We’ve been in lockdown for a while, and let’s face it: we may be here a while. Our idea of day to day norms has drastically changed. I’ve sat through so many FaceTime calls, Google Hangouts, and House Parties that I’ve started to forget what people look like from the shoulders down. But I’ve got to imagine that sweat pants are the new norm, because mine are getting a lot of wear.
Just because your sweatpants take zero effort to wear, does not mean they were effortless to make. Keep in mind that all clothing is labor intensive, and people deserve to be paid fair wages for their labor! Here are 10 of my favorite tried and true leisurewear brands. From crop tops to hoodies, yoga pants to joggers, all these items are made in ethical factories using sustainable materials. So it feels good on you, good on your conscience, and good for the Earth.
About: Sustainable leisurewear line made with organic cotton and bamboo, locally produced, made with bare minimum to zero waste. 337Brand partners with One Tree planted, so every order helps plant a tree in areas affected by deforestation.
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About: Comfortable and practical organic cotton clothes made in Fair Trade certified facilities. Pact challenges the stereotype that sustainable clothing is too expensive.
3. Threads 4 Thought
About: Made with sustainable materials like organic cotton, recycled polyester, and lenzing modal. Very transparent company with ethical factories and sustainable production processes. T4T partners with International Rescue Committee to benefit at risk-communities worldwide.
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4. Known Supply
About: Quality staple pieces made ethically in factories in India, Uganda, and Peru. Known Supply believes that clothing manufacturing shouldn’t be nameless and faceless, and the makers should be celebrated. Therefore each piece is signed by the artisan who made it. You can look up the artisan’s name to learn more about the person who made your clothing.
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About: Athleta is a popular athleisure brand owned by The Gap Inc. Athleta is a B Corp certified company, 60% of its materials are made with sustainable fibers (with an end of year goal of 80%), and they empower women through P.A.C.E. and Fair Trade certified products. You can filter Athleta’s products to only see sustainable items.
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About: TentTree is inspired by nature and made by nature. It uses ethically sourced materials, is B Corp, Fair Trade, and gives back to the environment. TentTree has different collections, including a hemp collection, Fair Trade collection, and Golden Spruce collection. For every item you buy, 10 trees are planted.
7. Girlfriend Collective
About: An athleisure company that uses recycled materials and ethical manufacturing. Girlfriend Collective believes that transparency and representation matters, so it includes sizes for all body types.
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8. Alternative Apparel
About: Alternative Apparel sells other ethical brands, but they also have their signature brand. The company uses upcycled cotton fibers with a heavier body and softer texture. It uses recycled cotton to keep textiles out of our landfills.
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About: Everlane creates timeless pieces using ethical factories that provides fair wages for its workers. Everlane includes leisurewear that will make your sweatpants jealous.
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About: A family owned factory in LA. LAMade has easy to wear garments made with ethically and locally sourced fabrics that embody effortless chic California style.
I hope you find the joggers, yoga pants, or hoodie of your dreams! It looks like we might be here awhile.