10 Sexy Sustainable Lingerie Brands

I normally crop photos to a uniform size for my blog post but this week I couldn’t imagine cropping this amazing pose by model Lexy Lu, photographed by Dollhouse Photography, for lingerie brand Buttress and Snatch. What a pose! What a company name! Whoever said sustainable couldn’t be sexy doesn’t know about this company.

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I have posted a list of sustainable ethical underwear brands before but I kept some special ones for a valentine post. I’ll be honest it’s been a long time since I bought some fancy knickers – another side effect of parenting they don’t warn you about! If you feels it’s time to indulge your inner siren but don’t want to a side of consumer guilt then check out these conscientious creators.

Lara Intimates is a London-based design studio that sources surplus luxury lingerie fabrics from a UK supplier. They also state that their elastics, strapping, underbands and bindings are made and dyed by a responsible British manufacturer.  They aim to cut patterns so as to minimise waste fabric and anything that is wasted, is saved to be shredded and used as stuffing in a new garment. Because the company founders couldn’t find a sustainable lingerie factory every Lara garment is made in-house, in their Soho studio, London.

UK brand Siku Moja design for longevity, constructing their small collection of garments to last and selecting end of line and organic materials, that wear well. They state that they build open and transparent partnerships with micro-businesses and small producers that specialise in handmade small-scale production. If they need to buy new they only source from the UK.

Based in London Ayten Gasson makes her lingerie in the UK using locally made lace and local companies as much as possible. She also uses vintage lace, modal, bamboo, peace silk and organic silk.

Ciel Lingerie

Ceil Lingerie in the UK make select pieces of lingerie from certified organic cotton or alpaca, certified man-made fibres, sustainable fibres such as Lyocel and hemp. They use 100% Azo free dyes, work with local manufacturers in the UK and local development groups in India in accordance with the rules set out in Labour Behind the Label. The company also operates a Carbon Neutral offsetting programme with www.staro.org and their designer Sarah Ratty is an adviser to the Soil Association Textile Advisory Committee and works as an Eco-design consultant.

Bunny Smalls hand-finish lingerie in the UK from locally sourced end-of-line lace, vintage lace trims and UK-sourced jersey and silk, wherever possible.

UK company Buttress & Snatch (see top photo) make lingerie to order out of materials from UK suppliers and manufacturers.

French brand Peau Ethique make lingerie from silk and GOTS certified organic cotton in a factory in India that is SA8000 standard for fair working conditions. Their garments also comply with REACH regulations and are free of formaldehyde, azo dyes and aromatic solvents.

Do You Green Bra

Do You Green from France make bras, knickers, lounge and yoga wear from organic pinewood fibres (aka Rayon or Viscose) from sustainable forests, which the company says absorbs perspiration twice as much as cotton and is softer than any other cloth. All of their materials are made in France, as is the dying, and both are is done to the Oekotex standard. Their packaging is also plastic free.

Photo Credit : Colette Pomerleau

German brand Anekdot make stunning underwear from surplus fabrics and Econyl, a 100% post-consumer waste polyamide yarn. Their elastic trimmings are high quality leftovers from big runs, originally made for UK brands in the 80s. Hooks & eyes, rings and slides are ‘Made in Germany’ and locally sourced and their garments are ethically made in Berlin by a small team of artisan sewers.

Danish brand Underprotection makes their underwear from certified organic cotton, recycled polyester, Lyocell, milk fibre (made from sour milk!!!!!!) and recycled wool in a small factory in New Dehli, India. They only use certified materials and in 2013 they obtained the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) young designer license.

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PS – In previous years at this time I’ve blogged about Valentine Paper Crafts and ideas for Handmade Valentine Cards

 

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