A lot of the materials you’ll find in your Gymshark clothes are synthetic, like nylon, polyester and elastane. These are great for gym wear, because they’re breathable, quick-drying and stretchy. But, they do have an impact on our planet. Synthetic means that these materials are made from fossil fuels, which result in high carbon emissions and will eventually run out.
We also use natural fibres grown from renewable sources, like cotton. But, although its renewable, cotton impacts the environment in other ways. It needs large amounts of water, uses harmful chemicals, and uses up a lot of land.
In fact, when you look at the textiles sector’s overall carbon emissions, over 70% of them are due to the production and manufacturing process of the raw materials.
So, to make our products more sustainable, we’re working to use materials that don’t totally rely on fossil fuels, replacing new resources with ones that are more renewable, recycled, and organic.
We’ve committed to increase our use of recycled fibres and synthetic fibres that are manufactured from renewable raw materials, to reduce our use of new synthetic fibres, and to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. These commitments are all part of our work with WRAP’s Textiles 2030 initiative, where we’re focusing on increasing our products’ sustainability to take action on climate change.
Want to know more? Let’s take a closer look at our materials.