Do you remember a time when your workout outfit consisted of a pair of old sweatpants and a T-shirt?
Those days are long gone, my friend. The athletic-wear industry has majorly stepped up its game with high-performance fabrics, numerous styling options, and fashion-forward designs. So now, you need to really get "dressed" for the gym with high-performance gear made of antimicrobial, anti-odor fabrics.
But it turns out that many of those comfortable blends and performance qualities we do want in our workout clothes come from unsustainable raw materials and chemical treatments that we definitely don't want. For instance, triclosan, traditionally used as a coating for antibacterial and antimicrobial fabrics, has been shown to cause cancer in mice. Meanwhile, nanoparticle silver, used in anti-odor and antimicrobial activewear (but not tested for consumer safety!), is linked to endocrine disruption and produces "adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife" according to the NIH.
Since workout clothes stick to the skin after a good, sweaty workout, you want to be sure you really understand what chemicals go into them. That's why my team over at Project JUST compiled this list of stylish athletic brands that offer high-quality products with a positive environmental and social impact. Check out our top four here: