our responsibility

We’re on a journey to create a more sustainable future; it starts with how we treat our planet and people.

25% of our products are currently made from either natural or recycled fabrics, using sustainable processes. This is the start. But certainly not the end.

What we're doing now

post consumer plastic bottles have been recycled into leggings.

recycled cotton is used in our products including our soft fleeces.

of our swimwear is made using recycled plastic waste.

of our knitwear is crafted from natural fibres.

post consumer plastic bottles have been recycled into leggings

Recycled cotton is used in our products including our soft fleeces

of our swimwear is made using recycled plastic waste

of our knitwear is crafted from natural fibres

Our eco-friendly fabrics

We source responsibly and use sustainable materials wherever possible, and we are always looking for eco alternatives and innovations.

Recycled Cotton

Recycled cotton is used in many of our products, including our super soft Italian fleece and famous Gary Yoga Pants.

Econyl

85% of our swimwear is made using ECONYL, a regenerated nylon made from synthetic waste such as fishing nets, industrial plastic and fabric scraps.

Bamboo

Bamboo features heavily in our yoga collection. It's grown in a more sustainable way than other fabrics, and is pesticide and fertiliser free.

Merino

Merino wool is a natural fibre that is environmentally friendly. We use this in many of our knitwear items as it's super soft, breathable and regulates body temperature.

Organic Cotton

We are proud to use pesticide free organic cotton, which uses less water and produces around 46% less CO2 than conventional cotton. You can find this in our jumpers and easy-wearing layers.

From plastic bottles to Polyester

To make our Recycled Super Sculpt Leggings we take 17 post-consumer plastic bottles, transform them into pellets and then weave them into a high performance yarn.

Engineered to last

We are proud that our activewear is crafted from highly technical fabrics. We source, create and test these fabrics to make sure they are durable, wash well and last for years.

"At Sweaty Betty, sustainable thinking is at the centre of everything do. We are committed to making sustainable activewear to not only empower women but to protect our planet, and have a positive impact on our environment and community."

- Willemijn Bos, VP of Design

Where your products are made

We source our raw materials and products from multiple countries across the globe, working with factories that are transparent, safe, and fair, and able to produce our products to the highest standards.

Cambodia

China

Germany

Indonesia

Italy

Portugal

Spain

Sri Lanka

Taiwan

Turkey

UK

USA

Vietnam


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It's all about the 3 Rs:
Reduce, Recycle, Reuse.

Reduce

We will remove all single use plastic from our business by 2025.

As a brand, we’re committed to reducing plastic waste in every aspect of the company. We are working with our suppliers and warehouse to remove single use plastic, transitioning to biodegradable or recycled plastic alternatives.

Recycle

To give new life to old activewear through rehoming and recycling.

You've saved 10 000+ pairs of leggings from landfill since October 2019. Help us save more by bringing your unwanted pairs from any brand into a store and we'll recycle them with SOEX.

Who are SOEX?

SOEX have worked for over 40 years to give unwanted goods a new purpose. Everyday, their factory in Germany process around 400-450 tonnes of textiles. Once it reaches the factory, it's sorted in to categories: rewear, reuse or recycle. SOEX’s strict zero-waste policy means absolutely nothing will be discarded of, but rather find a new life.

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Reuse

100% of our consumer packaging will be made from recycled materials or be reusable or recyclable by 2021.

We’re on a mission to turn waste into something useful, by creating packaging you won’t want to throw away. From wash bags to shopping totes, we’re giving another life to products you’d ordinarily throw away.

And there's more...

LED lighting in stores lasts longer and uses up to 80% less electricity than incandescent bulbs.

Garment swing tickets and kimbles are made from recycled materials.

Our visual merchandising uses 100% recycled card in stores.

Our cycle to work scheme encourages eco-friendly travel.

LED lighting in stores lasts longer and uses up to 80% less electricity than incandescent bulbs.

Garment swing tickets and kimbles are made from recycled materials.

Our visual merchandising uses 100% recycled card in stores.

Our cycle to work scheme encourages eco-friendly travel.

Our goal is to build a thriving global community centred on respect, inclusion and kindness.

Female leadership

75% of our leadership team is female and we are always looking for the innovators of tomorrow.

Equal pay

We believe in equal pay for men and women. No compromises.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our in-house Diversity Committee is actively driving positive change across recruitment, management, messaging, partnerships, brand and culture.

Our global community

We only work alongside factories that provide fair wages, reasonable hours, a safe working environment, and no forced or child labour.

our ethical code of conduct

All of our factories must follow our Ethical Code of Conduct

For information on the Modern Slavery Act please click here

An active lifestyle has huge benefits for our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. But, while most teenagers can spend hours every day on their phones, over a third aren't active for even 30 minutes a day. Girls are also much less likely to be active than boys, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Periods, PE lessons, a fear of failure and a lack of confidence all stand in their way.

The Sweaty Betty Foundation is here to change that and empower teenage girls to get moving.

About The Foundation

Our mission has always been to empower women through fitness and beyond, but now we’re expanding our horizons to create a world where girls from all backgrounds want to get active, and stay active, for life.

The Foundation’s mission for the first few years will be supporting girls aged 10-18 to try new activities at school, at home and in their communities. We will focus on girls who face the biggest barriers to being active, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

If you want to find out about the foundation and more, sign up to our emails to become an official Sweaty Betty.

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Our First Projects

Our initial projects are in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust and Women in Sport.

Supporting Girls To Get Active At School

We are partnering with the Youth Sport Trust, the UK’s leading charity for improving the education and development of every child through sport and play. Working in schools across London, Leeds and Glasgow, we will be providing teenage girls with access to the award-winning Girls Active programme - offering unique experiences with the help of our Sweaty Betty staff and ambassadors. To help inform the Foundation’s strategy, we will also be taking a deeper look at the personal and social barriers teenage girls face in being active.

You can find out more about the Girls Active programme here.

Researching The Impact Of The Pandemic

We have worked with Women in Sport - the UK’s top research and insight charity supporting women and girls to get active - to produce some new research on the impact of the pandemic on girls’ activity in lockdown.

The research shows that 55% of teenage girls say they are doing less exercise now than before the pandemic. Despite this, a huge majority of teenagers want to change this, with 82% of girls saying they want to put more effort into being active.

We will be using this research to direct our strategy, particularly in how we can support girls with virtual activities. You can find out more about the work of Women in Sport here.

This is just the beginning, and we have lots more exciting projects in the pipeline.


Partnership Information

The Sweaty Betty Foundation is a separate registered charity. As a corporate foundation, its main funder is Sweaty Betty (and our wonderful customers), but the charity makes its own decisions on what projects to fund and what funding to accept from Sweaty Betty. The Foundation’s sole purpose is to support women and girls to get more active.

We will not be operating a traditional grant-funding programme. As a small foundation we want to form a small number of strategic partnerships with organisations who share our values and who we believe collectively can help shift the dial on teenage girls’ activity levels.

We are thoroughly researching the sports, community, charity and commercial sectors to find organisations with innovative and scalable ideas to get more teenage girls active. We want to work with both small and large, local and national organisations who have great ideas we could get involved with or who want to co-create new initiatives with us and our funder, Sweaty Betty.

The Foundation will operate globally, but focus on activities in the UK initially before expanding into the US and beyond.

If you’d like to get in touch, email foundation@sweatybetty.com.