While the coronavirus crisis offers governments the chance to make climate-smart choices and policies on a national and international scale, it has also given us as individuals the chance to see the benefits of slowing down and living at a different pace. Either by design or out of necessity, we have altered our lifestyles to live in more thoughtful and sustainable ways, many of which are outlined below and can even be adopted into the post-pandemic world.

Comfortable working from home fashion is here to stay according to a recent report by the trend forecasting agency WGSN which foresees that comfort will continue to be essential to the new way we dress, with a rise in demand for tactile fabrics in cocooning shapes that are devoid of unnecessary design details. For staple leggings, made from up-cycled or recycled fabrics, Cleopatras rates the following brands: 


  • Nimble Activewear use custom engineered fabrics MoveLite and COMPRESSLITE™ for their leggings which are made from post-consumer used recycled plastics. Since launching in 2015, Nimble Activewear have recycled nearly 900,000 plastic bottles – find out how here (from £75) 

  • Dharma Bums recycled fabric leggings are also made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles from Taiwan – a country that recycles 55% of its waste. What are you doing to be more sustainable? (from 29.99 in the sale)

  • We Are Tala designs products that suit all body sizes, using Q-Nova fabrics that are currently 92% up-cycled. All the packaging, the swing tags and back neck labels to the bags are already all recycled and recyclable. We Are Tala also uses GOTS – The Global Recycled Standard (from £35).