Today our search for ethical clothing leads us to a quest for ethical cycling clothing. When ‘normal’ clothes are involved I’ve become quite good at finding ethical fashion, as I’ve found some favourite brands to look out for. You might have seen them in our earlier fair wear friday posts. But ethical sports clothing is a different ball game. You buy sports kit less often, or at least that’s the case for me… I’ve started bicycle racing a while ago and the old kit was up for renewal. But where to find ethical cycle clothing? That appeared to be quite a search.
Before we dive in, just a general observation first. The traditional road cycling brands and sports brands don’t seem to have really gotten into sustainability as much. Luckily there are exceptions, but you’ll have to look for them. Outdoor sports brands seem to be much more conscious of the importance of sustainability, maybe because their customers identify more as nature lovers than average.
The trousers are from Gonso, a German brand that produces ethical cycling clothing. Certified by the Fair Wear Foundation, so a brand I could recommend. Their clothes are pretty affordable too, not all of it is to my tastes, but it’s really great for basics.
The jacket is from outdoor sports brand Patagonia. A forerunner when it comes to sustainable and ethical clothing. Unfortunately they sell little cycling specific clothing. This jacket is fine for cycling though, it has a longer back and is sold as a jacket for ‘high energy activity in cold, windy conditions’. Maybe not one for the cycling purists (I’ll get to that later), but I’m really happy with its performance. More ethical cycling clothing please, Patagonia!
Under the jacket is an Icebreaker shirt. I’m not proud of it, because it scores the lowest possible on Rank a Brand. Such a shame and I’d like to ask Icebreaker to make a change, as it’s just not okay. My shirt is almost falling apart and when I replace it, it will be a more ethical brand.
The shoes are Sidi. There was not a lot to find in my search for ethical cycling shoes. The only thing I know about them is that they’re made in Italy and are imitation leather.
Now we get to the cycling purists! Don’t want to cycle about in outdoor gear, but prefer stylish cycling clothing fit to race? You’ll know about Rapha. Beautiful clothes worn by lots of professionals. And to my surprise ethical to boot! The don’t boast about it on their website, you’ll really have to do some searching to find out. They give out lots of information about the factories where their clothes are made, so they’re pretty transparent. Their products are made in the UK, Italy and China, they give the names of their factories here. Their factory in China is Fair Wear Foundation certified.
I hope to have provided you with some ideas and inspiration towards finding ethical cycling clothing! Next time I hope we’ll be able to have a summer edition.
This fair wear friday is part of the fashion revolution week, so a lot of bloggers share info on ethical fashion. To let them inspire you, check out the links below:
All About Fair Fashion
Read our other posts about ethical fashion here.