MARIE CLAIRE – Free People’s Econyl Leggings Are Eco-Friendly and Super Comfy
by Rachel Epstein and Adrienne Faurote
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.
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.