H&M turns recycled polyester into chic activewear

Models for H&M Conscious Activewear collection

H&M says its new Conscious Activewear collection is made from sustainable materials – namely recycled polyester and elastane.

Described as 'fresh, figure-flattering and fashion-forward', the range comprises sports bras, tights, hoodies and tops. The subtle palette of black, beige and green is meant to evoke nature and sustainability, says the brand.

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"By bringing together the functional and feminine, the aim is to give customers a stylish, conscious sports collection," comments Petra Smeds, Head Designer of Sportswear at H&M.

"And not just through the fabrics – we utilised a new knitting technique that creates seamless garments while using less yarn or fabric waste. Blending function with sustainable thinking and fashion in this way is the way forward."

H&M says the Conscious Activewear collection – designed for training, yoga and running – plays on the theme of 'in it for the long run' and is part of its plan to become '100 per cent circular'. "Ultimately, H&M want to create a closed loop for textiles in which unwanted clothes can be reused or recycled into new treasures," states the brand.

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The pieces will be available in selected stores and online throughout January and February.

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