When we’re hunting for new workout threads (which is always), we’re looking at style, fit, price and functionality. Will it do the holding up and holding in we need it to? Will we be the envy of our workout buddies? Will we have to take out a second mortgage to afford it? Apparently we were overlooking one key element in our sportswear shopping—the fact a lot of our fave brands might not be good for us.
Allow us to explain—a 2012 Greenpeace study found that a number of products from popular clothing brands, including Victoria’s Secret, Zara, Gap and Calvin Klein, contain hazardous chemicals that can be cancer-causing in certain environments. Now, we’re not naïve enough to think we know everything our clothing has come in contact with (especially when it’s part of a system of fast fashion that manufactures in shady unethical factories). We also don’t condone fear mongering (“chemical” in itself, is not a bad word). But in this case, you’d probably not rather have those chemicals on your sports bra.
There’s been growing concern in recent years that since workout wear is designed to sit tight against the skin and undergoes vigorous friction in a warm environment while your pores are open, your body is more likely to absorb the bad. Well, now what are we supposed to do? Is this our ultimate excuse to not go to the gym?
No, because TMPL Sportswear was solving our problem before we even knew we had it.
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TMPL is a newly-launched Canadian sportswear brand that is not only clean, but also made ethically in North America with an environmentally-friendly manufacturing process. Their Pur-Tec fabric has all the comfort, support and odour-fighting tech of the other high-performing workout wear on the market without all the nasties.
And did we mention it’s all super cute? The founders started with one line each for men and women that contains a number of pieces in black and green. We also have it on good authority they’ll be adding more pieces with white elements in the near future. Upon working out in the gear, we can confirm, it’s as comfy and functional as it seems.
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What could possibly make this better? Oh, they’re also super eco-conscious. The company is partnered with One Tree Planted and will plant a tree for every customer order.
The one itty-bitty caveat is that the sports bras don’t currently come lined with pads since the founders weren’t able to source them ethically until recently. According to the company, the next collection will include bras with pads (although, if you have your own removable pads, there’s lining in their currently available bras so you can bulk them up yourself no problem).
WHO IT’S FOR:
Anyone who likes cute workout wear with an eco-friendly edge.
Ranges from $60 to $115