I've had a running list of ethical lingerie options going for a while. What with Valentine's Day coming up, I decided now is a good time to share. After challenging myself to buy only ethical clothing, I found lingerie to be the most frustrating to find. Vintage slips can be charming, but second-hand undies are not, so the challenge is to find sustainable options. Unfortunately, most of these brands still suffer from the same lack of ethnic, body, and ability diversity as the conventional lingerie industry, but let's just tackle one issue at a time. Today, it's sustainability and here's what I've found:
Anekdot crafts each and every piece of their limited edition collections in their Berlin studio to maintain the highest quality with the least wastage. They also upcyle their materials from the luxury fashion industry and its many leftovers. If you are looking for uniquely crafted pieces, check them out.
I just discovered Ayten Gasson and had to add them to the list. They source vintage lace trims from the old lace mills in Nottingham, and new English lace from companies based in the UK. Every piece from Ayten Gasson is designed and made in the UK. Some of their pieces are made from Peace Silk which allows the worm to emerge naturally, making it a vegan product.
Azura Bay is an online boutique that offers women a way to shop for luxurious and stylish lingerie, swim, and loungewear by their values: ethical production, local options, artisan & handmade production, Fair Trade and eco-friendly fabrics and production processes.
Beyond the brands, Azura Bay is committed to making green choices as much as possible, especially for packaging and promotion choices. Most of the packaging is 100% recycled content and produced in the United States. Additionally, when you make a purchase, Azura Bay will donate a portion of the proceeds from your order to one of three organizations of your choice; The Nature Conservancy of Canada, WWF Canada, and Because I am a Girl. Azura Bay’s vision is to create positive change for fashion through the types of brands it works with and giving back to the global community.
Base Range is a line of sustainable under and easy wear. They work exclusively with small family based factories, Base Range underwear t-shirts, sweats and leather garments are produced in small towns around Porto in Portugal and woven garments are all produced in a small town in Turkey called Odemis. Natural fibers such as organic cotton, recycled cotton or wool, natural silk or linen and bamboo are used at the heart of Base Range’s fabrics.
Between the Sheets has by far the most extensive collection. You can shop by category, trend, activity, color, or collection to easily find the types of pieces you're looking for. Whether you need basics or something special, you will likely find it. Between the Sheets is committed to sustainability. All of their pieces are made in NYC and materials are sourced locally whenever possible.
Faeries Dance clothing is made from environmentally sensitive fabrics and low-impact dyes, sourced from both US and overseas manufacturers who take care to ensure that all workers are treated fairly, are safe from sweatshop conditions, and receive living wages. This is one of the few brands that includes larger sizing (and a nursing bra). They even address this issue in their FAQs and offer some suggestions for larger sizes.
I love the vintage feel of Luva Huva! They produce handmade clothing using ethically sourced and sustainable fabrics wherever possible. Fabrics include 100% organic cotton, bamboo, and soy fabrics, along with end of line remnants, and vintage lace. Luva Huva products are hand made in the UK.
Madonna Bain is all about organic luxury and uses only quality natural, organic & eco-friendly textiles. Collections are manufactured in Australia and Indonesia with GOTS certified organic cotton yarn, and under fair working conditions with environmentally friendly practices wherever possible.
I hope that this helps those of you on the quest for sustainable underthings. These brands help to address issues surrounding sustainability in the industry, but as I mentioned, do not address other ethical problems like lack of diversity. I'll tackle that issue in the future. If you know of any other sustainable lingerie brands, please share in the comments!
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