As we continue to feel the dangerously rapid effects of global warming, 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. The bohemian lifestyle and retail company is way more than just your favorite festival dresses and layered necklaces. It also has a chic activewear line, Free People Movement, that recently launched an eco-friendly three-piece Econyl workout set. 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, a sports bra, and a long-sleeve layering piece, 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.
A photo posted by on
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., 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.
For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter.
Stay In The Know
Marie Claire email subscribers get intel on fashion and beauty trends, hot-off-the-press celebrity news, and more. Sign up here.
Rachel Epstein is a writer, editor, and content strategist based in New York City. Most recently, she was the Managing Editor at Coveteur, where she oversaw the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. Previously, she was an editor at Marie Claire, where she wrote and edited culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also launched and managed the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game or finding a new coffee shop.
16 Dreamy Spring Pieces I Can't Stop Thinking About
Warm-weather trends are in full bloom.
By Emma Walsh
For Deepica Mutyala, Entrepreneurship Is Worth the Sacrifice
The Live Tinted founder talks having it all—but not all at once.
By Gabrielle Ulubay
"It's Been Hell on Earth": Inside Alabama's Fertility Crisis
Last week, the state's Supreme Court ruled that frozen embryos are legally considered children. 'Marie Claire' spoke with affected women who are grappling with an uncertain future.
By Jessica Goodman
Colorful Cowboys and Celebs Galore: Pharrell William's Latest for Louis Vuitton Men's
A special shoutout goes to Williams' revamped Speedy bags.
By India Roby
This Under-the-Radar Jacket on Amazon Is My Newest Winter Obsession
And, no, it's not the "Amazon coat."
By Jaimie Potters
The Best Black T-Shirts to Buy In Bulk
Done right, the black tee is the most versatile item in your wardrobe.
By Taylor Ayers
30 Cozy and Covetable Blanket Scarves to Wrap Up In
It’s as cozy as can be.
By Sara Holzman
11 Graphic T-Shirts From Amazon You'd Actually Wear
Cheeky, not cheesy.
By Marina Liao
10 Oversized Denim Jackets You Can Live in Year-Round
Come for the timelessness, stay for the coziness.
By Gabrielle Ulubay
The 16 Best Flared Jeans for Women
Blue jeans, baby.
By Sara Holzman
What I Wear on Repeat: Ray-Ban's Wayfarer II Sunglasses
The Wayfarer II comes in a variety of colorways, though I chose black frames (KMidd on the other hand favors tortoise) for ultimate throw-them-on-and-go capabilities.
By Sally Holmes