Water Bottle Leggings
My Review of Girlfriend Collective's Eco Friendly Clothing Brand
About a month ago, I saw an Instagram ad for a company, Girlfriend Collective, that makes athletic clothing using recycled water bottles. (What?!) I was incredibly intrigued and immediately went to their profile to scope out what else they were selling, because who doesn't love clothing that also benefits the environment, right? At first glance, I knew I was already going to be in love, because they had one of those Instagram feeds that just makes you want to have your life together. So, of course I'm like "I need to buy these clothes even though I have no money and I own like 5 pairs of leggings already."
What I found on their website was pretty standard-looking leggings and trendy sports bras in soothing colors like Apricot, Powder Blue, or Midnight. The thing that really drew me in about the products was the fact that they are made of 80% recycled water bottles (RPET) and 20% spandex. I was a bit skeptical of the fact that the garments are manufactured in Vietnam, but they do it through a fair trade factory that uses no child/forced labor and offers their workers the rights to collectively bargain and join unions.
Something aside from their eco-friendly products that drew me into the brand was their models. Girlfriend uses women of every body shape, size, and color, and I love it. Representation is growing in the industry, and its something we've needed for a long time. The clothing sizes on Girlfriend Collective range from an XXS to a XXXL, offering a product suited for all women rather than a targeted group. As women, we want to know what the products we're buying are going to look like on us, and we all know that one size does NOT fit all.
So, I was hooked. I decided that I was going to give this clothing brand a try, and justified it saying "I'm supporting eco-friendly fashion and the representation of women! Fight me!" It hurt, but I ended up spending a steep $68 on a pair of Black Girlfriend High Rise Leggings, and $38 on the Toasted Apricot Topanga Bra. One could easily spent $120 on a single pair of Lululemon leggings, so I felt okay about myself afterwards.
Overall, my verdict on the clothing has been....AMAZING. The second I took the clothes out of a cute zipper bag, I knew I was in love. The fabric is incredibly soft and supportive. When I put on the leggings, I felt very secure and able to move. The sports bra had a very supportive, soft band, which was nice. These are clothes that will survive sweat and high impact workouts, or trips to the grocery store and class. My biggest issue was that it took 20 days for these to reach my front door from the day I ordered them and they shipped. I emailed the company about it after it had been two weeks, and they answered promptly, assuring me that my package was on the way, and it was. So basically, I would recommend this brand if you're looking for eco-friendly, durable, fashionable, athletic clothing, but don't fear if the price tag seems intimidating. I find that my $20 Old Navy leggings can also get the job done just as well.