It’s no secret that apparel manufacturing hasn’t always had the best rep when it comes to eco-friendly. But as the demand for recycled and green materials in clothing has grown, many brands have risen to the challenge…including athletic brands. One of favorite brands that is leading the charge on this is Vuori.
Vuori clothing has a huge selection of eco-friendly performance wear from shirts to leggings to joggers and more. The company adheres to ethical manufacturing, which means providing safe and healthy working conditions for their staff and responsible environmental policies is a top priority. They also require their suppliers to sign and adhere to their Vuori Code of Conduct, which includes the fair treatment of labor, safe and healthy working conditions and strict environmental practices.
Sustainability can take many forms. So our Editors have pulled together their favorite list of workout items that will keep you looking good, and feeling good from your exercise start to finish…
Whether your workout involves cardio or weights, a great pair of shorts is a staple. They need to be light and breathable but tough and durable…and they need to stretch easily without stretching out. So we start with our Editors’ fav – the Halo Performance Short. Not only is their DreamKnit ™ fabric moisture-wicking and breathable, it’s a 4-way stretch material – so no matter how you bend, it stays with you and bounces back to keep its shape. The Halo Performance shorts are made from 89% recycled polyester, which comes from recycled plastics that are broken into chips and then turned into yarn. Amazing!
Whether your next move involves asana or kettlebells, this tank will see you through. With a flattering v-neck and trendy crop length, it comes in over six colors (though we’re in love with this deep wine version ourselves). Double-straps on the back and a built in low-impact bra means you can wear it all by itself without concern of any workout wardrobe malfunction. Made with their DreamKnit ™ fabric, it’s also moisture-wicking and breathable, and the 4-way stretch material shows off your curves without riding up or pinching. 89% recycled polyester means less plastic in our landfills and more enjoyment for you.
Trail runners and hikers of the world, rejoice! Skip the bulky belt because this short has pockets-a-plenty. Five of ’em in fact, including a side zip that’s perfect for those small but valuable items (keys, airpods, etc). Made of super durable DuraTerra™ ripstop fabric, these wear like iron, but feel like your fav pair of worn-in jeans. All this and good for mother earth? You betcha. These shorts are 98% organic cotton. Why is that good? Well, when you consider how much pesticide is used to grow “standard” cotton, as well as all the harsh chemicals normally used in processing, organic cotton leaves a much lighter carbon footprint. Plus, because it is organic, when it biodegrades it will not leave behind harmful toxins.
As the name implies, these leggings are both clean in look, as they are for the environment. With an ultra-suede finish, these leggings are super soft to the touch but don’t let that fool you. They’re also 4-way stretch and moisture wicking with a no-slip legging grip that keeps them at the perfect 7/8 length throughout your workout. And yes, they are made from 87% recycled plastic bottles rescued from the landfill and turned into these fab-fitting leggings in seven different colors.
The perfect post-workout jacket to pop on and look fabulous. Made with cozy, performance Sherpa that is 85% recycled material, it’s super soft and moisture absorbent to help cool you down while keeping you warm. Two generous pockets give you plenty of room to stash your necessities and with five color options there’s sure to be one (like this lovely rose shown above) that you’ll fall in love with.
Speaking of post workout and looking good, these Performance Joggers are designed to be moisture wicking and super stretchy enough that you can easily work out in them, but their slim, but relaxed fit and slight crop make them chic enough for your off-duty looks as well. Made with DreamKnit ™, these lovelies are 89% recycled material.
Surely no workout outfit is complete without a hoodie, and the Halo Essential is one you should definitely add to your collection. Lightweight and cropped, it’s perfect for layering, and it comes in 7 cool color options including the Heather camo one shown above. As with the rest of the eco-friendly items at Vuori, this hoodie is actually made from 89% recycled plastic.
Running, hiking, camping or just chilling – this beanie doesn’t skimp on the luxe. It’s made from 30% recycled cashmere and 70% merino wool…making it 100% awesome. Comes in charcoal gray or black. Get either or both!
Don’t let a little rain dictate to you whether your workout is on or off. With a C6 DWR finish, this jacket is fully water resistant. It also has an internal drawcord at the bottom to keep out the elements, as well as UPF 50+ rating, so if you run into unexpected sunshine, you’ll stay protected too. We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out though, the best part about this lightweight rain jacket…it’s composed of 100% recycled materials. Now that’s something that will put a smile on your face, even on a rainy day.
Last on our list but still a favorite are these ultra-high rise, moisture-wicking and quick drying bike shorts. It comes with a barely-know-it’s-there back stash pocket with a zip opening on the side so you can be assured your small items are safely stowed. No side seams keep your silhouette sleek, and of course it’s made from 87% recycled material making it clean looking and clean for the planet.