Hi! Welcome to my blog. I’m a big advocate for shopping second-hand but some things, like underwear, are things I buy new. I know that a lot of people feel the same, so I’ve compiled a list of my favourite ethical and sustainable underwear brands for those whose sock drawer needs an update!
A lot of sustainable underwear is quite lowkey, with standard colours and designs. There’s a mix of those basics and some more ~ saucy ~ options too.
I’ve looked for companies on the smaller end, whose materials, production & packaging are all as sustainable and ethical as possible. Most of these are UK based and as affordable as I could find.
Related: A Guide To Sustainable Materials
Stripe & Stare
Stripe and Stare is a British brand whose knickers are made out of Tencel/Modal – a material composed of wood pulp from a sustainable tree farm. The fabric is made in a closed-loop process which means that all the chemicals are captured and reused – and is biodegradable. It’s also a lot more breathable than cotton, anti-bacterial, durable and so so soft!
Their underwear is made in China, and the owners have travelled their themselves to visit the factory, where the workers are treated fairly. The packaging is all compostable or recyclable and they work to make their products as sustainable as they can be.
Their beautiful lace lingerie is found, designed, dyed and handmade in England. Their aim is to empower women – those who make their lingerie and those who wear it. They’re a member of Brighton & Hove’s living wage scheme and employ three women as seamstresses. I love their colourful & delicate lace sets!
If you’re looking for some basics then Sloanie is a great option. They use the same Tencel/Modal as Stripe & Stare and manufacture their products in factories certified by the Fair Wear Foundation who ensure fair working conditions & wages.
Hara The Label
Hara is an Australian brand with free worldwide shipping. They use bamboo fabric which can be grown with not a lot of land, water and pesticides. The process of turning the plant into thread can be harmful but Hara
Their products are then sewn and dyed in Melbourne and they pay employees a living wage. They use plant-based dyes which are biodegradable and don’t impact the environment. I love their colour options – especially pumpkin!
Lara Intimates have a limited selection of items, but their size range (26A-36I) and sustainable credentials make up for it. They use dead-stock fabric (that would normally have gone to landfill) and practise a zero-waste policy in their factory.
Luva Huva’s lingerie is designed, sewn, made and packaged by a 4-person team in Brighton, England. Several eco-friendly fabrics are used including Bamboo, Hemp, Organic Cotton, Soy and Tencel – and end-of-line/cutoff fabric which would otherwise be thrown away. They also try to be as inclusive as possible and will make items to custom measurements free of charge.
I hope that this post was useful and that you’ve discovered some new and amazing sustainable underwear brands. I’d love to hear any other brands that you know of, I’m always on the
Bye for now x