Looking for ethical options for athleisure wear? Here’s A Guide to Sustainable Canadian Work-From-Home Athleisure Wear!
Don’t judge but I’ve spent the last seven weeks rotating through my go-to athletic wear, clothing I normally put on after a long day of work, now the days are melting into each other and I am pretty sick of my comfy clothing! LOL!
The idea is to FEEL good while you shelter in place. I also wanted to highlight some smaller, local and sustainable brands, they could really use the love right now.
HOW TO SHOP FOR SUSTAINABLE ATHLEISURE WEAR:
Pick the right materials: Avoid synthetic fabrics like polyester, acrylic, nylon, rayon, acetate, spandex, latex, and Kevlar. Synthetic (chemically produced) fabrics are made by joining monomers into polymers, through a process called polymerization.
Synthetic fabrics contain plastic which causes major issues with our waterways thanks to the microplastics that break off during the wash cycle.
Opt for natural fibres like organic cotton, Hemp, merino wool and linen.
Pick pieces you can wear again: At some point we are going to be let out of the house, so make sure to pick pieces that you can wear again, outside of the home.
Pick the right brands: It’s important to choose brands that are sustainable right from the manufacturing process to how they treat and pay their workers.
The fashion industry has a very large footprint in terms of water, chemicals, dyes and energy used in the manufacturing process.
Talk to the brand directly if you are not sure. To ensure the people making the clothes are paid and treated fairly, look for companies that produce here in Canada, they are less like to be using sweatshops and look for third-party certification as well. Especially if there are claims being made you are not sure not. Fair Trade and SA8000 are both good ones to look out for.
My top picks for Sustainable Canadian Work-From-Home Athleisure Wear
How hip is this brand? These cute pieces are made with hemp and organic cotton. I love the fact that 80 percent of the dyes used are from the roots and leaves of plants.
By leading the way in local hemp manufacturing, “crop to top” as they call it, they have created a fun way for people to join the movement toward 100% local supply chain. Seed’s way of life is local to the bone. Because what’s more communal than growing clothing together right in your own black dirt? From crop to top, in Cochrane, Alberta.
All of their garments are designed and manufactured in North America, predominantly Canada, just a few blocks away from our Vancouver, B.C. HQ. This ensures products come from a safe working environment with fair treatment and pay for everyone involved.
They use Organic Cotton Bamboo Fleece. This ethically made fabric is a blend of 60% organic cotton and 40% bamboo viscose. Milled in Montreal, it is fully sustainable and ecologically friendly.
Although organic cotton is already softer than conventional cotton, the bamboo added to this fleece makes it stand out. Because of how soft and eco-friendly this fabric is, it’s incomparable to traditional fleece.
Canadian designed and manufactured every piece is hand-dyed or printed in Canada. Each piece is unique and focuses on performance quality and sustainable fabrics for core pieces. They have really cute tie-dyed leggings, but I love these three items pictured, perfect with jeans.
Made in Canada! In Vancouver, BC. Made from Recycled Bottles, and eco-friendly inks. Their antimicrobial material is made from shellfish! Shellfish allergies? No worries! Shellfish allergies come from the proteins, and no proteins are contained in this Chitosante!
Also, no shellfish are harmed in the process. Inner Fire uses shells recycled from the Food industry – this is their best way of avoiding harsh chemicals. So cool!
Their signature Rompers are made from an incredibly soft and high-quality fabric that is a Rayon from Bamboo and Cotton blend. Each romper is made to order which helps to slow down the fashion cycle and make smaller batch quantities, reducing waste.
They produce in our backyard under our watchful eyes to ensure that clothing is made in the very best working conditions by skilled and talented seamsters. Gotta love that! Look for the Shorty Romper and the Romperalls!
NoMiNoU brings our Canadian heritage to life. Working with local native artists, NoMiNoU gives a portion of sales back to them. High-waisted, and made from recycled plastic bottles, this Canadian brand is definitely one of my favourites.
Each product tells a story of tentree and its mission: to protect the world we play in. For each item sold a tree is planted. They use responsibly sourced materials and give the guarantee of safe and respectful work environments.
So, by the time your tentree product arrives to you, you know that its journey was defined by the smallest environmental footprint, and made proudly by people treated fairly and with dignity. I love their transparency, you can read more on their website.
Yoga Jeans prides itself on responsible, eco-friendly and sustainable materials and methods of production.
They have built a high-quality, eco-conscious brand with jeans 100-per-cent made in their own Canadian factory using the latest laser and wash technologies to reduce their environmental footprint. Style is always on point – from vintage vibes to hipster chic.
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