Make your workout more eco-friendly with these sports kit items designed to save the planet

Eighty billion new pieces of clothing are bought every year around the world – 400 per cent more than two decades ago. Here, we check out some clothing produced ethically, and also test out facial exfoliators.



Sundried make clothes from recycled materials including used water bottles and coffee. The grounds, which have a natural ability to control odour and block UV rays, are woven into an anti-bacterial fabric.

Three cups of ­coffee go into their £50 Grivola top. It is comfy and really soft. They’re on the big side though, so I’d go down a size – buy now

Yoga mat

Countless mats end up in landfill because they are made from non-recyclable materials.Yoga Design Lab has launched a range made from natural tree rubber and recycled plastic bottle microfibres.

This £52 mat is lovely – really soft, not slippy, and very thick and squidgy. It is an all-in-one product too – so you don’t need a towel. Machine washable and comes with a carrying strap – buy now


Sports socks can be made out of bamboo, which is a sustainable crop. And its fibre doesn’t irritate the skin.

The £5 HJ7452 Sports Socks have ­cushioned feet which makes them really comfy and squidgy. They’re great for running – buy now


with Gabriella Stein


  • Super Facialist, Purify & Refresh Scrub, £8.99, 150ml – buy now

A traditional, gritty-style scrub that removes dead skin cells and impurities. Includes salicylic acid as well as vitamin B5 and cooling menthol.

Gentle and therefore suitable for even sensitive skin types like mine. It wasn’t harsh or irritating but didn’t leave the skin as soft as the other two I tested.


  • Paula’s Choice, Liquid Exfoliant, £26, 118ml – buy now


My skin is noticeably better and the softest it’s ever been. The formula is light enough to be able to use twice a day. Favourite of the three products!


  • Trish McEvoy, Beta Hydroxy Pads, £45, 40 pads – buy now

These exfoliating pads are formulated to dissolve dead skin cells, unblock clogged pores and leave skin radiant. Just swipe across cleansed face once a day for best results.

An expensive choice, but they do work. My skin was noticeably softer and brighter with continued use.

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