You can never have too many pairs of yoga pants, right? Right. But it’s not just about looks, right? Right.
We want our yoga clothing to be comfy, cute, and support a great cause. So for those of you currently (or soon to be) on the prowl for a new pair, we’ve put together this list of 13 fantastic yoga brands that are changing the world for the better, one pair of leggings at a time.
Of course they’re all about sustainability, and using products that are good for the world. But what else are they doing?
The charity game is strong with KiraGrace. They say that, "Our core values are integrity, honor, inspiration, community and compassion." Each year they have a different partnership, where proceeds from clothing sales go to a charity.
In the past, they've paired with Yoga Medicine's India Seva Project, which provides assistance to Indian children living in slums and red light districts, and Off the Mat, Into the World, which incorporates yoga's core values to promote activism.
Keep up the good work, guys!
Yogiiza's mission is straightforward and simple. All natural, organic yoga clothing that you can feel good wearing.
As they say on their website, "When we choose synthetic, unsustainable, petroleum based products we are perpetuating a system that depends on us being unaware. When we become aware we clearly understand that the choices we make manifest the world we choose. We are aware. We choose Natural. We choose Organic."
Yogiiza is also a financial backer of 305 Yoga Gangsters, "a yoga outreach group that teaches the practice to impoverished children, single mothers, prisoners, and other at-risk groups." It's great to see that Yogiiza practices what they preach!
prAna is committed to weaving sustainability into their company in a variety of ways. By using materials and partnering with companies and factories that adhere to strict guidelines for safety and efficacy, prAna is able to make beautiful and functional products. Some of the sustainable materials prAna uses in clothing and accessories includes, organic cotton, recycled wool, hemp, recycled polyester and repurposed down.
prAna also supports a vast array of charities and encourages their employees to volunteer for different organizations on the reg.
They even have a community garden! How tasty (and wonderful) is that?
Chewylou possibly has the cutest origin story for their brand name. Named after the owners' dogs, Chewbacca and Lexington, Chewylou sells yoga inspired shirts made with organic dyes and manufactured with natural energy sources. They're also on the forefront of charitable action.
A large amount of their profits goes towards various charities, including Planting Peace, Faces of Hope, and the Lupus Foundation of America. Not only do they support other charities, though, they also started their own: Chemo Companions. Chemo Companions provides company to those undergoing chemotherapy. We wonder if they bring Chewy and Lexington with them?
5. Cozy Orange
Cozy Orange makes some pretty cozy looking activewear, which completely lives up to their name. However, it's their sustainability promise and company values that really stand out.
When you order something from Cozy Orange, they'll ship it to you in recycled and/or reusable packing materials, so you can feel good about not having so much plastic waste around. But what really stands out are their partnerships with World Vision and water.org. Plus, when you checkout, you can add a $1 donation to these organizations to your order, and Cozy Orange will match your donation up to $100,000 a year.
6. Carrot Banana Peach
Carrot Banana Peach is taking sustainability to a whole new level. They make fabric for their clothing containing bamboo, soybean, aloe vera, banana, and even milk!
So if you're all about renewable resources and living conscientiously, then Carrot Banana Peach is the brand for you! Especially if you’re as curious about clothes made of milk as we are…
7. Inner Waves Organics
Inner Waves Organics is an awesome brand to take notice of. Besides using veggie dyes and organic cotton, they also serve meals to the homeless, teach donation-based yoga classes, and a portion of their proceeds goes to the Give Back Yoga Foundation.
With Inner Waves Organics, you're really getting the whole package when it comes to charity and sustainability!
8. Earth Yoga
Earth Yoga puts their own spin on making the environment better by making clothing with sustainable, renewable products.
They use recycled plastic bottles to make their fabrics, which keeps plastic out of landfills and saves energy. They take inspiration from Desmond Tutu on their website: "Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." Sounds like a great new mantra to us!
Satva, which means "purity" in Sanskrit, really tries to live purely.
Their mission statement on their website says, "Satva’s mission is to create a balance between people, planet, production, profits and philanthropy. It is our sincerest endeavor to create a holistic, ethical and harmonious ecosystem that satisfies customers, empowers impoverished farming communities, and improves the global environment."
Their clothing is all organic, eco-friendly, and non-GMO cotton, which means you can feel good wearing it.
Anjali reflects yogic principles in their business plan. Their clothing is all made in the United States and is sweatshop-free.
They hold their company, and their own clothing, to high standards. They say on their site that, "Our own wardrobe these days, is made up of items that always seem perfectly appropriate no matter what we are up to. That is our vision for Anjali. We select fabrics that feel good against the skin and are in alignment with a life style vision of what we strive to cultivate in our Yoga practice. We design artwork that reminds us, and all that see it, of the inherent beauty and goodness that resides in each and every one of us."
11. Green Apple
Green Apple is another company looking to use the best in sustainable fabrics. They use bamboo to make their fabrics, which isn't just good for the environment, but is good for you, too!
Bamboo fabric is anti-bacterial, moisture wicking, hypo-allergenic, thermo-controlled like wool (cool, but warm), and provides UV protection from the sun. How great is it that your yoga pants can protect you, and the world too?
12. Shining Shakti
Shining Shakti, founded by Rachel Richardson, touring lead singer of Jefferson Starship, is easy on the environment, and looks amazing on!
Their clothes are manufactured in the United States, and are hand dyed to make each piece an individual work of art. Made of cotton, bamboo, and recycled plastic, these clothes are sure to fit right in at your next yoga class or rock concert!
Last but definitely not least, Teeki. Teeki pants have become iconic, and with good reason! Their prints are bold and fun, and of course, made of sustainable materials like recycled plastic bottles.
Teeki keeps it fun outside of the workplace, too, by hosting different yoga events like retreats and parties. Changing the world one pair of pants and one happy yogi at a time.
Which of these eco-conscious yoga brands do you love? Do you know of any other awesome yoga brands that are saving the world? Share with us below!