Activewear made from plastic bottles

The effects of plastic on the environment is detrimental. There’s over 12m tonnes of plastic that enters the marine environment every year. These brands are impacting the environment for a sustainable future with Activewear made from plastic bottles.

They turn plastic into the most beautiful activewear pieces. So why not wear great looking pieces that will make you feel powerful knowing the impact that one piece has.

We’ve researched some incredible activewear brands that you will not want to miss out on, most are activewear made from plastic bottles, while others use recycled materials.


‘Made for people on this planet’

They use only recycled materials to make their items that would otherwise be thrown away. They are also trying to source all of their materials locally in East LA.

One thing that we don’t always think about is the fabric waste, those little off cut pieces. Nube thought of that too, and sell these off cut pieces to companies who buy scraps to make mops. Or even working with artists and fashion students who can use these scraps to make something incredible.

The dyes and finishes are non toxic, low impact and lead free. Which could otherwise have a massive impact on the water waste and earth. And last but not least, their packaging and shipping materials are plastic free, and completely recycled and recyclable. The kraft mailers, order confirmation paper, postcards, and hang tags can be tossed in with your paper recycling and are all naturally biodegradable. No detail is too small- their office paper is made using wind power through credit purchasing!

There’s so much to love about this company!

Nube Activewear

Outdoor Voices

‘Outdoor Voices is on a mission to get the world moving. We believe freeing fitness from performance starts with having fun and generating endorphins. That’s why we create high quality products for Recreation that make you feel strong, confident, and ready for #DoingThings’.

Outdoor Voices abide by three core values:

  • People — Human, not superhuman. We put real people at the center of everything that we do, and we support equality and human rights for everyone. 
  • Planet — Protect our Playground. We design our product and operate our business through a lens of circularity and longevity to minimize environmental impact.
  • Product — Quality above all else. We work with manufacturing partners that provide best-in-class product quality, and share our values for human rights and environmentalism. 

They have prioritized solutions for raw materials — specifically, fabrics and packaging — as they account for nearly 70% of our environmental impact. While also being committed to only ever using packaging that is both recycled and recyclable.

And they don’t stop there. To address the other 30% of their impact, they are incorporating environmentally-conscious decision-making across all aspects of their business:

  • Headquarters — Run a stipend-based carless commuter program
  • Shops — Incorporating sustainable design elements in new builds, such as recycled rubber flooring
  • Partnerships — Launched partnerships with WWF, The Nature Conservancy, and CHOOOSE to generate funds for and drive education around sustainability, conservation and carbon offsetting
  • Events — Eliminated single-use plastics from all community events

We love this brand for their transparency, Here’s what they’re looking in to achieve currently:

  • Eliminate all waste from community events, with 90% landfill diversion
  • Launch circular product take-back and repair programs
  • Increase percentage of traceable fibers from recycled sources seasonally (Goal: 80% by 2022)
  • Increase number of bluesign certified fabrics seasonally (Goal: 50% by 2021)

They have a wide variety of men and women’s wear, ranging from activewear to day-to-day wear – be sure to check them out!

The powerhouse bra from Outdoor Voices


Invites you to Join the movement. And look good. In comfort-stretch performance wear, yoga clothes, and gear made with REPREVE® recycled performance fiber.

They are currently recycling more than 26 billion plastic bottles!

The brands on their site are using REPREVE fiber to make high-quality products from trusted recycled content. From surf wear to outdoor gear to car interiors, they’re changing the world. Take a moment and browse through their site where you can find activewear, footwear, house and interior items, swimwear, underwear, the list goes on.

REPREVE’s brand partners recognize that creating a sustainable future must begin now. That’s why together they’ve diverted more than 25 billion plastic bottles from the waste stream and are on target to reach 30 billion in 2022. What’s more, by using REPREVE there is less reliance on petroleum which saves energy and decreases greenhouse gas emissions.

Repreve – Strong & Sustainable

Girlfriend Collective

Another transparent company, which is so refreshing! Did you know that almost all synthetic activewear is made from plastic? They just make theirs with materials that would otherwise clog landfills and pollute the earth. It all starts with 100% post-consumer water bottles that have their labels removed, are crushed into billions of miniscule chips, and then washed until they’re sparkling clean.

After a bunch of science stuff with names like “polymerization,” you get a soft, recycled yarn that eliminates the need for petroleum and diverts water bottles from landfills at the same time.

Here’s a breakdown of each of their products and how it stacks up:

They make use of 100% recycled and recyclable packaging. Their compressive leggings and bras collection is made from recycled polyester and spandex. While their leggings are made from 25 recycled post-consumer bottles, and the bras are made from 11 bottles! How incredible is that!

Our tees and tanks are 100% cupro, a delicate fiber made from waste the cotton industry leaves behind.

So not only is their range reusable and adorable, it’s just as good for the earth as the rest of their line.

They have an entire page set out to explain exactly where each part of the process is helping the earth, read through it here.

Diversity by Girlfriend Collective

There’s so many brands that we would still love to share with you! But for now it’s so powerful to see these brands that are using recycled plastic to create activewear that impacts the environment for a sustainable future.

If only we can get the extremely big brands to also make the switch, then perhaps our world will have a chance to breathe! Let’s get on board and support these brands that are impacting the environment for a sustainable future with Activewear made from plastic bottles

Have a look at some of our other posts where we share some incredible fitness studios that might be situated close to you! And also some tips and tricks on finding the perfect gift for those special occasions.


Romi has been writing for Bookamat since 2020. She loves adventuring, practicing yoga and writing about the latest fitness trends.
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