Shop 15 Sustainable Lingerie Brands to Build a Better Wardrobe Foundation
In an effort to get your wardrobe to a more eco-conscious place, you might start to get familiar with sustainable lingerie brands. While you can shop vintage or secondhand clothes, shoes, and handbags, most prefer to buy new intimates for sanitary reasons. Fortunately, there are plenty of sustainably made options among the overwhelming number of brands and styles to choose from when selecting a new bra or undies.
Take your pick between organic cotton briefs, biodegradable silk slips, and recycled polyester bralettes. Or go for limited-run lingerie sets made from surplus fabric from stylishly sweet brands like Knickey, Fruity Booty, and Mary Young. With brands like these, you can build your foundation for a more eco-friendly wardrobe from the inside out (literally). Whether you’re looking for yourself or a loved one this Valentine’s Day, the earth and your Valentine will thank you.
Araks’s sweet bralettes and undies just got sweeter. Last fall, the brand launched an organic and recycled cotton collection, composed of 70% organic cotton and 30% upcycled cotton mixed with wood pulp (the wood pulp is a “closed loop” resource, meaning 99% of the solvent used is reused and all of the water is recycled). The initiative makes this selection of candy-colored intimate sets one of the best options when it comes to sustainable lingerie.
Not only is Knickey bringing awareness to the harmful chemicals and toxins that are found in synthetic fabrics used by manufacturers in the underwear industry, the brand is also big on recycling too. Its certified-organic cotton undies are free of toxic chemicals and come in a range of essential colors and limited-edition hues. Knickey will also accept old, unwanted underwear and recycle them for you so it doesn’t end up in landfills.
Minimalists rejoice! Kye Intimates is proof that sustainable lingerie can be delicate and slinky while also functional and good for the planet. The brand uses deadstock fabrics and renewable materials for their revealing yet chic mesh undergarments—and everything ships in 100% recycled mailers.
Summersalt’s simple undergarment silhouettes are both comfortable and cute—see the label’s sweet rib textures in a range of muted colors. Their Feel Free line offers a handful of underwear silhouettes from thongs to briefs to bralettes, all of which are made from recycled plastic bottles.
Base Range’s lingerie may come in easy silhouettes and clean lines, but it’s anything but boring. The brand prioritizes using natural, organic, or recycled materials and works with small family businesses for production. One of the factories (which is close to the brand’s headquarters in France) uses a natural dyeing process with plant-based pigments and collects rain water from the roof for the process. The quality fabrics from natural fibers and recycled materials are ultimately crafted into its signature, laid-back lingerie we love.
If you love Everlane’s basics, you’re sure to love their line of essential undergarments. The styles are made from ECONYL® 100% regenerated nylon which is made of recycled plastic bottles, plus they’re dyed with bluesign®-approved dyes.
A cult-favorite in the activewear space, it was only a matter of time before Girlfriend made their own eco-friendly undergarments. Their bralette and undies are recycled from water bottles and are recyclable—you can also recycle your unwanted pairs with their ReGirlfriend program. Between this bralette and undie, 11 plastic bottles were diverted from landfills.
Embracing a slow-design practice, Los Angeles–based Botanica Workshop produces responsibly made intimates with a retro-meets-minimalist aesthetic. The brand uses a mix of natural, luxurious materials such as organic cotton, durable silks, and Oeko-Tex-certified recycled nylons, plus everything is sourced and produced domestically.
Mesh detailing and high-waist undies are this Canada-based lingerie brand’s signature. Mary Young’s signature rayon, made from organic bamboo, is Oeko-Tex certified with a reduced carbon footprint. Young also puts in a great deal of thought when it comes to packaging her sheer, pastel lingerie sets too. Each bra or panty is carefully wrapped in compostable tissue and shipped in 100% recycled-content packaging.
Based out of Copenhagen, Organic Basics offers minimalist-inspired, eco-friendly bras, underwear, and essentials made from an array of natural, recycled, biodegradable, and renewable textiles and fabrics, all at an accessible price point.
In a soothing array of colors, Brook There’s organic cotton undergarments give a modern take on vintage-inspired silhouettes, such as full-coverage triangle bralettes, high-waist briefs, and elastic-waist boy shorts. All are milled and dyed in California and cut and sewn in the U.S.
You may have seen U.K.-based brand Fruity Booty while scrolling on Instagram, but you may not know that more than 80% of its flirty, small-batch styles are made from surplus fabrics (this includes the elastics and hardware too!). Fruity Booty believes that when customers know that its pieces are not replaceable, they’ll take better care of them. Plus, the brand has a zero-single-use-plastic policy in its supply chain, and you can expect your package to be delivered in recycled mailers and packaging.
For Proclaim’s line of nude-hued lingerie essentials, sustainability is all about the materials. The brand uses both Tencel- and Repreve-recycled polyester for its collection of super-soft bralettes and mid-rise briefs.
The eye-catching colors of Parade’s size-inclusive underwear collections are now made from recycled yarns. Plus, to reduce the label’s carbon-emission footprint, your undies are shipped in compostable packaging made from 100% corn starch.
NK Imode produces two limited-run collections of timeless robes, slips, and bralettes a year. These slinky pieces are made from rescued stock materials or 100% biodegradable silk. Plus, its factory is WRAP Certified, which means its sleepwear is being produced in an ethical environment.
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