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Easy Breezy Pieces: Sustainable New Yoga & Activewear

by Rona Berg

These sustainable new yoga and activewear brands are taking it up a notch when it comes to style and comfort.

There’s a reason why activewear is so popular right now. It’s comfortable, super-stylish, and now, eco-friendly fabrics—from bamboo, to cork, to recycled plastic—have become so soft and sophisticated, it’s hard to come up with a reason not to wear them.

Each of these eco-friendly finds offers something unique. There is a cork yoga mat that is recyclable, biodegradable, 100 percent renewable and antimicrobial, only a few of the reasons why cork is becoming an increasingly popular material. Light and stylish leggings made from recycled plastic bottles, bamboo compression socks to roll on just before your long-haul flight, which apply gentle pressure to the legs and feet, to help massage legs and feet to improve circulation and prevent swelling. And a company that cares about social responsibility, with a variety of women-empowering initiatives. A good time to support brands that are trying to do good!


We love the clean, strong lines—no bunching, no friction—and the fabulous fit on these stylish leggings! And Hau Greene, the female founder of Visakai, is committed to giving back to philanthropies that empower women. Recently, for example, for every pair of leggings purchased, the California brand donated a pair to Woman, Inc. in San Francisco and Downtown Women’s Center in LA. 


Made from recycled plastic bottles, these Yummy & Trendy leggings fit beautifully, and resist pilling and wick away sweat. Founder Veronica Rosas travels the globe and wanted comfy pieces that would transition effortlessly from the gym to a dinner meeting. Made in the USA, they are also perfect for outdoor yoga on a sunny day, with UPF 50+ protection, too. 

BAMBOO Compression Socks

Frequent travelers know how annoying it can be to arrive at your destination with swollen legs, ankles or feet after a long-haul flight. But there’s an easy way to prevent it: compression socks! These Bamboo Compression Socks from Cabeau will also wick away sweat, which comes in handy on a long flight. 

CORK Yoga Mats

Harvested in Portugal, cork is a renewable material sourced from the cork tree. It’s become a surprisingly appealing material to use for yoga mats. Corc yoga mats feature a honeycomb structure, and cork is also extremely durable, will not slip and features a surface that is easy to grip. And for any yogis who may be allergic to latex or don’t love natural rubber, cork is the way to go! 

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