Fibre Athletics

Fibre Athletics Introduces Water Bottles, Hats, and Tees

This post is part of a paid collaboration with Fibre Athletics.

Fibre Athletics, an ethical brand dedicated to producing eco-friendly, high performance activewear in the USA, is now taking preorders for their new range of hats, tees, and water bottles. With summer days on the horizon, it's the perfect time to introduce activewear accessories that help beat the heat.


Fibre Athletics' T-Shirt line is printed on hemp/organic cotton blend shirts and made in the USA. Hemp is a super sustainable material that requires less water than cotton, plus it's breathable like linen.

The Chicago Spirit Tee represents the enduring community values of Chicago, with a portion of proceeds benefiting CARA, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting the homeless and impoverished.

The Fibre Values Tee celebrates the company values of integrity, community, and impact.

The GROW Tee "challenges you to get up, get out and push your limits."


Fibre's Trucker and Anywhere hats are made from a hemp/cotton blend and feature the Fibre Athletics logo. I'm partial to the Anywhere hat as a packable alternative to my big straw hat.

And last but not least, the Patriot Bottle, made in a US-based, zero waste factory by veterans and the only metal bottle currently on the market that's produced in America. The interior lining is plant-based and doesn't hold odors like some bottles do, and a portion of proceeds help veterans find stable housing and get support and resources for PTSD. I'm friends with several Vietnam vets who are all affected by the daily struggle of PTSD. Having adequate community and financial support is essential to recovery.

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Ends early June. Items ship early July.

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Know Why It's Better: Fibre Athletics Pursuit Top

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This post was sponsored by Fibre Athletics and I received an item for review.

There are those of us who buy things because we like them. 


And then there are those of us who obsessively Google search, compare items, make charts, email companies, and check and double check for ethical standards.

In case you can't figure it out, I'm the definitely the latter. Which is why I'm am as happy as a kid on Christmas morning reading the product listings at fibreathletics.com. Scroll down to "How It's Made" on each product page and you'll discover a treasure trove of detailed information about the product, from textiles sourcing to certifications to manufacturing.
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Ethical Details: Pursuit Top - c/o Fibre Athletics; Everywhere Jacket - c/o Fibre Athletics; Leggings - Soul Flower Stirrup Yoga Pants; High Tops - Etiko

The Fibre Athletics Pursuit Top is made of rPET certified recycled polyester (sourced from water bottles) produced in facilities that are verified to pay and treat workers well. It's then treated with Chitosante, a nature-sourced, environmentally friendly product (made from crustaceans and the cell walls of fungi!) that adds durability and longevity to athletic wear. It also meets the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification, which ensures that dyes used are low-impact, non-reactive, use fewer resources, and are safe on human skin.

The top is cut and sewn in a fair-trade certified factory in Chicago.
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Why I Like It


Like the Everywhere Jacket, the Pursuit Top ($70) is cut extraordinarily well, skimming the body's curves without constricting movement. The raglan sleeves are cut a little loose for freedom of movement (constricted shoulders are my biggest pet peeve when it comes to clothing) and the back zipper pocket lets you go hands-free. I like to go on walks and I often have trouble finding a pocket large enough for my phone and keys, but this one has ample space for both. I've been blown away by all of the American-made goods I've reviewed on StyleWise, and this is no exception. 

I'm wearing the Nova Red color here. It's almost fluorescent red with an orange undertone and I like it a lot. I used to have an aversion to pinks and reds, but they've become my favorite shades recently. I like the way they play against my henna red hair. 

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Heads Up: Fibre Athletics will be hosting a celebration and fundraiser to assist in the production of new products on April 21st in Chicago. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

Fibre Athletics: Ethical Activewear for Every Lifestyle


This post was sponsored by Fibre Athletics and I was provided an item for review.

For Athletes and Non-Athletes alike...


It seems to me that there's a false dichotomy between those who "exercise" and those who do not. Sure, you have people who get up to run 6 miles at 5 am and those who prefer to sleep in, but by categorizing certain people as the "type who exercise," I think we run the risk of discounting the physical labor of those who don't exercise as a hobby.

This may be verging into heavy territory, but some people don't have the means, the time, or the energy to lace up their running shoes, put on their exercise gear, and get going. Case in point: I used to work a 40 hour/week manual labor job. The company implemented a policy whereby you could get a discount on your health insurance if you walked around the complex during lunchtime. The customer service folks, who spent the day in chairs, were gung-ho about it and went on their merry way. Those of us who'd already been standing in one place or running around the warehouse for 5 hours, however, needed the lunch break to rest.

We were exercising the whole time, but our labor didn't count when it mattered.
 
Ethical Details: Everywhere Jacket - c/o Fibre Athletics; Denim - old, redyed; Sneakers - AllBirds

My point is that we should recognize and celebrate movement, no matter what it looks like, whether it's scheduled or not. It can look different for each of us and that's ok.

Fibre Athletics offers versatile athletic apparel that a range of "athletes" can take advantage of. Take, for instance, the product description for the Everywhere Jacket:

WHEN TO WEAR IT : Biking the streets, cozying up on the plane ride, being a boss, hitting up yoga, walking the dog, happy hour at the local spot, morning hikes, movies in the park…or on the couch, late night jogs, traversing new cities, and perusing the internet at your favorite café.

The crew at Fibre Athletics gets that clothes should be inclusive and versatile. This generous ethos expands to their production standards, as well. They have specific commitments to fair trade labor standards, upcycled and sustainable textile sourcing, low impact dyes, and innovative design. Learn more here.
 

The Everywhere Jacket was made from start to finish in the US using US-grown and milled cotton fleece. Currently, you can order it in sizes Small to Extra Large, though do note that sizing runs slightly small (I have a 34" bust and wear a Medium). Given its impeccable design (the contoured seams are beautiful), partially adjustable hood, and fabric quality, the $180.00 price tag is well worth it (worth saving up for).

In addition to high production standards, Fibre Athletics supports a few key nonprofits: The Eden Projects, which provides job training and plants trees in deforested regions, and CARA, which assists homeless and impoverished individuals in job preparation and retention.

I'm so happy to be able to support domestic companies that are deeply committed to ethics at every step of their supply chain.

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Fibre Athletics is currently offering a sale! Take more than $40 off the Everywhere Jacket for a limited time.

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