My favorite black leggings are made from recycled plastic bottles — they’re so soft and stretchy and not sheer at all

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In a typical seven-day week, I wear black leggings four or five days. They’re honestly my absolute favorite thing to wear now that I work from home, and I truly look forward to putting them on every morning.

Given that black leggings are basically my everyday uniform right now, it shouldn’t be surprising that I own a lot of them. Like probably more than 15 pairs of plain black leggings from all different brands. Some are great and I really love them, while others are just so-so.

My latest addition is the Black FLOAT Ultralight Legging from Girlfriend Collective, and after just two wears, I want to wear them all the time.

Girlfriend Collective Black FLOAT Ultralight Legging, $78

Credit: Girlfriend Collective

If you can believe it, these leggings are actually made from 90% recycled plastic bottles (RPET). Wild, right? The rest of the fabric content is spandex, so they’re nice and stretchy. You’re probably wondering what recycled plastic bottles actually feel like on your skin, huh? Well, you’d be surprised to know the material actually feels amazing. It’s soft and lightweight and stretches to fit all your curves but doesn’t lose its shape throughout the day. As someone who owns an admittedly ridiculous number of black leggings, I can tell you these are top-notch.

Some of the highlights of the Girlfriend Collective Ultralight Leggings include built-in UV protection and quality construction, which means they never turn sheer. Plus, they’re recyclable. Yes, really! When you’ve worn these leggings down to their last, well, leg, you can use the ReGirlfriend program to ensure they don’t end up in a landfill.

You probably won’t be shocked to learn that I am not the only person who lives for these leggings. They have more than 4,900 reviews on the Girlfriend Collective website and 4.5 out of 5 stars. Shoppers love them for many of the same reasons I do.

“Best leggings out there,” wrote one shopper. “Be sure to get the right size, and you will absolutely fall in love with these. I want one in every color.”

Another reviewer wrote, “The FLOAT fabric really is the best thing I’ve ever tried from Girlfriend (and my favorite leggings in general).”

Even a shopper who purchased them for someone else left a rave review. They wrote, “I got these for my girlfriend, and she loves them. They’re super comfy and nice quality.”

There’s no denying that $78 is pretty pricey for a pair of leggings, but if you wear them often (like I do) then they’re totally worth it. I’d pay that much for a good-quality pair of jeans, so why not for leggings that I’m likely to wear way more?

If you just can’t drop that much dough right away, here’s some good news: select colors of the Girlfriend Collective Ultralight Leggings are on sale for more than $20 off. Shop them here.

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