5 Ethical Alternatives to Lululemon
Ethical athleisure brands to help you look good, feel good, and do good.
There’s a good chance you’ve started hearing the term athleisure wear a lot the past few years; that’s largely thanks to Lululemon, the activewear giant and popularizer of our beloved yoga pants. It’s no wonder that we all caught on to the athleisure trend Lululemon started—when you can go to work in the same clothes you work out and hang around the house in, you’re pretty much living the dream!
While Lululemon is taking some steps to make their brand good for people and the planet, they’ve still got a little ways to go. But we’ve got some fantastic brands who are already killing it by producing ethical, affordable, comfy activewear that looks great.
Bewildher offers leggings, yoga pants, shirts, dresses, and long inseam, anti-chafing workout shorts. I just bought a pair of their leggings, and what I love besides how comfortable they are is that their high-waisted design offers great tummy control. So long, muffin tops!
Bewildher prides itself on being a slow fashion company—they sew only what is needed, as it is needed. Because of this, Bewildher is able to offer plus-sized leggings in many of their styles, and some styles even have the option to request a size.
As part of their dedication to slow fashion, Bewildher is passionate about doing good for the planet—every pair of their leggings contains about 3.4 recycled plastic bottles.
Yogavated Athletics offers athleisure wear with an aesthetic twist. This brand is passionate about bringing originality back to fashion, so all of their activewear features real art that was originally hand painted by different artists around the world.
All of their designs are limited-time, so when you wear Yogavated Athletics, you can be assured that you’ll be standing out from the crowd.
Like all of our brands, Yogavated Athletics is committed to doing good for people and the planet. To keep themselves a zero-waste company, Yogavated Athletics makes headbands out of their excess fabric, and for every headband sold, they plant a tree in Madagascar’s rainforest.
You may have heard about Pact Apparel from us before, and there’s a good reason for that! Their clothes are comfortable, affordable, and they look great.
Pact has all the athleisure essentials for men, women, and kids, but what I’m most excited about is the fact that they have super soft, organic cotton leggings with pockets! You finally have a convenient place to keep your keys and phone when you go for a jog or to run errands.
Pact promises to make super soft and high-quality garments by using no toxic dyes, no pesticides, and producing their merchandise in fair trade certified factories.
Yoga Democracy offers everything you need to hit the gym—from yoga pants, shorts, and tops, to swimwear and even yoga mats. Their products are already super cute, but to up the adorable factor, they even make matching girls’ leggings (looking at you, mom who likes to match her kids).
Yoga Democracy thinks that length should never be a reason to not love your leggings and yoga pants, so they offer a free hemming service with return shipping to their customers.
All Yoga Democracy products are ethically made in the USA, and 95% of what they produce is made from recycled fabrics.
If you’re looking for great multipurpose tops for the gym, the office, and general out-and-about days, Sudara has got you covered. Tops like the Aruna (pictured) are versatile, comfortable, and beautiful.
Sudara products are made at sewing centers in India, where women who are vulnerable to human trafficking are taught to sew and are offered meaningful employment that earns a living wage. Sudara equips these women and their children with education, housing, and even microloans to start their own businesses.
To make their products even more special, each Sudara design is named after a real woman who works in the sewing center where it is made.