Whether you live in your gym gear, use fitness apparel as a motivational tool, or just love the athleisure look, finding the right kind of activewear to suit your needs can be tricky.

Garments that are meant to be durable, washed often, and resistant to a lot of movement, sportswear can have a detrimental effect on the environment. By relying on synthetic materials and chemical-heavy manufacturing, we may not realize how harmful our purchases can be.

Although there is always the possibility of buying second-hand clothes, you may prefer that your sportswear is your own. After all, these clothes are made to sweat! Fortunately, this dilemma has been solved by sustainability-focused sportswear brands, and we have our fair share of such companies here in Ireland.

From gym leggings to sports bras, here are some of the best Irish companies specializing in sustainable sportswear…

Organic movement

By carefully curating collections of organic cotton and sustainably produced yoga apparel, Organic Movement strives to make ethical and eco-friendly activewear accessible to everyone. Hand-picking beautifully designed yoga apparel, ethically and sustainably produced in Bali and Europe, all leggings in the mainline collection are high waisted and made from a natural fabric that exudes comfort and softness throughout. allowing your skin to breathe freely.

AWAVE Clothing

Founded by two young lads from Dublin, AWAVE Apparel doesn’t just make comfortable, durable sportswear you can happily buy. Going further, every AWAVE garment takes plastic out of circulation and reinvests in cleaning up our oceans. A regenerative business seeking to undo the damage already done, this Irish company has pledged to reinvest 100% of its profits into ocean cleanup charities for at least two years.

HOLDER Eight

This brand specializes in eco-friendly yoga products that will bring joy to your practice. Their range of carefully created and hand drawn designs includes naturally biodegradable rubber mats, BPA free bottles and a selection of 100% organic cotton sweatshirts with beautiful embroidery details. Ethically sourced and super soft for everyday wear, these HOLDER Eight sweaters come in a range of beautiful colors.

Fianna

Inspired by its customers to be a force of nature, Fianna puts people and planet first. The Anam collection is carbon neutral, made with 100% Global Recycle Standard certified materials, and for every piece sold, the brand plants a tree. Their Thrive collection is also 100% offset with Vita Ireland and made with up to 86% recycled materials.

Olly Olly & Cie

The slogan “make waves, not waste” is certainly fitting for this sustainable sportswear brand. Using fabrics made from reclaimed ocean waste, Olly Olly & Co ensure that every step of their supply chain is based on ethical standards, sustainable manufacturing and carbon footprint considerations. Born in Ireland, designed in London and made in Portugal, each piece is crafted with care.