why buying and wearing yoga wear that is harmful to the environment is counter intuitive to good practise. In an era in which loungewear has become the new norm, choosing comfortable clothing that is breathable but also makes you feel good in your body is essential. The great news is that ethical brands make stunning yoga wear, that not only looks great, it’s also doing good to the planet. Because yes, you can have both.
Alice Asquith, founded Asquith in 2002, combining her love of fabrics and design with two other passions: yoga and pilates. Back then, most activewear was logo-heavy and made with synthetic, chemical-laden fabrics. She wanted to make elegant, naturally breathable activewear in a way that benefited people and minimised the impact on the environment. Alice wanted the designs to be multifunctional and work as well on the mat as they did off. People can feel good wearing them wherever they go, be it the school run, the beach, on a plane or in the studio. Asquith use a specifically trademarked Bamboo Viscose called Bambor®. It is a unique blend of organic cotton, bamboo and a small amount of elastane (for additional stretch capabilities). Bamboo is a sustainable and an environmentally low-impact fabric. It grows faster and absorbs more carbon dioxide than hardwood trees. It needs no chemical fertiliser, pesticides and very little water to grow and thrive. The fabric is also Oeko-Tex certified, which means it is processed without harmful chemicals in the dyeing and finishing.
The Girlfriend Collective is the conscious it-girl yoga wear. Every single piece from their latest capsule collection with Net-a-porter is something we would wear at any time of the day. It’s also one of the most transparent brands you can find out there. The amount of information accessible via their website about their materials sourcing, production and ethical policies is really impressive. Attention is paid to every fabric that Girlfriend Collective use. The leggings are made from 25 recycled post-consumer bottles, and the bras are made from 11. Recycled fishing nets and other post consumer plastic waste using ECONYL® yarn is also utilised. T-Shirts and tank tops are made using an exciting fabric called cupro. It’s a delicate fibre made from waste left behind by the cotton industry. The cupro yarn is made in a zero-waste, zero-emission facility in Japan, then constructed at their SA8000-certified factory in Hanoi. The factory guarantees fair wages, safe and healthy conditions, and zero forced or child labour.
Living on Sydney’s northern beaches, Dharma Bums have always had a close connection with nature. Seeing plastic and other rubbish washed up on the sand brought an awareness of the impact people are having on the planet. They use innovative, sustainable fabrics like lenzing Modal, a soft and luxurious fibre made from sustainable raw beechwood. Of course they also use fabrics made with post-consumer recycled P.E.T water bottles. Skilled workmanship ensures each garments’ longevity. Striving to leave a minimal footprint, everything is considered, from the water they use to the packaging they produce. For example, garment and mailer bags are made from 100% sustainably sourced plant-based fibres. This makes them home compostable and biodegradable. Dispose of them in your home compost, and they will start to breakdown within 90 days. If they do end up in landfill, they will still biodegrade. For more examples of biodegradable materials, we chatted to Finisterre about their plastic bags that break down in water.
Go as u.r is the vegan conscious brand made from sustainable and locally sourced materials. The brand has based their identity around the concept of circular economy. Everything they do is aimed at producing a product that is as sustainable as possible for its entire life cycle. They have eliminated their reliance on virgin materials. Instead they work with low-impact garment materials such as wood pulp, recovered sea fishing nets and recycled fibres. The pieces are produced in a clean and respectful way in a small family-run factory in Portugal, using sustainable and ethical means of production. By sourcing from Portugal, they can minimise their environmental impact and ensure that no unfair or unsafe labour goes into making our clothes. They have also made a lot of effort when it comes to the finer details, such as recycled hang-tags and recycled outer boxes. Plus at the end of the products life cycle, they even take back your go as u.r pieces.
Lagatta’s story story began with a mother and daughter shopping trip for activewear. Lagatta founders Stephanie (a former professional snowboarder and product engineer) and her mom Mimi realised that the activewear industry wasn’t very up to date. They couldn’t find any elegant options for the casually active woman. Having travelled across Europe to find the best, most technologically advanced and ethical manufacturers and suppliers, their attention to detail across the brand is wonderful to see. All fabrics are created in Italy, then the garments are made in Portugal. Made from 78% recycled ocean plastics, the fabrics are OEKO-TEX® certified. Meaning that each one has been put through extensive testing to ensure that they have not been unnecessarily treated with harmful chemicals like pesticides and lead. The pieces are minimal and elegant and are designed to be mixed and matched. So you can enjoy fewer pieces for a longer time. Every order is shipped in a recycled and recyclable box!
Adrenna is the activewear brand tackling mass-production. They do this by only producing what is needed. The prevailing fashion production model is to mass-produce and over-produce. A system exacerbated by fast-fashion, sales cycles, and the relentless drive to be the next trend. Adrenna produces exactly what the customer wants and only in the quantities needed. To do so, they produce locally, and cut down the amount of unwanted carbon emissions it takes for your garments to get to your door. All fabrics are sourced in Italy and they are working towards zero-waste production! Patterns are specifically designed to ensure the least amount of cut-off (and therefore, wasted) fabric as possible. They only work with fabric mills with third-party certifications (Bluesign and Oeko-Tex) for eco and non-toxic dyes. Great news if you plan on sweating in your yoga gear.
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