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Sustainable men's active shirts that perform

Workout in confidence in these stylish shirts that are better for the planet

person running wearing sustainable men's active shirts

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According to statistics from the EU and World Bank, the textile industry produces synthetic chemicals and dyes that cause almost 20% of all industrial water pollution. Add the estimated 92 million tons of textile waste created each year, and the clothing biz certainly isn't stylish behind the scenes.

Here's the great news, though: you don't need to sacrifice quality and performance for activewear that's produced responsibly. The brands we've picked are committed to producing gear that's ethically made using recycled and natural materials and can also perform at a high level during your toughest rides, gym sessions, hikes and more. 

Get ready to sweat with our top picks for men's active shirts. 

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Patagonia Capeline Cool Daily Shirt

Why It's Cool
The OG of sustainability delivers on their commitment to quality, transparency, and ethical production with this versatile, quick-drying performance top made with recycled materials.


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Patagon Capeline Cool men's active shirts

Allbirds Natural Run Tee

Why It's Cool
The total package: elite performance (breathability, moisture-wicking) meets top-tier responsibility (sustainable materials, ethical production, carbon-neutral footprint).


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Allbirds Natural men's active shirts

Janji Runterra Bio Tee

Why It's Cool
Clean, functional design + a high-performance, 100% biodegradable Supima cotton/poly blend. Janji also supports a range of sustainability initiatives.


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Janji Runterra Bio Tee, men's active shirts

Outerknown Recreation Shirt

Why It's Cool
100% recycled materials (poly + spandex) and moisture-wicking, antimicrobial properties with a minimalist aesthetic.


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Outerknown Recreation Shirt

REI Swiftland Running Shirt

Why It's Cool
Technical details and a light, bluesign-approved poly blend that stretches, wicks, and keeps you cool no matter the activity. REI's co-op model gives back over 70% of its profits to the community too.


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Men's active Shirt, REI Swiftland Running Shirt

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