Image credit: Ayten Gasson
hile you can shop secondhand for many items in your wardrobe if you're trying to be sustainable, lingerie is one item you still need to buy new. So the most sustainable lingerie options come from slow fashion brands - small businesses using recycled materials, deadstock and producing their sustainable lingerie in small batches to avoid creating waste. Here's some of our favourite finds!
Bella black silk high waisted knicker by Ayten Gasson
Based in Brighton, Ayten Gasson Lingerie has become recognised for a firm commitment to ethical manufacturing. Designer Ayten Roberts is dedicated to supporting local companies and is well known for her use of upcycled vintage laces, highlighting traditional skills which the UK was once celebrated for. Organic fabrics such as Bamboo and Peace Silk regularly feature within her collections as a testament to her ethical and sustainable approach.
This retro-inspired 100% silk knicker sits flatteringly high on the waist with scalloped English lace detailing around each leg. Matching bra available.
Organic cotton pyjama by AmaElla
An elegant Organic cotton pyjama set in embroidered voile, with navy velvet adjustable straps and lace details, ethically made in Portugal by women being paid a living wage.This soft and breathable GOTS organic cotton embroidered voile comes from India.
Puglia bodysuit by Cosabella
Cosabella is a family-owned business which has been making luxury lingerie in Italy since its launch in 1983. The Cosabella philosophy is rooted in exceptional quality, classic Italian craftsmanship and unexpected details. Cosabella works closely with local producers in order to manufacture the finest silks and lace and they introduced an eco-conscious lingerie collection made from recycled materials in 2020.
Oh darling bralette by Daniela Paradeis
Handmade to order in Vienna, Austria, this bralette is made with lace appliquéd vegan leather and decorated with herringbone bows. Daniela was inspired to start a sustainable brand after working in the fashion industry and witnessing the problems with fast fashion first hand. Now she designs with materials made of local production surplus or dead stock.
Bustier Liao by Olly Lingerie
Olly Lingerie works with European factories and uses certified GOTS organic cotton and non-noxious dyes certified Oeko-Tex 100, making sure that this underwear does not contain harmful substances. Their recycled lace is made from recycled fiber thread recovered from production scraps (which would usually be thrown away to be destroyed). In addition to the waste savings, this thread saves: 90% water and 80% electricity.
Delilah cup bra by Nette Rose
Ethically made in South Africa – Nette Rose produce in short production runs to avoid creating waste. They source threads from a South African based company who have a zero landfill policy and utilize solar energy.
Matching knickers are available.
Dahlia longline bra by Posie
Delicate barely-there tulle is scattered with the softest floral embroidery featuring hidden golden bees. Stems of delicate green embroidery cover the bust, reaching flowers of burgundy and baby pink. Posie produces their garments with vegan bamboo silk, deadstock lace and organic cotton, in small manufacturing runs on a pre-order model to avoid waste.
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