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What does it mean to live a sustainable lifestyle? Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet. Practicing sustainability can come in many forms, including driving electric cars, brining your own cups, straws, and storage containers to restaurants, eating locally sourced organic foods to name a few…but did you know it can include the clothes you wear?
A new survey from the Huffington Post “found that the average American will toss out 81 pounds of clothing this year.” It made me think, why can’t leading retailers use a more sustainable approach in product and packaging? That’s why I’m so proud to collaborate with Athleta on their sustainability campaign. Athleta is a Certified B Corporation, balancing purpose and profit. They are a brand inspired by everything women and girls are capable of: providing premium, quality apparel that fits all women’s bodies and needs. 40% of Athleta’s fabrics are made with sustainable fibers and their goal for 2020 is to reach 80%!
Athleta has been working tirelessly to increase their use of sustainable materials over the last two years by converting to recycled fabrics, using organic cotton, and implementing more efficient fabric dyeing and finishing techniques. To date, 1% of products are made with water saving techniques, and 70% of waste from store packaging has been diverted from landfills.
I love how Athleta keeps the everyday woman top of mind. They are forever recognizing and solving problems in apparel. They celebrate women’s bodies, designing pieces for tall, petite, regular, and plus sized women! Their clothes are not only sustainable and fashionable, but also functional. I spent the weekend hiking in the local San Gabriel mountains, testing out my new Athleta outfits:
Headlands Hybrid Tight: The Headlands Hybrid Tight is perfect for hiking, made of abrasion resistant Trek Tech™ fabric. The side pockets make it super easy to stash a smartphone and other small essentials.
Revive Long Sleeve Shirt: I love the soft, breathable fabric and the relaxed fit of the Revive Long Sleeve Shirt. Made from Tencel Modal™ fibers and produced from European beechwood trees harvested from sustainable forests.
Coaster Luxe Sweatshirt: The Coaster Luxe sweatshirt is incredibly soft and perfect for hiking, commuting, and traveling. The longer hemline adds more coverage while the side slits provide extra mobility.
All-In Tight: The All-In Tight is one of my favorite pieces in the collection! The high waist fit is snug but not too tight. Made from Sculptek Light fabric and no-flip waistband that eliminates fabric bunching. They are also the first leggings I’ve ever owned to have 4 pockets–you can never have too many pockets!
Cozier Insulated Hoodie: The Cozier Insulated Hoodie is made from recycled Polyester, sourced from post-consumer plastic bottles! The sleek fabric is water-repellent with contrasting knit sleeves that add softness. I like how the sleeves are extra long and include thumbholes, essential for keeping your wrists and hands warm.
Prima Loft Rock Ridge Vest I’ve never been one for puffy vests but really like the sleek fit of the Prima Loft Rock Ridge Vest. Made from recycled nylon, it’s not only water-resistant but also abrasion-resistant. The longer hemline provides more coverage and the internal pocket is a nice added feature for stashing small items.
The entire collection is so versatile: I can wear all the items while hiking on the trail, traveling, or even dress them up when I’m working my desk job! Check out Athleta’s complete sustainable collection at their website Athleta Apparel