Honesty alert: I am not consistent with working out. This summer, I miraculously jumped into a regular exercise routine of running + Pilates several days a week, while continuing to eat vegan. Once fall rolled around and I attempted to pumpkin spice everything in my life, my consistent workout routine vanished and I’ve slid into the realm of vegetarian.
The cliche is to dive into a healthy lifestyle come January 1st; you know, once all the holidays (parties, wine, and trays of baked cookies) are over. As predictable as a healthy New Year’s resolution may seem, I have to admit that there is indeed a fresh spark of motivation all around this time of year. If you’re considering cultivating a more healthy lifestyle in 2 0 1 7, you’ll likely need some comfortable exercise attire.
Several months ago, I realized my old sports bra I’d been wearing for longer than I’d like to admit (washing between workouts, of course!) was starting to bleed color. Yikes. I’m learning to shift my mindset to one of replacing garments only as needed, so when an older item has truly seen better days, it’s a perfect opportunity to select an ethically made alternative!
I chose to purchase the Patagonia Barely Bra in Rosewater. Now, let me be frank: I am small chested. I don’t require ample support and my exercise activity is low intensity. If you are my opposite in either of these areas, this bra may not be the right for you. However, if you’re looking for an ethically made, comfortable, and and gosh darn beautiful bra that you can wear for Pilates or simply layered under a tee, I think you’ll fancy this piece.
In more depth, Patagonia as a brand is a forerunner in the movement toward ethical clothing and is a founding member of the Fair Labor Association.
“Our FLA® accreditation provides our customers with an extra layer of assurance and transparency, and provides us with an objective party perspective that enables us to evaluate where we are doing well and where we need to improve.”
Patagonia’s supplier workplace code of conduct ensures factories free of child labor, forced labor, and harassment. It also establishes fair wages, ethical working hours, and health and safety for employees of each factory, as well as traceability of material sourcing.
If health and wellness are on your agenda this New Year, I applaud you! I, too, desire to pursue a consistent, holistic healthy lifestyle in the months ahead (baby steps, right?) If you need a wee bit of encouragement to get started, perhaps replacing worn athletic gear with fresh, ethically made options will inspire new goals and help you achieve them!
Note: this post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. I desired to support this company financially with my purchase.