By Morwenna Kearns
Feeling sporty? Quality, ethically made gear for sports and swimming isn't hard to find – brands are (star) jumping on board the eco-friendly train. Here are some of our favourites.
The Only Way Is Essex star and entrepreneur Lucy Mecklenburgh teamed up with ellesse this year for the sportswear brand's first ever collection made from recycled materials. Sports bras, shorts, leggings, running vests and jackets are made using recycled polyethylene – essentially turning your sports drink bottles into performance fabric.
Volcom got pro surfers Coco Ho, Quincy Davis and Maud Le Car to model its Simply Solid Swim range so we're assuming it's tough enough for the sea and not just poolside lounging. It's made from Econyl, a fabric manufactured from discarded fishing nets and other waste cleared up from the ocean, and looks amazing.
Weekday's extensive swimwear collection for men and women is made from recycled polyamide and polyester and is fully leisure centre friendly. Sure, there are some stunning teeny bikinis but also more sporty one-pieces and even a long-sleeved swim top.
Sundried comes from proper sporty roots – as in, they do triathlons and have ambassadors like Claire Steels (pictured) – and that go-hard-or-go-home approach applies to its ethical manufacturing policies too: the original Sundried range is handmade in Portugal and some pieces even use fabric made from old coffee grounds.
Some of Sports Philosophy's pieces are made using recycled fibres and all, according to the brand, are made ethically. The collection is all about the combination of performance and aesthetics, and we love the laser cutout details and prism patterns.