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BRAND SPOTLIGHT – GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE

Traditionally made activewear is manufactured using harmful synthetic fabrics including polyester, nylon and acrylic. These materials consume a huge amount of energy and chemicals when they are manufactured and create micro-plastic waste which pollute and poison our oceans and rivers.

Founded 2016, the founders of activewear brand Girlfriend Collective discovered a way of making polyester entirely from recycled water bottles. Since then, Girlfriend Collective have led the way in creating beautiful, functional activewear that is both sustainably made and kind to the planet.

Here’s how:

Compressive Leggings, Bras and Reusable Pouch

These are made from 79% recycled polyester and 21% spandex. The leggings are made from 25 recycled post-consumer bottles and the bras are made from 11.

LITE Leggings

Made from recycled fishing nets and other waste using ECONYL® yarn, their LITE fabric is made up of 83% recycled nylon and 17% spandex.

Cupro

All tees and tanks are made from cupro, a fibre made from waste from the cotton industry and the yarn is made from zero-waste, zero-emissions facility in Japan.

Packaging

Their packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable

To add to this, Girlfriend Collective use a unique dying eco-friendly dying process whereby wastewater is carefully treated and cleaned before being released. If this isn’t enough, they donate the dye mud to a local pavement facility where it’s recycled into sidewalks and roads.

Shop the Girlfriend Collective collection or discover more sustainable activewear brands through our activewear edit

About the Author

Robyn Blake

Robyn Blake

As Co-Founder of GAIA, Robyn is a Digital Marketing and Brand specialist with over 10 years of experience within fashion and retail and a growing obsession with sustainability. After having worked for some of the UK’s leading brands including Vivienne Westwood, Marks and Spencer and Selfridges and having lectured in Fashion Business (at the Istituto Marangoni in London), Robyn felt it was time to use the knowledge she has harnessed to create positive change within the industry.

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