Today’s textile industry requires a change towards more sustainable practices, and luckily many brands and people are becoming more conscious about the need to make textile production more sustainable. Every day we see more brands using recycled synthetics and organic fabrics that reduce the negative impact on the environment. In this way, we can continue to fulfill the basic need for clothing for generations to come. In particular, sustainable sports clothing UK brands are eager to adopt more sustainable business models, and at The Running Republic, we want to join their efforts and offer UK consumers a different alternative for sustainable high-quality sports clothing and sustainable running clothes.
The numbers speak for themselves. The market revenue for sustainable fashion in the UK reached about £57 million in 2020, almost doubled since 2014. Also, the sustainable fashion market seems to be accelerating. This shows that companies are responding to consumers' demand which is more environmentally friendly clothing. People are becoming more conscious about their own impact on the environment, so hopefully, in the future, there won't be much space for unsustainable fashion. The already established brands will have to start looking for new ways to make their collections sustainable by means of new manufacturing methods and the use of eco-friendly fabrics.
At the Running Republic, we make sustainable sports clothing such as sustainable leggings from recycled post consumers products which are turned into recycled polyester and recycled nylon polyamide. The first one comes mainly from recycled plastic bottles and the latter from rescued fishing nets and other plastic scraps. The recycled fabrics perform just as well as the virgin fabrics with technical attributes required for high-performing sports clothing. The recycled fabrics deviate plastic trash from landfills and oceans, require fewer resources to manufacture, and reduce the CO2 emissions.
Ethical activewear brand UK
At the Running Republic, our activewear is manufactured in ethical factories in Spain and Portugal. These are family-owned businesses with decades of experience in the sector and have an excellent track record in terms of a decent and healthy work environment. We constantly supervise these factories to make sure they continue to guarantee their worker’s rights and provide decent compensation. Also, by working with these factories we avoid the production centers in China leaving the smallest possible carbon footprint.
Sustainable sports clothing UK brands will continue to grow as companies find new ways to become more ethical and sustainable. The challenge of course is not easy but it is worth undertaking due to the effects unsustainable fashion has on our environment. Luckily there is always change at every stage of the fashion industry and this change seems to be leaning towards more sustainable and ethical practices.
Visit us at The Running Republic and check out our collection of high-quality and stylish activewear. We recently launched our new spring 2022 collection made of sustainable and eco-friendly materials. Also, join our efforts for a better and more sustainable future and follow our social networks on Facebook and Instagram.