8 Sustainable Activewear Brands In Asia You Need To Know

Writer Pearl Yan | May 21, 2020

With ethical labour practices, conscious production and eco-friendly fabrics, these activewear brands in Asia are proof that we can make sustainable choices without compromising on style.

Shaza by Shalini
Just launched in April 2020, this new kid on the sustainable fashion block is making major waves. What makes this Thai homegrown brand different is the materials—every piece in the brand’s activewear collections is made of sustainable techno-fabric. 

The brand has partnered up with Italian textile company Carvico, who uses regenerated nylon Econyl sourced from ocean and landfill waste, and American textile company Repreve, who recycles plastic bottles from natural and urban landscapes and landfills to produce 100% eco-friendly activewear. The result? Chic sports bras and pants that are breathable, soft on the skin and UV protective. 

Find out more at instagram.com/shazabyshalini

Flexi Lexi
Bangkok-based activewear brand Flexi Lexi started incorporating plastic-free fabric in all of its collections in 2019, and never looked back ever since. Stylish and comfortable to wear, each outfit is made from approximately 35 post-consumer plastic bottles, which are then turned into Repreve yarn.

The brand’s latest collection is “Into the Jungle”, which features fun, tropical designs like “Hakuna Papaya”, “You’re the Zest” and “Queen of Peacock”—each comes in 4-way stretch and quick dry leggings and crop tops packaged in eco-friendly canvas zipper bag. 

Find out more at flexilexi-fitness.com

V Activewear
Founded by Thai designer Teerut Wongwatanasin, V Activewear is a lifestyle fitness label known for its minimalist designs. Inspired by Teerut’s passion for yoga, the brand features a diverse range of items from swimsuits to sports bras, all made with a fabric that offers UV protection so you can take your workout outdoors. 

The BW20 Eco Collection is the brand’s latest eco-friendly line made of 80% recycled polyester. The black and white collection comes with tank tops, pants, swimsuits, bodysuits and more, offering timeless designs that take care of the environment and your active lifestyle. 

Find out more at vactivewear.com

WE-AR
New Zealand athleisure brand WE-AR is so zen that you’d want to wear it in every yoga practice to give you extra calm. Featuring an elegant, simplistic clothing line that uses only carefully selected textiles such as organic cotton, bamboo and viscose made from the wood pulp of sustainable forests, WE-AR apparel is also ethically made by craftsmen in Bali in an empowering environment.

We especially love the Tri-Ka Organic Leggings, which are made out of luxurious and sustainable bamboo and organic cotton.  The redwood colourway is super eye-catching and the material is oh-so-soft to touch with a body-hugging fit that flatters every body type.  

Find out more at we-ar.com

Girlfriend Collective
An ethical and sustainable brand from head to toe, Girlfriend Collective considers the environment in every step of its manufacturing process. Using only used water bottles recycled from a processing centre monitored by the Taiwanese government, the brand works closely with ECONYL to turn the waste into LITE, a stretchy, lightweight fabric that makes its LITE leggings. 

That’s not all, the brand also produces tees and tanks made of 100% cupro, a delicate fibre from waste the cotton industry leaves behind. With fun colourways, flattering silhouettes and a range of sizes available, Girlfriend Collective has got you covered with outfits that will make you look good and feel even better when you get your sweat on. 

Find out more at girlfriend.com and thereformation.com

Rising Lotus
Designed with active women around the world in mind, Rising Lotus is a Hong Kong-based activewear brand that takes pride in combining style, performance and sustainability. 

Shop its eco-friendly items including the Luna Mesh Bra made from 91% recycled polyester, as well as the Twisty Bra, Hug Me II Leggings and the RL x Angie Collection, which are all composed of 88% recycled polyester.

Find out more at risinglotusclothing.com

Alo Yoga 
One of the biggest yoga apparel brands in the world, Alo Yoga needs no introduction. Loved by celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Hailey Bieber, Alo Yoga is not only trendy—it’s also one of the first global activewear brands to adapt a 100% sweatshop-free and eco-aware policy. 

The brand’s headquarters and LA flagship are powered by solar energy to reduce eco footprint, while the products are made from high quality low-water dyes. With free shipping to multiple countries (Hong Kong included), Alo Yoga takes yogis everywhere from studio to street in style. 

Find out more at aloyoga.com

Lane Eight
Are you tired of carrying your sneakers around, only to wear them during the workout? Enter Lane Eight, a Hong Kong-based trainer brand dedicated to designing shoes for the everyday athlete. 

Every detail of its Trainer AD 1 reflects the brand’s sustainable approach, from the algae-based Bloom foam midsole to recycled knit upper to vegan microfiber overlays. Whether you’re a gym geek or footwear enthusiast, Lane Eight offers day-to-night comfort that doesn’t cost environmental impacts. 

Find out more at laneeight.hk