The Most Sustainable Running Clothing 2024

Expert Advice on Running Clothing,Seasonal Running & Racing: What to Wear
The Most Sustainable Running Clothing 2024

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!

Tops / Bottoms / Jackets / Underwear / Accessories

WHAT DO WE ACTUALLY MEAN BY SUSTAINABLE?

NATURAL FIBRES

Merino wool, Tencel and organic cotton. Merino wool (always Mulesing free) is used by some brands not only for winter baselayers but also summer tees as it has natural thermoregulating properties. Cotton isn’t used much in running clothing, when we select an item with cotton we ensure it’s organic.
Shop Clothing Made from Natural Fibres »

RECYCLED MATERIALS

Many brands are now using polyester made from recycled plastics. The most conscious brands reach for REPREVE® with its traceable yarns.
Shop Clothing Containing Recycled Materials »

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Reducing carbon emissions, as well as responsible use of chemicals and water. Biodegradable packaging. Use of biodegradable elements which will activate when the item is discarded. Products that are Bluesign® approved. Brands that work with local charities to support communities, and ensure fair working practices throughout the supply chain. Use of Ocean Parley Plastic. Most running garments are durable, which reduces waste.
Shop Clothing with Less Environmental Impact »

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MOST SUSTAINABLE RUNNING CLOTHING 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 • collaboration with Parley for Oceans
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BROOKS

MISSION: responsible sourcing and Bluesign ® approved products • reduce emissions • increased use of recycled materials • 100% vegan friendly
Shop Brooks »

CIELE

MISSION: increase use of recycled materials, moving away from first-use polyester • reduce waste • use sustainable packaging • offer repairs to customers 
Shop Ciele »

HELLY HANSEN

MISSION: sustainable materials • long-lasting garments from durable fabric • fair working practices • carboard packaging (for some products) 
Shop Helly Hansen »

ICEBREAKER

MISSION: Produce high-tech running clothing from natural fibres like Merino wool • Create deep & long term relationships with the Merino growers 
Shop Icebreaker »

JANJI

MISSION: reduce plastic packaging • 50% of their materials made with recycled plastic • support clean water projects • collaborate with local artists 
Shop Janji »

ODLO

MISSION: reduce environmental impact throughout supply chain • durable materials • fair working practices 
Shop Odlo »

ON

MISSION: reduce material usage & CO2 emissions • circular approach to design & production to reduce waste • prioritise fair and safe working conditions • recycled packaging 
Shop On »

PRESSIO

MISSION: moving away from virgin yarn to sustainable alternatives • fully traceable and audited supply chain • earth-friendly, no-dye technology • 60%+ savings in water, power and chemicals 
Shop Pressio »

RONHILL

MISSION: increase use of recycled materials • awarded 'Leader Status' by Fair Wear Foundation since 2016 based on 8 strict Code of Labour Practices. 
Shop Ronhill »

Men's Ronhill Tech Top

Sustainable Running Tops

Layering is a great way to stay warm in winter, without overheating as you run. We have options in long sleeves as well as short sleeve. 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.

Shop Sustainable Long-Sleeved / Shop Sustainable T-Shirts

Men's Icebreaker Merino 125 Cool-Lite Sphere Tee
Men's Running T-Shirt
£70.00

Men's Odlo Blackcomb Half-Zip Baselayer
Men's Running Base Layer
£90.00

Women's Odlo Seamless Baselayer
Women's Running Base Layer
£45.00 £37.00

Women's Helly Hansen Lifa Merino Baselayer
Women's Running Base Layer
£85.00

Women's Ronhill Tech Revive Stretch Tights

Sustainable Running Bottoms

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.

Shop Sustainable Leggings / Shop SustainableTrousers / Shop Sustainable Shorts

Men's On Lightweight Shorts Lumos
Men's Loose Running Shorts
£90.00

Men's Ronhill Tech Revive Stretch Tights
Men's Running Leggings & Tights
£58.00

Women's Ronhill Tech Ultra Twin Shorts
Women's 2-in-1 Running Shorts
£60.00 £35.00

Women's Janji Transit Tech Pants
Women's Running Trousers
£76.00

Women's Odlo Zeroweight Insulator 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.

Shop Sustainable Running Jackets

Men's On Climate Jacket
Men's Windproof Running Jacket
£160.00

Men's Odlo Zeroweight Insulator Vest
Men's Running Gilet
£150.00 £128.00

Women's Janji Thermal Insulated Jacket
Women's Windproof Running Jacket
£160.00 £125.00

Women's Odlo Zeroweight Insulator Jacket
Women's Windproof Running Jacket
£185.00 £149.00

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.

Shop Sustainable Running Underwear / Shop Sustainable Running Bras

Men's Ronhill Boxers 4.5in
Men's Running Underwear
£18.00

Women's Odlo Active F-Dry Light Briefs
Women's Running Underwear
£18.00

Women's Ronhill Shorts
Women's Running Underwear
£15.00

Women's Brooks Drive Convertible Bra
Women's Running Bra
£45.00

Odlo Revelstoke Performance Wool Headband

Sustainable Running Accessories

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

Shop Sustainable Running Accessories

Odlo Revelstoke Performance Wool Headband
Running Headbands & Neckwear
£30.00

Ciele CR3 Beanie
Running Hats
£40.00

Buff Original EcoStretch Headwear
Running Buffs
£16.95

Sportlab Warmup Cream
Muscle Recovery & Strengthening
£15.90

Hilly Trail Maximum Cushioning Anklet Socks
Running Socks
£17.00

Pressio Equilibrium Calf Guards
Compression Running Socks & Calf Guards
£30.00

Runner in Jungle

Transparency of these Sustainable Running Brands:

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