Pennyboarding in Sustainable Athletic Wear

I’ve owned this Penny board for over two years, and I rarely use it. It sits by my front door, a pink piece of hipster decor. I don’t think it’s the fact that my abs hurt after I ride or that I’m still a bit wobbly on the thing that turns me off. It’s straight up fear. The board is small, and I don’t trust that it won’t hit a rock and send me flying. I’m a cautious person. I don’t like to fall. Even worse is anticipating falls. The fear is killing most of the joy. The little that remains eggs me to keep going until I get comfortable.

My goal is to sometimes zip around Toronto on this thing instead of walking. It is the most compact mode of transportation out there. I just have to get good at it. Wish me luck.

Wearing Everlane’s Classic French Terry Square Hoodie. The pink doesn’t seem to be in stock at the moment, but the same style is stocked in 4 classic neutrals. I don’t wear a lot of pullover hoodies but I liked this cropped, boxy cut because it’s modern and more flattering on me. Made ethically in Vietnam.

The white workout tank underneath is an old one from Karma Athletics, made responsibly in Canada. GOTS certified organic cotton socks from PACT.

Girlfriend Collective’s fabrics are made from recycled plastic bottles and ethically made in Vietnam. Read more about their sustainability efforts and ethical factory here. The fabric of my black high-rise leggings is thick and holds everything in. It is tiiiight. After getting this through their pre-order campaign, I’ve been wearing mine to the gym for almost two years, and they are still as good as new. Only a couple of months ago did I discover the card holder slot in the back. I didn’t even know leggings had those.

I came across these sustainable running shoes at the adidas Stella McCartney store in London. It’s been a challenge finding ethical workout shoes that doesn’t look hideous, so I’m happy I found the Ultra Boost X sneaker. This is a collaboration with Parley for the Oceans. The yarn of the upper shoe is made from recycled ocean plastics. They are the most comfortable running shoes. Due to the stretchy fabric, you can slip them on and off easily without having to mess with the laces.







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