Free People's Econyl Leggings Are Eco-Friendly and Super Comfy

Free People launched its Econyl workout set just in time for Earth Day, which includes a sustainable sports bra, leggings, and long-sleeve layering piece. Shop the pieces here.

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As we continue to feel the dangerously rapid effects of global warming (opens in new tab), it's more important than ever to live a sustainable lifestyle—and, thanks to Free People, we can get one step closer to doing so with the workout clothing we choose to wear (opens in new tab). The bohemian lifestyle and retail company is way more than just your favorite festival dresses (opens in new tab) and layered necklaces (opens in new tab). It also has a chic activewear line, Free People Movement, that recently launched an eco-friendly three-piece Econyl workout set (opens in new tab). You might even be able to shop the Econyl set for less with a Free People promo code.

The workout set, which includes a pair of leggings (opens in new tab), a sports bra (opens in new tab), and a long-sleeve layering piece (opens in new tab), is entirely made out of Econyl—a sustainable, innovative yarn developed in Italy created from discarded waste from landfills and oceans. Think: fishing nets and fabric scraps.

According to Free People, "for every 10,000 tons of Econyl raw material, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved, and 57,100 tons of CO2 eq. emissions are avoided." It reduces the global warming impact of nylon by up to 80 percent compared with the material from oil.

The best part of the set is, naturally, the leggings, which feel super soft and breathable. The ribbed waistband keeps them in place (even when you're running or hiking!), so you don't have to constantly worry about pulling them up. You can choose to wear them high-waisted, as they were originally designed, or keep them a little lower depending on how cropped of a look you want with the sports bra and long-sleeve layering piece. I always tend to go for a more high-waisted look, as you can see below.

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Fair warning: You might get a little freaked out at how small the set looks in-person. However, the material stretches to sculpt your body and conforms surprisingly well. Plus, you'll feel great knowing you invested in clothing that doesn't harm the environment. If black isn't your thing, the pieces also come in purple and green.

While you're protecting the environment and all, know that Free People is also donating one percent of all Movement activewear purchases to its non-profit partner, Girls Inc. (opens in new tab), which aims to inspire and empower young girls ages 6-18 through mentoring and research-based programs.

Shop our favorite Free People Movement pieces, below.

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