By Aaron King
Whether you’re entering cross-country cycle events, commuting to work or just enjoying a relaxing ride in the forest, there’s one thing every cyclist needs. And that’s the right clothing.
Having the right clothing is what helps you battle the weather, keeping you warm in winter and cool in the summer. It needs to be flexible enough for you to unlock your full range of movement while being secure enough to keep you aerodynamic to make easier work of your cycle.
You need the right cycling clothes and you need to get them from the right places. When you consider that the fashion industry is the world’s second most harmful polluting industry in the world, where you shop makes a bigger impact than you think.
So, to help make sure you make the best decision, we’ve put together a list of three ethical and sustainable cycling brands for you to choose from.
Made in Britain, GRN is a local and ethical solution to your cycle clothing.
Their range is made from unusual and unexpected recyclable materials, including recycled plastic bottles, rescued fishing nets and bamboo. But don’t worry – all of their clothing has the exact light, breathable and flexible fabric feel that you’re used to. It’s almost impossible to tell the difference.
What’s more, they ensure that every single person in their supply chain works in a safe environment and is fairly paid. Now, that’s a company that you can feel good buying from.
This Wales-based company use organic cotton made from renewable constrain crops, as well as ethically sourced and stretchy Merino wool to make their clothing range.
As well as being sourced from sustainable materials, Howies’ clothing is uniquely fast-drying and designed to need fewer washes, helping you to protect the environment in more ways than one. And anything that reduces the laundry load is a massive win for us.
What’s more, they don’t just do cycling clothing. They also offer a range of waterproof outdoor clothing that’s perfect for your day-to-day life and great for keeping you warm during the cooler seasons.
3. JD Sports
JD Sports is an accessible and great brand for all sorts of budgets. If you’re looking for cycling clothing without paying a fortune, this is definitely the right place for you. It also has a wider range of styles and fits, giving you more variety in your clothing choices.
Despite being on the high street, the brand is actually committed to ethical production. In fact, in their code of conduct, they state that employment is freely chosen and no child labour is used in an effort to help defeat modern slavery.
Keep on cycling
Wherever you choose to get your cycling clothing from, remember to shop sustainably. By starting with the three brands we’ve suggested, we’re sure you’ll have all your gear in no time and be ready to hit the road.