Your Guide To Sustainable Lingerie

by: Rosie Dalton | 3 months ago | Features

The Underwire Bra by Nico

Underwear is essentially universal – we all need to wear it – therefore it is also one of the most important areas to shop sustainably. A lot of underwear is made from conventional cotton – which has been known to negatively impact women's health – or synthetic fibres, which shed microfibres that can clog up our waterways. Simply put, then, sustainable lingerie is better lingerie.

But there are all different kinds of sustainable lingerie options out there. So here we're running through some of the key sustainable lingerie fabrications: organic cotton, Modal, and bamboo. These fabrics look good and they are good too. 

1) Organic cotton

Bra in Sunflower by Pansy.

According to the Cotton Advisory Committee (CAC), conventional cotton still represents as much as 5% of all pesticides and 14% of all insecticides use globally. Organic cotton, on the other hand, is grown using methods and materials that have a low environmental impact. Designed to reduce the use of toxic pesticides and fertilisers commonly used in conventional cotton production, this approach also helps to replenish soil fertility and maintain biodiversity, rather than stripping the earth of these qualities. 

2) Modal

The Full Cup Bra by Nico

Pioneered by Austrian company Lenzing, Modal is a semi-synthetic cellulose fibre that's made by spinning reconstituted cellulose from sustainably harvested beech trees. As Lenzing explains, “the way that beech trees grow is something truly special. They multiply by ‘rejuvenation’ which means that the trees propagate by themselves.” When grown using sustainable harvesting methods, the wood from this tree is  much less thirsty than cotton, because it requires no artificial irrigation or planting.

3) Bamboo

The Leo High Cut Bra by Hara.

Bamboo is another key sustainable fabric. This fibre is very fast-growing, renewable and easy-to-grow. Unlike conventional cotton, bamboo requires very little irrigation and is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilisers. Not only does it grow in a wide range of environments, but it can also help to prevent soil erosion – which is great for biodiversity. 



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