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Eco-friendly fitness gear

Sarah Wassner Flynn is a New York City-based writer. She's contributed to magazines such as CosmoGIRL!, National Geographic Kids, Runner's World, Women's Health, Prevention and MetroSports New York. She is also the author of The Book of ...

Eco-friendly Workout Wear

Want to get a little green into your workouts? Then sport eco-friendly gear to your next sweat session. Clothes made from recycled or organic materials are available in form-fitting (and flattering) styles, including sports bras, tanks, yoga pants and running shorts. With eco-friendly gear, you can literally talk the talk and walk the eco-friendly walk.

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For years, outdoorsy brands like REI and Patagonia have offered an array of "eco-sensitive" clothes, made from recycled fibers or organic materials like bamboo fabric, organic cotton and hemp – with materials typically grown and harvested in a sustainable method. Now, more mainstream outlets like Wal-Mart and Champion are jumping on the green bandwagon, making earth-friendly fitness gear more accessible – and cuter – than ever. Here are our picks for eco-friendly workout wear you can rock from top to bottom.

Top Of The Line Eco-friendly Upper Body Wear

Eschew your ratty old tee's and tanks for tops that flatter you and are kind on the environment, too. If you are in a playful mood, throw on a Coca-Cola's t-shirt made from recycled plastic. Emblazoned with sayings like "Rehash Your Trash" and "Make Your Plastic Fantastic," these slim-fitting shirts are made from about three to five used Coke bottles each, and are available exclusively at Wal-Mart.

For walks or runs chillier days, zip on Kavu's Soy Your Like It? jacketbefore you leave the house. Spun from a blend of eco-friendly soybean fibers and organic cotton, this piece is super-soft and super-comfy, too.

And underneath it all, sport GoLite's Mardi Bra. Made from quick-drying and moisture-wicking recycled polyester, this bra offers extra support (while supports the environment, natch).

Eco-friendly Bottom Wear

Save your favorite sweats for a sick day and step into Nau's Base2 pantsnext time you hit the gym. These relaxed-fit yoga pants are made from recycled polyester material and hug your curves in all the right places, without being too snug.

If you are after a sleeker fit, check out Champion's Vapor Capri. They may look like your average spandex tights, but they are actually sourced from recycled coconut shells. Their eco-friendly fabric also fights odor, protects against UV rays and offers instant quick-dry comfort.

For shorts that will go the extra mile for the earth (and your legs!), try on a pair of Gaiam's printed Yogi Shorts. Created with 90% soft organic cotton and low eco-impact dyes, these sexy shorts are easy on the environment – and will have you be looking easy on the eyes at your next hot yoga class.

Eco-friendly Gym Bags And Totes

Now that you've got your green gear, you can't carry it all in just any old bag. So drop the duffle and go for REI's Balance Gym Bag, instead. Sourced from old plastic bottles and recycled polyester, this bag offers fun features like a removable shower caddy and hide-away straps that will keep your yoga mat locked in place while you are on the move.

And on days where you are hauling a lighter load, pop a change of clothes (or your groceries) into a canvas tote. Target offers an array of totes in various designs (like Lulu's Think Green Canvas Shopper Tote) that are as adorable as they are gentle on the environment. Plus, they are cheap enough that you can easily sport a different one every day of the week.

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