The Best Sustainable Running Clothing 2023

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The Best Sustainable Running Clothing 2023

Twice a year we carefully choose our clothing range. We want you to fall in love with the products we love ourselves. It’s not only about the colour, or cut, or the lightness of the fabric – although we love all of that too! – we also care how each product has been made.

We ask the same questions as you: What’s the environmental impact of this jacket's production? How much water is needed for this T-shirt to be produced? What’s the carbon footprint of having these shorts on our hanger? Is this top made in a safe workplace, and in a socially responsible way? Is this material long-lasting. Is the fabric biodegradable or made from recycled materials?

Let’s choose our running gear by choosing positive change for the planet!

 Jackets / Long-Sleeve Tops / TightsShorts / T-ShirtsVests / UnderwearAccessories

WHAT DO WE ACTUALLY MEAN BY SUSTAINABLE?

  1. RENEWABLE MATERIALS
    Many brands are now using polyester made from recycled plastics. Others use natural fibres like merino wool.
  2. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
    Reducing carbon emissions, as well as responsible use of chemicals and packaging. Garments are durable to reduce waste.
  3. ETHICAL PRODUCTION
    Ensuring fair working practices throughout the supply chain. Some brands also have a commitment against animal cruelty.
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MOST SUSTAINABLE RUNNING BRANDS

Below we’ve selected the newest apparel that has fully transparent production, made with care for the natural environment and with fair working practices. (At the end of this article you can find links to the transparency of all the featured companies).

  • ADIDAS
    MISSION: reduce plastic waste • increase use of recycled materials • reduce carbon emissions • respect human rights
  • BROOKS
    MISSION: responsible sourcing • reduce emissions • increase use of recycled materials • 100% vegan friendly
  • CIELE
    MISSION: increase use of recycled materials, moving away from first-use polyester • reduce waste • use sustainable packaging
  • HELLY HANSEN
    MISSION: sustainable materials • long-lasting garments from durable fabric • fair working practices
  • ICEBREAKER
    MISSION: Produce high-tech running clothing from natural fibres like Merino wool • Create deep & long term relationships with the Merino growers
  • JANJI
    MISSION: reduce plastic packaging • 50% of their materials made with recycled plastic • support clean water projects • collaborate with local artists
  • ODLO
    MISSION: reduce environmental impact throughout supply chain • durable materials • fair working practices
  • ON
    MISSION: reduce material usage & CO2 emissions • circular approach to design & production to reduce waste • prioritise fair and safe working conditions
  • PRESSIO
    MISSION: developing virgin yarn performance into sustainable alternatives • fully traceable and audited supply chain • earth-friendly, no-dye technology • 60%+ savings in water, power and chemicals
  • RONHILL
    MISSION:  increase use of recycled materials • awarded 'Leader Status' by Fair Wear Foundation since 2016 based on 8 strict Code of Labour Practices.
Men's Brooks Canopy Jacket

Sustainable Running Jackets

A good, technical and breathable running jacket is a must have for autumn-winter! Don’t let the wind or rain slow you down.

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Men's Ronhill Tech LTW Jacket
£80.00 £55.00

Keeps you protected from the elements, yet very breathable and lightweight.

Men's On Weather Jacket
£190.00 £152.00

Lightweight, Japanese stretchy and breathable fabrics.

Men's Odlo Zeroweight Jacket
£90.00 £68.00

Ventilated on the back with reflective detailing and an athletic fit.

Women's Brooks Canopy Jacket
£90.00 £54.00

Lightweight 4-way stretch and tearproof Japanese fabrics.

Women's Odlo Zeroweight Print Jacket
£100.00 £65.00

The whole jacket stuffs into a built-in backpack integrated with the back of the garment.

Women's Janji Rainrunner Pack GFX Jacket
£175.00

Ventilated on the back with reflective detailing and an athletic fit.

Sustainable Long Sleeve Running Tops

Layering is a great way to stay warm in winter, without overheating as you run. Baselayers are fitted close to the skin. Those made from wool or other thermal fabrics ensure you keep you warm in cold conditions. All of our tops are made from technical fabrics that wick away the sweat as you work out. Staying dry helps to avoid an additional chill factor. 

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Men's Icebreaker 175 Half Zip Merino Baselayer
£80.00 £64.00

Men's Janji Repeat Merino Baselayer
£70.00 £57.00

Men's Helly Hansen Lifa Merino Half Zip Baselayer
£70.00

Women's Icebreaker 175 Merino Baselayer
£70.00 £56.00

Women's Janji Runterra Bio GFX Top
£58.00 £46.00

Women's Odlo Essential Ceramiwarm Half Zip Top
£50.00 £30.00

Sustainable Running Tights and Trousers

Running tights and trousers come in various weights and lengths. Thin ones are designed to regulate body temperature while providing a layer of protection. Thicker versions – some of which are thermal –offer more protection in really cold conditions. Choose depending on the conditions you'll be running in, how long you'll be out for, and how much you feel the cold.

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Men's Janji Transit Tech Pants
£75.00

Men's Odlo Element Warm Tights
£50.00

Men's On Running Pants
£135.00

Women's Janji Mercury Joggers
£78.00 £65.00

Women's Ronhill Tech X Tights
£90.00

Women's Odlo Zeroweight Print Reflective Tights
£90.00

Running Shorts

Sustainable Loose Running Shorts

These breathable and lightweight bottoms feel like wearing nothing but still provide the coverage you need. Choose a length that suits you best...

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Men's Pressio Arahi 6.5in shorts
£55.00 £42.00

The upcycled fabric uses recycled PET water bottles, which helps preserve the ground we run on.

Men's Brooks Sherpa 5in Shorts
£50.00 £39.00

Centre back zip pocket fits a phone, plus two oversized hip pockets expand to fit other essentials.

Men's Ronhill Life Unlined 5in Shorts
£33.00 £20.00

Relaxed fit, breathable, one back pocket, made from 100% recycled polyester.

Women's Ronhill Tech Revive Shorts
£36.00 £27.00

Lightweight inner knickers are engineered from eco-conscious, breathable, high-wicking fabric in recycled yarn.

Women's Pressio Arahi 3in shorts
£45.00 £35.00

The upcycled fabric uses recycled PET water bottles, which helps preserve the ground we run on.

Women's Janji AFO Middle 3in Shorts
£55.00 £44.00

A perfect overlayer for extra freedom during your run.

Sustainable 2-in-1 Running Shorts

Great option to prevent chafing between thighs and to add a bit more coverage to your summer runs. Still very breathable and lightweight.

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Men's Brooks Sherpa 5in Shorts
£50.00 £39.00

Features 3 generous pockets, made with recycled Bluesign®-Certified materials.

Men's Ronhill Tech Marathon Twin Shorts
£52.00 £39.00

Features 5 pockets for long distance, made from breathable, wicking and recycled materials

Men's On Hybrid 7in Twin Shorts 2.0
£80.00

These versatile two-in-one shorts can also be worn separately: half tights or an overlayer.

Women's Ronhill Life Skort
£50.00 £35.00

Made from recycled materials they boast 10 pockets and 2 storage loops.

Women's Brooks Chaser 5in Twin Shorts
£55.00 £39.00

Stretchy inner tights hug your legs without any restrictions.

Women's Adidas Fast Twin Shorts
£45.00

Made with recycled fabric. These shorts absorb moisture so sweat doesn't slow you down.

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Sustainable Running T-Shirts

Every runner's must-have for all-year activities. Technical fabric prevents chafing and keeps you dry no matter the weather.

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Men's Ronhill Tech Tee
£33.00 £23.00

Very lightweight and with excellent moisture management.

Men's Adidas Fast GFX Tee
£35.00 £25.00

AEROREADY technology wicks moisture to keep you dry.

Men's Pressio BIO Tee
£55.00

Biofuze® polyester yarns help to manage moisture and keep you cool.

Women's Pressio BIO Tee
£55.00

Biofuze®, a high filament yarn, provides enhanced biodegradation.

Women's Brooks Distance Graphic Tee
£30.00 £18.00

Breathable cotton-like fabric and soft seams provide smooth comfort.

Women's Helly Hansen Active Solen Tee
£35.00

50+UPF sun protection, high-performance wicking fabric.

Sustainable Running Vests

Perfect option for hot and humid summer days. Minimal coverage with maximum breathability. 

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 Men's Ronhill Tech Revive Racer Singlet

Men's Pressio Arahi Singlet
£55.00 £41.00

Engineered with a 3D vent mesh structure for optimal ventilation.

Men's Adidas Adizero Singlet
£45.00 £34.00

Ultra light, made from 50% Parley Ocean Plastic

Men's Odlo Zeroweight Chill Tec Tank
£40.00

Cooling effect in fabric, body-mapped ventilation.

Women's Pressio Arahi Singlet
£55.00 £41.00

Fusion welding technology provides seamless hems.

Women's Ronhill Tech Revive Racer Singlet
£30.00 £20.00

Super soft, highly breathable and made from recycled yarn.
Women's Pressio Arahi Singlet
Brooks Running Bras

Sustainable Running Underwear

Out of sight, out of mind? Not this time. If running gear should be technical and breathable, why not your underwear? For longer distance it’s an absolute must. Chafe-free and antibacterial underwear and high supporting bras can seriously change your running life.

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Men's Ronhill Briefs
£16.00

Constructed with high-wicking, eco-conscious fabric, made from recycled yarn.

Men's Odlo Performance Light Bottom Boxers
£26.00 £21.00

Offering improved breathability by 20%, with seamless integrated ventilation zones.

Men's Ronhill Boxers 4.5in
£18.00

The technical construction of the pouch offers the greatest support you’ll get in a race.

Women's Brooks Drive Convertible Bra
£45.00

Shock-absorbing technology provides security and minimal shape without a built-in cup.

Women's Ronhill Briefs
£14.00 £11.00

Combining natural Tencel™ fibre with eco-conscious technical yarns.

Women's Ronhill Thong
£12.00 £9.00

Luxurious, soft, highly breathable, and naturally brilliant at wicking moisture.
Ciele ALZCap

Sustainable Running Accessories

Keep reading because these sustainable picks with thermal and quick-drying properties will improve your comfort and performance.

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Odlo Polyknit Warm Eco Print Hat
£20.00

Ronhill Reversible Contour Headband
£17.00 £13.60

Odlo Ceramiwarm Light Running Gloves
£30.00

Brooks Fusion Midweight Gloves
£30.00

Ronhill Afterhours Gloves
£25.00

Transparency of these Sustainable Running Brands:

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