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These 8 Activewear Pieces Prove Sustainable Fashion Can Be Functional *and* Stylish

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Well+Good EditorsMarch 17, 2020

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When it comes to living more sustainably, you know the drill: bring your reusable water bottle everywhere, recycle plastics when you can’t avoid them, and say no to straws. But dressing sustainably? That’s a little tougher to tackle, especially when it comes to activewear.

You’re totally here for making sustainable choices, but you still want activewear that looks stylish on the way to the studio and performs during your sweatiest workouts—because is there anything worse than leggings that constantly fall down?

For inspo in curating an activewear collection that supports your fitness goals and the planet, we picked eight sustainable pieces from Athleta that will help you get your sweat on while keeping the Earth in mind.

Each piece uses eco-conscious fabrics, and in typical athleisure fashion, they’re all super comfy, and perfect for outdoor adventures, sweaty workouts, or a day of lounging.

Scroll down for the 8 sustainable activewear pieces to add to your closet.

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Expedition Short, $59

The most important quality in active shorts: a waistband that will keep them from riding up or falling down mid-run. This lightweight pair—made from 100-percent recycled nylon—slips on easily thanks to a stretchy waistband, but the drawstring keeps you from having to hike them up constantly while you’re logging your miles. Bonus feature: three functional (read: not just for looks) pockets. Sometimes you really can have it all.

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Organic Daily Crop Tie Dye Tee, $49

Odds are, you could use another basic tee. But instead of adding a third classic white to your already-packed drawer, switch things up by going tie dye. This top is cropped, just fitted enough, and—of course—made from soft organic cotton that will add a bit of color to your typically neutral workout uniform.

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Farallon Jogger, $98

Joggers are arguably the best thing to happen to athleisure since black leggings—and this pair is no different. They skim over your legs without being restrictive, and are stretchy and breathable while still looking polished. Plus, with four different pockets and the option to cinch the bottom of the pants up or down, your active afternoons just got a style upgrade.

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Sundown Sweatshirt Hoodie, $79

Perfect for tossing over a tank or layering under a jacket without adding any bulk, this hoodie is worthy of an exception to your “I don’t need any more sweatshirts” shopping rule. It’s woven from organic cotton (with a bit of polyester for stretch), so besides being super soft and breathable, you can trust it was made sans harmful pesticides.

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Free Flow Culotte, $79

Meet your new uniform for traveling, walks with friends, grocery runs, movie nights, and just about every other life activity. These wide-leg cropped pants are so soft you’re never going to want to take them off, and a hidden drawstring makes sure that while they’re beyond easy to slip on, they’ll also actually stay up while you’re out living your life.

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Expedition Hike Shell, $128

This sleek windbreaker is a staple for any outdoor adventuring you plan to do this spring, thanks to built-in ventilation under the arms, an adjustable hood, and a cinchable hem. With its cropped cut and pretty color, recycled nylon has never looked so good.

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Sundown Sweatshirt Tee, $59

As cozy as a sweatshirt and lightweight as a T-shirt, this short sleeve crew neck is the answer to spring transitional weather. Plus it’s super breathable thanks to organic cotton, making the sustainable activewear piece great for sweaty workouts, too.

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Purana Wrap Sweatshirt, $89

Ever thought a sweatshirt made from trees could be this warm and cozy? You’ll be a believer once you slip on this pullover made with fabric created from sustainably harvested beech trees (yes, really) that will become your go-to for chilly spring nights or for cooling down after a long run.

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Photos: Athleta

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