Yoga is becoming big business with reports this week that Yoga and Meditation are continuing to rise rapidly in popularity in the US. A trend you can be sure we’ll see replicated across the world.
But with the increasing popularity of Yoga comes a host of business trying to cash in on a trend, and not all of them come with the best ethical credentials.
Whether you’re looking for a Christmas gift for a loved one, a new yoga mat for yourself, or brands that you can recommend to your students, or even stock in your Yoga studio, here are some of our favourite Eco-Friendly Yoga brands which are based in and mainly supply to the UK.
Asquith London is an activewear brand that swears never to put profit before people or the planet.
The clothing is all made in a family run factory in Southern Turkey using eco-friendly, organic cotton and bamboo fabric.
As well as stylish yoga wear for men and women they also have plus size and maternity recommendations, and stock a range of accessories and yoga mats from other eco-friendly brands.
Carrot Banana Peach has been around for 20 years. Designer Nigel Thomas Gartside worked for Nike International, until he left in 1999. Whilst recovering from a Rugby injury in Hong Kong in 2000 he was inspired to create a yoga-focused collection made from organic cotton.
Their range now includes bamboo yoga clothing, Banana fitness clothes, Soybean yoga retreat wear and Aloe Vera clothing and accessories. On the site you can find activewear, as well as yoga mats, blocks, straps and accessories like hairbands.
Adrenna activewear can be made to order and offers the opportunity to customise features like the length and add or remove pockets.
The range offers sports bras, tees and leggings for women only, there is currently no mens range.
Patterns are cut to minimise waste, fabrics are sourced locally from Europe to minimise air miles and they only work with fabric mills that have third-party certifications (Bluesign and Oeko-Tex) for eco and non-toxic dyes.
BAM, unsurprisingly, specialises in clothing made from Bamboo fabric. Bamboo is biodegradable, thrives without pesticides or fertilisers and yields the same amount as cotton from just 10% of the land area, making it a great choice for eco-friendly clothing.
It’s also super soft, antibacterial and kind to your skin. They offer mens and womens ranges that include everything from active and lounge wear to socks and underwear.
Bella Kinesis is a sportswear company that focuses on empowering women. Their products are made in Britain in a factory in Yorkshire and each item of sportswear sold funds a business education for a woman in rural India.
People Tree are a well established ethical clothing brand, and their activewear selection offers basics for women, like leggings and sports bras that are ethically crafted by artisans in Fair Trade factories.
Starseeds is a slow fashion brand that launched in 2014 after a trip around Asia by the founders that they found eye-opening. Their activewear for both men and women is made from organic cotton, bamboo, ramie or recycled blends and designed and made in Europe.
They also have a range made from recycled polyester and waste coffee grounds. The coffee in the fabric helps lock away odours and offers a natural UV protection.
Sundried are an ethical activewear brand that goes beyond yoga wear. They also sell products aimed at tri-athletes, runners and cyclists. This means that as well as yoga wear and yoga mats you can also pick up touch screen gloves, race number belts and BPA-Free water bottles on their site.
Sundrieds ethical credentials include a partnership with the Low Carbon Innovation Fund and extends through their whole supply chain, from fabric selection and design to manufacture.
Gossypium Yoga and Activewear products are made to order from sustainable fabrics like organic cotton and beechwood fibres. They are made by a small team in a Workshop on the edge of the South Downs, rather than in a factory.
This is really the bespoke end of ethical activewear made from soft silky materials by a small team in the UK.