Sustainable and ethical yoga clothing

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I’ve managed to avoid the topic of yoga clothing for three years now. Yoga clothing was, to me, the paradigm of ugly eco-friendly – organic cotton flaired pants with a purple foldover top, baggy tops with bat wing arms – it all seemed designed to obliterate your ego’s desire to look cute.

Of course, we could have a whole discussion on whether one should want to look cute when doing yoga. I’ve read my fair share of essays ripping apart the Westernization of an imported spiritual practice, as I’m sure you’ve had as well. But if you:

a. Respect yoga’s origins as just one branch of a spiritual practice, yet …

b. Love yoga’s health benefits and want your yoga clothing and accessories to perform while you’re getting sweaty, and …

c. Still want to feel confident as you stride down the street on your way to your favorite studio, plus …

d. Think yoga clothing should absolutely be sustainably and ethically made, because part of yoga is having respect for all living things, then …

We have something in common. Yes, I love myself some athleisure clothing. I want to wear it all the time.

Pivotte top

I mean, you never know when you’re going to run into someone important, especially in New York! This winter I walked out of my building in my humble neighborhood on the South Side of Williamsburg (the uncool side) and ran right into a famous fashion blogger that I admire. If I had been dressed cute, I would have stopped her to talk to her. Instead, I let her pass me by. I was wearing an atrocious outfit because I was “just going to yoga.” Never again. I have a drawer full of flattering, high-performance, sustainable workout clothing, and I intend to wear it.

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The yoga pants are by Inner Fire. They are my most comfortable and flattering yoga pants, with a fabric that is just thick and soft enough. They’re designed and manufactured in Vancouver, BC from 88% recycled plastic bottles and 12% spandex with a naturally derived anti-microbial treatment for moisture wicking, anti-pill and anti-stink properties.

This yoga mat is by Yoga Design Lab. It’s a combo mat, made for hot yoga class. Its soft, grippy surface precludes the need for a yoga towel. It’s made of biodegradable, recyclable 100% natural tree rubber and water based inks, and is free from silicone, toxic glue, and phthalates.

Nomadix hot yoga towel

This pretty yoga mat towel is by Nomadix. It’s made from 100% recycled material (80% polyester / 20% nylon). I took it with me to hot yoga a few times to put on top of my other yoga mat, and it absorbed all my sweat and stayed put all of class. I don’t recommend using it to wipe your face – you should bring a hand towel for that – because it’s a bit too abrasive. (My face stung for a few hours after when I tried that.) But I love that it’s so versatile. You can bring it to the pool or beach, or out camping, too, since it folds up small.

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And last but certainly not least, the top! It’s the Touring Tank by Pivotte, an NYC-based brand that creates clothing that sits slightly on the professional side of athleisure. It’s quality, high-performance, easy to take care of, and embodies effortless style for work, travel, and fitness. I like this tank because I could wear it in yoga class, and also on the plane and layered under a jacket or cardigan, even to a meeting. It’s moisture-wicking, breathable, wrinkle-resistant, and odor resistant, with a sustainable Merino wool and Tencel blend that resists pilling.

And now that it’s officially summer, all these qualities are important for keeping you dry and fresh smelling! So Pivotte is celebrating the launch of this fun, citrus color by giving one away to you. Enter below to win.

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