You may have already read my article regarding why you should wear eco friendly yoga leggings, so you may know some materials that are used in creating eco friendly yoga leggings. All of these brands are trying to do something good to our Earth by using a sustainable material, which is amazing, but some brands actually go a step further and they contribute even more to save our planet. One of my favorite brands that manufacture recycled plastic yoga leggings is Wolven Threads. They tick almost all the boxes on being an outstanding eco friendly apparel brand and producing recycled plastic yoga leggings. You can check out a review I have written about regarding to their basic pocket legging collection here.
“Make Sustainability Sexy”
That is their main motto. Founded by Kiran Jade and Will Ryan, they create beautiful, sexy, and sustainable designs for their active wear and yoga leggings. Being inspired by Kiran Jade’s Eastern Heritage (as she is half Indian and half Pakistani), the patterns are influenced by nature, whilst the colors are influenced by the history of yoga and Indian arts.
And the greatest thing is that their yoga leggings and other apparel are made from post-consumer plastic…in fancy terms, they are made from OEKO-TEX certified Recycled P.E.T fabric (RPET). This certification also ensures that the material being used from plastic does not have any nasty chemicals that could be bad for us. They are helping to keep millions of plastic bottles out of our precious oceans.
Not only do they have garments that are super comfortable & soft, and appropriate for sports/yoga, but their designs also ensure that anyone really could wear it. Whether you are going for a yoga class, climbing the mountains, or meeting your friends for a coffee, you will look stunning in their sustainable wear.
Carbon Neutral Modal Fabric
Their focus is creating clothes with recycled plastic bottles, but they are also creating t-shirts with carbon neutral modal fabric. You must be thinking, what the heck is modal fabric? Modal fabric comes from sustainably harvested beech wood pulp, which is actually much softer than cotton! Not only is modal softer than cotton, but it requires much less water to cultivate compared to cotton, to be precise about 10-20 times less, so it’s definitely a better eco friendly option. On top of that Beech trees are able to grow by themselves and they take up less land.
Also, when you are ordering one of their t-shirts, you need to wait about 7-10 days, as they only fabricate the t-shirt by each order, in order to reduce wastage. The waiting is totally worth it, if that means helping the Planet!
And They Do More…
Of course, it’s impossible to be 100% sustainable, as they still do have to use some resources (such as water) in order to produce their fabrics, but they are mindful in everything they do, so Wolven has partnered up with some companies and they contribute to the communities in the following ways:
- They are partnered with Native Energy – they aid in a new clean water project by supplying drinking water for 2,200 families in the local community in Honduras by installing water purification filters – which are also greenhouse gas-reducing.
- Partnership with Cancel Plastic – their goal is to stop plastic waste and also gather funding to clean up our ocean – for each sale that Wolven is making, they help to remove about 1 pound/half a kilo of garbage from the ocean.
- Packaging – when they ship your order out, they use a little bit of hemp twine (which is 100% biodegradable), and as well as lenzing paper box or reusable & recycled poly mailer. For bigger shipments, they use a biodegradable paper box.
When we are buying something that we really like, it feels good to know that we are also contributing to the environment, even if it’s in a small way!
They Are Transparent
In their website, they are as transparent as possible about their production process. An eco friendly company is not only about using sustainable materials, but it’s also about providing fair wages & working conditions, no child labor, health & safety conditions, etc. They ensure that their productions & suppliers are abiding by a strict code of conduct as mentioned above. Wolven has shared with their customers the following about their company:
- “Ethically Made in China” – as much as they would like to have it made in the U.S., the U.S. is still really behind in having eco friendly initiatives for this type of production. China is able to manufacture recycled fabric and as well as they have clean energy production facilities. Apparently, even if the U.S. seems to have some local distributors of recycled fabric, the source still originates from overseas. They offset 100% the carbon footprint from shipping by investing in the initiatives mentioned above.
- 100% U.S. Made – The Bell bottoms, t-shirts, and dresses are locally produced in L.A., where the company is based.
It seems that they have really thought it through on how they can create an eco friendly brand from the beginning of the production until the customer receives their garment.
Let’s Also Change For The Better
Wolven is just an example of many companies that are starting to become more aware of our environment. In the future, I believe that all companies should follow the same path as Wolven, as soon we will have no more choice. We are lucky to have more and more technology now finding ways to rewind all the damage that we have caused, such as recycling all these plastic bottles that have been discarded in the ocean. But let me tell you something, we (as consumers) need to be the ones to change our habits and to demand sustainable products, and stop buying things that are bad for the environment (such as plastic). When there’s more demand for something eco friendly and less demand for unsustainable products, companies will have no choice but to change and provide consumers what they want.
What do you think of Wolven’s sustainability efforts? Please feel free to share below!