As a woman and having a let’s say “generous” breast I need a bra and I feel better when I wear one. So, when we start to change our purchase’s habits, at some points we start to think “And what about my lingerie?”.
The great thing is that today it is more and more easy to find eco, ethical, sustainable, organic bras and underwear in general. But let’s be honest most of the time, the comfort wins over the “charming” design – no lace, no sheer… The organic cotton is the best friend of the eco-friendly underwear’s labels.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against this type of underwear, I have just been in love with lace since I started to wear bras and I have always been willing to have COMFORTABLE LINGERIE, YES, BUT IT HAD TO BE LACY!
Coming from this observation, here are 11 ETHICAL LINGERIE LABELS WHICH OFFER FEMININITY AND BEAUTY FOR THE WOMEN WHO DO NOT WANT TO LET GO THEIR “DESIRABLE SIDE”.
This brand features a lot of silk and lace lingerie but the icing on the cake is her use of upcycled lace which she unearths from Nottingham old lace mills and UK manufacturers.
The brand has a genuine sustainable approach to fashion and so when old trims of lace are not used, it is model, bamboo or organic silk which take over it.
Her pieces of handmade lingerie are real luxury, and if you like delicate, fine and vintage underwear, I believe you will like this brand.
Ayten Gasson is based in the UK.
The label does not want to have a harmful impact on the planet thus trims, remnants and vintage fabrics are the main fabrics used. However, they also use natural and eco-friendly fabrics like hemp, soy or Tencel.
All the lingerie pieces are done by the team of 3 people who combine their skills to produce each underwear.
Luva Huva is based in the UK.
This brand is the definition of an upcycled label! To make their lingerie they use end-of-lines, deadstock, leftovers, vintage trims from closing down factories, miscalculations, designers’ surplus. Hence, all the underwear you would buy there is a limited edition.
Anekdot universe is filled of lace and sophisticated pieces whice are handmade in their Berlin workshop.
This is how we should see fashion for a better and funnier world!
Anekdot is based in Germany.
This brand’s designer uses trims from remnant suppliers, so she uses what is already been made and so does not have to add to these tones of fabrics weave every year, but this brand is more than that. She committed herself to use GOTS certified organic cotton which is dyed with low impact dyes.
She creates only small batches which are handmade by Australian and Balinese seamstresses in their own homes and in their own time.
Some sleek and refined lingerie with a hint of lace to highlight the delicate shades of colours is what offers this label. Eco Intimates is simply “fashion with conscience”.
Eco Intimates is based in Australia.
Imagine being inspired by the textures, the colours, the fabric itself? The medium has a message to tell you… This is the way Clare Bare does. Isn’t it more respectful for the planet, the seamstresses… to wait for the inspiration to strike than following the fashion calendar?
Clare Bare uses organic dyes: the Brazilian Logwood for the purples, and the blacks, the Indian Lac for the pinks and the reds, the Caribbean Plants for the teals and the blue, the Osage Orange for the yellows. As for the fabrics, they use modal and Tencel (soon) as well as organic cotton when they do not use vintage finds from the 60’s and 70’s period.
Clare Bare is based in the US.
The label uses eco fabrics such as recycled polyester, milk fibres, lyocell, GOTS certified cotton, and recycled wool.
Underprotection works with a small factory in New Delhi which works only for them and employs only 20 people. Moreover, this factory is certified by Fair Wear Foundation that ensures the transparent production, fair wages and a good working environment.
Because ethical fashion does not have to be boring go to their website or one of their stockists and give it a go!
Underprotection is based in Denmark.
Loaded of sheer mesh and lace, Between the Sheets is a delicate and sexy brand.
Their collections is made from plant-based fibres and every underwear bought will fund the planting of a tree as they are a member of One Percent for the Planet.
The label made it clear that staying local is something important for them, therefore everything takes place within the US from the sewing to the warehousing.
Between the Sheets is based in the US.
LET’S EMPOWER WOMEN AND CELEBRATE THE DIVERSE FORMS OF BEAUTY
This brand had to fall into the empowering women section as there is a deep concern in here about offering underwear which could fit everyone, would offer an extra support, sizes from xs to 3xl, and above all representing more bodies and people in fashion industry. They are specified in bralette and therefore invented a new patent to make a comfortable adjustable in size bralette.
The label is a slow fashion brand, all the lingerie is handmade by them in New-York and they work with small factories near them to create small lots at a time, there is no way they would “overproduce”. They try to reduce the pollution made by transportation and so work with locals and use a fair amount of reclaimed deadstock! In addition to that, they have created a partnership with a recycling team to be sure their leftovers are reused.
Uye Surana is based in the US.
The brand encourages a positive body image and celebrates women’s curves as well as a natural look – Be authentic, imperfect, beautiful!
They contribute to an ethical production from fabric sourcing to manufacturing locally in Quebec.
Sokoloff is based in Canada.
Are you in love with the pin up period? Polka dots, girlish frilly knickers, lace, tulle, retro baby doll style… If Yes, you gotta pay them a visit! This London-based label, which makes all the lingerie pieces with only UK suppliers, is all about offering unconventional, eccentric lingerie – Why would you be like others when you can be yourself?
What make them eco-friendly? They custom make to order lingerie and swimwear. They do not hold stock and do make things especially for you.
Have you ever thought of a bespoke bra? You have an idea in mind, a picture and you would like the exact same bodysuit, some remnant fabrics or accessories you would like to incorporate in a nice lingerie set, Buttress & Snatch would do it for you! Plus, they do not create waste as they do not overproduce – Imagine they can reuse the wires of your old bra…
Apart of that, they like to vary their styles and so they do not have to sew hundreds of times the same thing every single day. It should be always like that as it can be quite miserable to repeat the same seams all the time, don’t you think so?
Buttress & Snatch is based in the UK.
You believe we have to do something to empower women, single mothers, women who are heads of their households? Naja is all about offering something more to women through nude and super colourful bras!
The brand employs single mothers and women who are heads of their households. The women are provided with above market wages, healthcare benefits, flexible work policies, and educational supplies for their children. Plus, with their Underwear for Hope program they employ marginalized women from Columbia to help them to make a living and to become their own “micro-entrepreneurs”.
About their environmental footprint, they use digital and sublimation printing to reduce water waste and endeavour to use fabrics made out of recycled plastic bottles in all of their collections.
Apart of that, the label creates comfy, feminine and audacious pieces of underwear for every woman, because we are all beautiful no matter the age or the shape!
Trying to reduce the waste we can make by sewing clothes, using trims and remnant fabrics, trying to introduce new/old kind of natural fibres in the collections, finding beautiful vintage leftovers from another era… means that THESE LABELS WILL OFFER YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO WEAR SOMETHING UNIQUE, many times un-replicable, and by purchasing those beauties YOU WILL ALLOW THEM TO KEEP BEING INSPIRED because creating lingerie through this process enable people to have exciting days, and in no ways boring ones (because no one loves repeating the same piece over and over again)…
I love thinking that reducing waste develop our creativity and imagination, therefore I hope I managed to give you the desire to buy at least from one of these brands which even if they are sustainable brands still offer us nice, sexy, flattering, full of femininity lingerie!
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