There’s nothing like a forced work from home period to make you realise how severely your wardrobe is lacking comfortable clothing. In my case it was the specific lack of track pants (aka trackie dacks, trackies or sweat pants). Naturally, I consulted my epic Instagram community to find out the go-to brands for ethically made track pants. This was what I got back.
New Zealand’s favourite ethical clothing essentials brand has made a classic track pant to add to your wardrobe. The no frills garment, better known as the Kowtow Building Block Pants, is a slim fit pant with a tapered leg, made from black mid-weight GOTS-certified organic cotton jersey. Kowtow’s garments are made in a transparent supply chain, which works with fair trade certified farmers and manufacturers from seed to garment. Bonus: The pants have both side and back pockets.
Cost: $129 at time of publishing
Vege Threads has perfected the art of comfortable clothing and its current range is no exception. The brand’s organic cotton staples for men and women have you covered for track pants with its organic cropped sweat pants available in navy and white. Alternatively you’ll find a couple more colourful options in cotton and hemp. Vege Threads is locally made and certified by Ethical Clothing Australia.
Cost: $90 at time of publishing
Brisbane’s dk active makes high-quality, high-performance workout clothing for all activities. When it comes to track pants, the brand stocks styles covering the ultra breathable (for running) to the ultra stylish (for lounging). dk active opts for sustainable materials such as organic and recycled fibres. Importantly, the range is all ethically manufactured in Brisbane, Australia.
Cost: $69-89 at time of publishing
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Frske’s cotton and linen tapered pants easily double as track pants and the brand’s customers say so. Made with a comfortable and adjustable drawstring waist and side seam pockets, the pants are comfortable and stylish for quick and casual outings. The pants are made with natural fibres and are designed and ethically made in Melbourne, Australia.
Cost: $99 for cotton, $230 for linen at time of publishing
Born on the “rugged coast of Victoria”, Torju makes a range of certified organic cotton staples. The brand’s signature track pant is a forest green, wide leg, 3/4 crop, making them the perfect pant to wear between home and casual occasions. Torju’s garments are made from GOTS-certified organic cotton. The brand’s garments are ethically made in India through Fair Trade and GOTS-certified suppliers.
Cost: $89.95 at time of publishing
Australia’s most loved designer basics brand Bassike knows comfy clothes. Basically all of the brand’s pants are some kind of cotton or linen track pant with a drawstring and pockets for comfort, so you won’t have any trouble finding a pair that suit your style. Bassike’s garments are ethically made with 90% of production happening in Australia and 10% happening offshore through artisanal and family-run factories.
Cost: Starts around $220
The now Brisbane-based ex sheep farmers behind Merino Country have got your winter essentials wardrobe covered, so it’s only natural they have super comfy track pants, aptly named comfy pants. The Merino Country comfy pants are available in black, navy and olive and made from 100% Australia merino wool making them odour resistant (essential considering they won’t make it to the wash much) and quick drying. Merino Country’s garments are ethically made in Australia.
Cost: $160 and worth every cent