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10 Best Australian Made Sustainable and Ethical Activewear Brands

10 Best Australian Made Sustainable and Ethical Activewear Brands. Woman jumping in the air. Photo by Peter Conlan. Image via Unsplash

Stop sweating over fast fashion! Rep locally made, Australian and sustainable activewear brands!

As a society we are making more sustainable and environmentally conscious choices in the food we eat, the cleaning chemicals we use and the beauty products we buy. But what about our activewear?

Traditionally, sportswear is made using highly toxic non-reusable chemicals which harm not only our own health, but also the health of our precious planet. Does this mean you have to choose between the environment and staying active? The answer is no.

Now, thanks to these 10 Australian made activewear brands, you can workout, grab a coffee or lounge on the couch with a clear conscious.

From your first bicep curl to the last push up, cleanse your wardrobe with these sustainable and ethical Australian made activewear brands!

<strong>Boody</strong>
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Boody

Boody’s vision is to create better luxury basics that not only do good for the environment, but feel as equally good on your skin – all without the guilt! Each piece is so supersoft and lightweight, you won’t want to take it off! Their fabrics are breathable and contain moisture wicking anti-bacterial properties and are made from a UPF50+ rated fabric to protect from ultraviolet (UV) damage. Using organically grown materials, all Boody garments are hypoallergenic, anti-static and thermoregulating – making it the ideal companion on your cold morning run or as a light layer for your springtime walk.

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<strong>Dharma Bums</strong>
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Dharma Bums

‘Dharma Bum’ refers to wanderers of the world who practice anti-materialism by wearing clothes from second hand stores. This Australian made activewear brand teams the spiritual consciousness of a Dharma Bum with the style of a contemporary cat walk! Inspired by the stunning serenity of Sydney beaches, their colourful activewear proves sustainability doesn’t have to be boring! Using up to 16 recycled PET water bottles to create a recycled polyester for their leggings; Dharma Bums ensures that with their non-slip waistband you never have a slip-up or -down when you workout!

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<strong>dk active</strong>
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dk active

Pep up your morning bike ride and turn heads as you cycle past thanks to dk active! Each piece of dk active clothing is designed, manufactured and made locally in Australia. Apart from reducing their carbon footprint, their garments have UPF50+ protection and their collection features a range of recycled, bamboo and ECONYL® fabrics. Leading the market for sustainable, body positive activewear, dk active are committed to ensuring every woman has access to activewear that fits their unique body. High quality, durable, ultra comfortable and easy to slip on, meaning no changing room struggles at the gym!

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<strong>Elle Evans</strong>
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Elle Evans

Elle Evans is a pioneer for environmentally conscious couture activewear. They predominantly use ECONYL® which is made from plastic waste dredged from the sea and each sportswear item is delicately printed in Australia with water-based non-toxic inks. Dedicated to proving every woman can feel fit and fabulous at any size, which is why they offer a range of sizes from XS to XXXL – they are also titled as one of the best Australian made sustainable activewear brands. With a collection including bike shorts that are perfect for the warmer months, thanks to their seamless waist preventing dig-ins, you’ll instead be focusing on flexibility so you can squat till you drop!

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<strong>First Base</strong>
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First Base

Inspired by surf and skate culture, Founder and designer behind First Base, Alison Cotton, has been working towards sustainability with her low key laidback sportswear since 2015. Using recycle, repurpose and restyle as the three pillars of her business, Alison has since taken on partnerships with Toyota and their Yaris Hybrid – proving she can dress cars as well as humans! As for her wearable sportswear collection, it features 100% organic cotton tops which First Base suggest to wear as a badge of honour for surviving the past two crazy years!

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<strong>Icebreaker</strong>
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Icebreaker

Founded in 1995, Icebreaker is celebrating over 25 years of world-class natural apparel with their sustainable and stylish pieces. Pushing the boundaries of what is achievable when it comes to sustainability, Icebreaker is proud to announce that not only will their materials be plastic-free by 2023, but 87% of their total fibre composition is natural. For a new piece of activewear to add to your wardrobe, we’d recommend one of their garments that is made using merino material that doubles as an odourless moisture wicking technology and temperature regulation fabric – a positive for the environment and less laundry for you!

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<strong>Lorna Jane</strong>
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Lorna Jane

Lorna Jane is continually striving to increase their range of ethically and environmentally conscious clothing. They source reusable and biodegradable materials where possible, their professional printing uses soy-based inks, water-based varnish and chlorine-free pulps and, on top of that, they are reducing emissions by shipping directly from manufacturer to store. Providing Aussie’s with a go-to for sustainable and ethical activewear, Lorna Jane’s range is not only flattering, stylish and practical, but they are made using recycled materials too!

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<strong>Nimble</strong>
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Nimble

Since 2015, Nimble has recycled over one million plastic bottles into sleek, sustainable and stylish activewear that is breathable and, most importantly, dependable. Using two recycled plastic bottles to make a sports bra; each bottle is carefully broken down into flakes, melted into pellets, spun into yarn and then seamlessly woven into long lasting fabrics. Goodbye drab and dreary sports bras, hello stylish and sophisticated support! Better yet, Nimble’s sports bra collection is also fitted with removable padding and four-way support for ultimate confidence on your next run!

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<strong>SQD Athletica</strong>
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SQD Athletica

Understanding that real men care about the planet, SQD Athletica set out on a mission to ensure that each piece of high quality sportswear is built to last – especially through high performance workouts. Using recycled plastic bottles for their Orion collection, this Brisbane-based brand believes that quality should not come at the cost of the environment. Using traceable materials and opting for sea transportation of products rather than air; from manufacturing to shipping and selling, SQD Athletica is the eco-conscious champion we all need in our wardrobes.

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<strong>Team Timbuktu</strong>
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Team Timbuktu

Team Timbuktu was born out of frustration with the hoards of ugly and uncomfortable synthetic sportswear on the market. With a background in fashion, Founder Rhianna knew there was a way to make functional, sustainable and stylish activewear that does not harm the environment. Replacing the oil that is traditionally used to make polyester with society’s abundance of plastic bottles, Team Timbuktu created a waste-reducing-way to reinvent sportswear. With recycled plastic bottles at their forefront; each piece is engineered for movement and is so soft it feels like a second skin – the perfect way to effortlessly transition into a downward dog.

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Feature image: Photographed by Peter Conlan. Image via Unsplash.
Editor’s Note: This article does contain affiliate links which allow us to make revenue off some purchases made by our readers. This article was first published on October 21 2021. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on January 18 2022.
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