Supportive, comfortable and sustainable – these leggings tick all the boxes if you're looking to make your running kit more eco-friendly
We all want to be more eco-friendly in our lives, and considering where we buy our next leggings from is an easy win. Of course, quality is still super-important – we want them to be supportive and comfortable, suitable for sweating in and none of that dreaded sagging. We asked our team of testers to try some out, and we’ve reported back with their faves below.
KIT CHANGE Run Leggings
£55 | Tester: Kate
When it comes to sustainable running gear, I have pretty high standards in all areas. Luckily, Kit Change know exactly how to deliver! Let’s start with running performance – I have quite a large hip to waist ratio, so I often find that the waistbands that will fit over my hips are then too loose around my waist to stay up. These Run leggings had no such problems – they were snug and supportive over my thighs and hips, and had a handy and effective drawstring to keep everything in place as I moved. The material they’re made from is super soft, but also thick enough to avoid any unnecessary undie flashing when I bent over to tie my shoelace. And, even better, no bagging around the knees or ankles, even after a lengthy Saturday afternoon run. So far, so good. Onto the sustainability. That aforementioned soft fabric is made from recycled polyester (RPET) – approximately 20 plastic bottles per metre – which has been certified by the Global Recycle Standard. The zip to an excellently-sized back pocket is a YKK NATULON (a fancy way of saying recycled). Kit Change even offer a guide on caring for recycled polyester garments, giving advice on how we can reduce the release of microplastics as we wash our activewear. Standards: satisfied.
EVAMOSO The Eva
£75 | Tester: Caroline
If you’re looking for an ethical choice of sportswear and clothing with substance as well as style, I highly recommend the Evamoso range. Their sustainable products are made from regenerated nylon fabric constructed from fishing nets and plastics found in the oceans and landfill. There was a lovely level of compression to these tights, so they’d be an excellent choice post-run to reduce lactic acid build-up. Interestingly, these begins have 50+ UPF so they’re also good for those of us who run in leggings all year round. No basic features such as reflection and storage pockets, but as a pretty, not-just-your-average black leggings, these will see you from exercising right through the day! Chic is not a word I usually use to describe myself in sportswear, but these might be a gamechanger!
LUCY LOCKET LOVES Recycled Active Leggings
£35 | Tester: Emma
For someone who used to run in her husband’s oversized t-shirt and 10-year-old tracksuit bottoms, the Lucy Locket Jazzy Jaguar and Firecracker leggings are a world away and I like them a LOT. They’re made from recycled plastics, which have been turned into polyester to create soft, durable fabric and I can confirm that they’re incredibly comfortable, nicely high-waisted and super stretchy, all of which are big ticks in my book. They are 75 percent recycled polyester and 25 percent Spandex with a precision double-stitched seam. I did find myself giving them a hoik up every so often, so I maybe could have sized down. That aside, I’ll definitely be adding these to my collection of increasingly bright and bold kit.
PLANET WARRIOR Orchid Recycled Plastic Leggings
£69 | Tester: Sarah
These leggings have a great tropical design and are so comfy. They are made from 84 percent recycled plastic and 16 percent spandex, and Planet Warrior has achieved an Eco-Age brandmark for creating sportswear while recycling the ocean’s plastic. Even the packing tape is eco-friendly! The leggings stayed in place during my runs, and were soft and flexible enough for a yoga class. They are high-waisted, have no pockets or bulky ties and give a lovely silhouette with the pattern. They’re lightweight so will be great for spring and summer runs, gym trips, dog walks and school runs. The fit is spot-on, and for me the length is perfect; they fit my 5’8″ legs perfectly, so may be a bit long for some. A great wardrobe staple, and the range includes matching tops and yoga mats, too.
SUNDRIED Ruinette Capris
£20 | Tester: Tina
Exceptional quality, these capris have really tested well. They are seamless, so they go on without any snags or pinch points around the waist, and they feel incredibly comfortable. The fabric is definitely durable and strong – it’s super stretchy so it holds its shape, and it’s thick too, so no VPL. They’re great to run in, but they’ve also become favourite leggings for strength and core work. There’s a really deep ribbed waistband and this is what gets them top marks. These are unbeatable in value and have converted this tester to three-quarter tights (which is what they are, rather than a classic capri length). Better still, this brand stands up firmly for sustainability.
BAM Enduro Capri
£44 | Tester: Esther
Well these little beauties stand out, don’t they! We tested the black pair, but wanted to show you one of the gorgeous prints these capris were available in (there are five to choose from). Made from environmentally-friendly bamboo by a company with seriously impressive eco creds, these little beauties are deliciously soft and stretchy. They move beautifully, stay put, are made from a solid jersey fabric with no show-through and feel delicious on, plus they wash well and dry quickly. They’re not quite as long as I’d like – they come to just below the knee – but that might be an unfair criticism based on my height rather than their length. Perfect for indoor workouts and summer running.