9 Mindfully-Made Lingerie Brands
Our most intimate pieces are also those in direct contact with our skin so it's important we pay attention to non-toxic dyes and organic materials in our lingerie. Here's my curated list of sustainable and/or ethically-made undergarments; nothing else comes closer next to skin so it's time to ditch those polyester panties and read on!
Scandinavian brand, Woron, was my first sustainable underwear purchase and it will certainly not be my last. I was first attracted to their soft bras, which provide natural shape and support and are the perfect 'under-a-t-shirt' bra. Simple yet feminine, their entire collection includes soft-bras, panties and bodysuits (i.e this one Emma Watson has sported frequently) that are perfectly fitted and made to last. The undergarments are produced in a small European factory and dyed without any toxic components. Plus, the material used for their pieces is modal, a pulp fiber from the sustainable beechwood tree that is extremely soft and breathable.
Land of Women
Produced in their NY studio, each undergarment made by lingerie brand Land of Women is comfortable, meticulously-designed and minimal. This brand of lingerie made by women made for women certainly gets it right- there's no frills and no wire; just comfortable undergarments intended for everyday use that won't have you counting down until home-time to undo your bra straps. Crafted of high-quality mesh and silky Italian stretch jersey, the line also includes nursing, sport and full cup bras. It's simply quality underwear made for every woman.
Since 2007, Brook There has proudly produced their undies and bras in the USA out of GOTS-certified organic cotton and real silk. A thoughtful brand to the core, they choose low-impact ways of producing from the milling of the cotton in South Carolina, to the dying in Pennsylvania and the cutting and sewing of the fabric in New England. The use of organic cotton in their products is not only better for Mother Earth (conventional cotton uses a massive amount of pesticides), it's also better for your lady bits; allowing for much more breathability. Their range of non-padded and wireless bras come in sizes 32A-36D and are incredibly comfortable and supportive.
Baserange was founded in 2012 with a commitment to creating modern basics with sustainability and quality at the forefront of their brand ethos. I love their 'less-is-more' approach; their whole range of sustainable basics are timeless, classic and easy to wear. They use high-quality natural fabrics such as organic or recycled cotton, natural silk, linen and bamboo for pieces that are made to last in terms of quality and wearability. Plus, it's seriously affordable. Their popular range of underwear, t-shirts and sweats are produced in small towns in Portugal, which is very close to their head office meaning the transportation of their garments also has a low carbon footprint.
I don't think many can disagree that traditional bras with their excessive padding and inflexible underwire are kind of the worst. So, there's a huge need for comfortable, liveable bras that still provide enough support. The creators of Pansy saw this gap in the market, along with the lack of comfy, ethical undies and started Pansy, an organic cotton underwear company. The organically grown natural fibers used in their incredibly comfortable undergarments are grown in Texas, milled in North Carolina and sewn in California keeping the whole production process domestic. In addition to being comfortable and ethical, the brand is also inclusive; casting women of all shapes, sizes and colors in their beautiful campaigns. Literally a dream collection.
Botanica Workshop is a lifestyle brand focusing on responsibly produced intimates made of organic and sustainable materials. Ecologically minded in terms of their materials, manufacturing and operation policies, they have been creating small production runs of quality undergarments since 2014 and doing a damn good job of it. To me, they are the perfect example of a brand that doesn't sacrifice style for sustainability, as each piece has a designer aesthetic. They also partner with local artisans in Los Angeles who use natural materials such as organic cotton, silk and recycled nylon to make their well-crafted pieces.
Lovingly hand-sewn in Los Angeles, Larkspur's understated yet sexy undergarments are produced responsibly from locally-sourced eco-friendly fabrics. High quality GOTS-certified organic cotton, botanical modal and repurposed silks from the wasteful fashion industry form the base of their lingerie. It's the perfect blend of sex appeal and functionality. In bright colors and an underlying bohemian aesthetic, they even allow customers to customize their products by making them vegan or attaching smaller or larger cups. This is made possible due to the small selection of stock they have on hand at any time in an effort to reduce waste and labor.
Meet The Nude Label; the Spanish underwear brand designed to feel like second skin. The designers formed the brand to be minimal, comfortable and have the least environmental impact possible. Designed and produced sustainably in Spain, their materials are locally sourced in Mataro and made in a family factory in Valencia. Friends and non-models of the designers are used in their lookbooks and campaigns and their pieces (which come in a beautifully neutral color palette) are constructed to flatter and move with the curves of our bodies. A brand that promotes self-acceptance and sustainability is a beautiful thing.
Only Hearts was founded in 1978 and today, the mother and daughter team offers a full range of sensual and modern lingerie that is proudly manufactured in New York City from locally-sourced and deadstock textiles. Romantic and made-to-be-seen is the name of their game with the likes of Kate Moss, Elle Fanning and Dakota Johnson getting behind the brand's range of sweet undies, bralettes, sleepwear and bodysuits. They also delve deep into what makes their organic line, organic, in terms of production, manufacturing, packaging and distribution (which you can read more about here).