Happy New Year! A new year and a new start, for some. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions for women is to lose weight/get in shape/get fitter/go to the gym more often (or something to the same effect). Even if ramping up your exercising routine didn’t make it into your resolutions this year, here is some ethical activewear sure to help motivate (or reward) you:


1. Organic Cotton Yoga Bra Crop Top by From Clothing from The Beautiful Think / 2. Atrium Shorts by Kowtow from Green Horse / 3. Bamboo Twisted Back Swara Top by Do U Speak Green? from Shift to Nature / 4. Hallie Tee by People Tree5. Fitted Crop Legging by Green Apple Active6. Perfect Yoga Geneve Pant by Prancing Leopard7. Cosy Hoodie by People Tree

Funnily enough, it was buying ethical activewear (or trying to buy it…!) that was one of the driving forces behind me starting to write One Fair Day. Around the beginning of last year (I can say that now!), when I made the decision to start shopping more consciously, I looked in stores and online for ethical activewear without success. Does anyone remember the criticism Nike received in the 1990s when it was discovered they were operating out of sweatshops? Yeah, well, if that scenario is anything to go by, activewear does not have the best history when it comes to ethical production. And it appears that there is still a long way to go. Unfortunately, at the beginning of last year, I couldn’t find any Fairtrade certified activewear. Don’t get me wrong – I found plenty of ‘eco’ activewear brands but I couldn’t find any brands that were transparent enough to make me confident that they were also ‘fair’.

I could not bring myself to give up and buy activewear if I wasn’t sure of their ethical credentials. And so I settled for wearing tights with holes in them (!!!) while I continued to research and look for fair trade activewear – or in the very least activewear brands that were actively (excuse the pun) trying to have a positive impact on the world and the people we share it with. At many points of exasperation along this search for ethical activewear, I thought to myself I JUST WISH SOMEONE DID THIS FOR ME! And one day, it occurred to me, that I should be that person for other people. So here I am… still researching, still shopping but now thankfully also sharing it with you :)


1. From Clothing Organic Cotton Yoga Bra Crop Top from The Beautiful Think $49.00AUD on sale from $69.00AUD

Also available in grey and blue.

I also (really) like Green Apple Active Maximum Support Criss-Cross Bra $44.00USD.

Ethical credentials: Otherwise certified (GOTS)

2. Kowtow Atrium Shorts from Green Horse for $127.00AUD

Kowtow was one of the first fair trade brands I found. The quality of their clothing looks incredible – and all made from Fairtrade cotton. I can’t wait to try a garment and these shorts seem like a perfect fit; they’re lovely enough to take you from gym to lunch or the beach.

Ethical credentials: Fairtrade cotton

3. Do U Speak Green? Bamboo Twisted Back Swara Top from Shift to Nature for $42.00AUD 

Black with a pop of colour is my favourite kind of activewear.

For more colour, I like Green Apple Refresh Yoga Cami from Green Horse for $44.00AUD.

Prefer plain T-shirts for exercising in? Try this Fairtrade certified tee from Epona for £4.50GBP. Who said ethical clothing couldn’t be affordable?

Ethical credentials: Otherwise certified (GOTS)

4. People Tree Hallie Tee for £32.00GBP

Ethical credentials: Made by a Fair Trade Organization

5. Green Apple Active Fitted Crop Legging $44.00USD

Fitted leggings always make me feel more supported, which is code for pulling in all my junk. And when you feel good, you work out good. As an added bonus, if you happen to take a spin class, tight fitting leggings avoid any injuries resulting from somehow getting the hem of your pants caught in the wheels (embarrassingly been there, done that).

Ethical credentials: Otherwise certified (GOTS)

6. Prancing Leopard Perfect Yoga Geneve Pant $98.00USD

These pants are a slightly looser fit than the Green Apple Active, but tighter at the ankles which means no riding up (or down, when you’re upside down at yoga). I swear I didn’t just choose these pants because I’ve just returned from Geveve, Switzerland and I’m obsessed with it…

I first came across Prancing Leopard during my research last year. At the time, their website displayed the GOTS certification. I’ve noticed it doesn’t appear to be there anymore which could be a symptom of a website redesign or a change? If it’s the latter, hopefully they’re maintaining the standards which earned them the GOTS certification in the first place. I’ve emailed them with the question and will post an update here with the response.

7. People Tree Cosy Hoodie for £38.00GBP

Ethical credentials: Made by a Fair Trade Organization

Also, PrAna offer some Fair Trade certified clothing and Patagonia have announced that they will offer Fair Trade certified apparel this year. Further down the Fairtrade Spectrum there are some great, ethical substitutes for Fairtrade certified activewear, which I will be sharing on One Fair Day tomorrow. Until then, Happy Friday! Have you got any fitness resolutions or other New Year’s Resolutions?

Yours Fairly,




  1. January 4, 2014 / 10:26 AM

    In my foray into the gym freakiness, I found myself on the hunt for new gym gear mid-2013. At first I was staunchly against getting anything from Nike, but upon further research I found I was actually in the wrong. The pressure from all of their controversial incidents in the past meant that they had a complete turnaround in policy after about 2010. They’re now one of the most transparent fashion retailers in the world as far as the supply chain goes, and their social and environmental responsibility seems pretty robust. Have a look at their corporate site – you might be as surprised as I was.

    Another brand you might be interested in is Gaiam (mostly yoga clothing and accessories).

    • Ashlee
      January 4, 2014 / 2:45 PM

      I actually hadn’t looked on Nike’s website in recent years (or ever!) but I just checked it out. Thanks so much for the tip – it just goes to show what effect consumer pressure can have on a company! Very inspiring example, I hope Nike continues to improve! I also need to check out their new phone app which tracks their environmental impact – have you seen it?

      I’ve come across Gaiam before but at the time I don’t think they were shipping to Australia… do you know if they are now? On a related matter… YOU’RE IN COLORADO? How exciting! Loving following your adventures. x

      • January 5, 2014 / 2:32 AM

        Just sussed the app, it’s so neat! A good way to make choices in the kind of fabrics I wear too.

        Ooh, I only discovered Gaiam after moving here (it’s based in Boulder, about an hour out of Denver) so I’m not sure about shipping.

        And yes, I’m in love with Colorado! I’ve been so bad at blogging lately but life has been so good to me. :)

        • Ashlee
          January 16, 2014 / 12:08 PM

          Colorado is on my places-I-want-to-visit list. It looks incredible there from your gorgeous photos!

  2. January 4, 2014 / 2:01 PM

    So fun! My post had the same theme today. :-)

    • Ashlee
      January 4, 2014 / 2:43 PM

      Awesome, Christy! Great minds think alike ;) Happy New Year to you. I hope you had a wonderful festive season x

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