By Maya McCarthy on October 10th, 2012
Reflecting deep feelings of sensuality, self confidence, passion and self care, lingerie has been for centuries echoing the intimate statement of style with eco-chic lines while offering plenty of options to delight even the most critical fashion lover. Since the recent launch of Stella McCartney’s eco-friendly lingerie collection called Stella, a review on deluxe ethical intimates labels would be therefore nothing but appropriate. The already mentioned Stella McCartney undies resonate the pure expression of daily refinement. The collection is made of organic cotton, satin, mesh, lace and recycled metals, blissfully available at mid-price points.
The Danish brand Underprotection intends to style the body through beautiful designs by using sustainable materials and establishing respectful relations with their suppliers, garment workers and partners. The brand offers an extensive range of lingerie and sleep wear – for both men and women – comprised of everything from classy and fancy pieces to sophisticated basics. This affordable luxury label’s commitment to fashion and sustainability is expressed in each detail of their business model, with attention to carbon footprint and production waste is taken as seriously as their work with visionary and ethical suppliers.
Life is Not Fair but My Knickers Are
Focusing on a casual feminine style, the brand Life is Not Fair but My Knickers Are brings graciously romantic prints in soft textiles, adding a touch of enchantment to the relaxation time. The label owners strongly believe that a stylish underwear can and should be ethically produced and uses fair trade cotton for the collection’s manufacture.
With a deep respect for Sri Lankan traditional weaving, Charini designs stress the basic concepts of beauty and comfort within timeless collections. The label utlizes a unique approach in their exclusive use of luxury reclaimed materials together with entirely hand woven silk and lace trims, eliminating all metals and plastic components. The designer and brand’s founder, Charini Suriyage, works together with local communities aiming to preserve the traditional craft techniques of Sri Lanka while incorporating elements of modern luxury in every single piece. Attractive and elegant, the label was prized during the Sri Lanka Design Festival in 2012 and has been increasingly gaining space in the global arena.
Natural dyeing excellence highlights the exquisite collections of R.A.W Textiles. The construction of the entire label’s array is exclusively based on hand dyed natural fibers such as silk, organic bamboo and other recycled fabrics. Teas, iron and berries harvested directly from the garden of the designer, Rio Wrenn, are the elements responsible for the remarkable and delicate color pallets while ancient Japanese Shibori technique provides dimension and authenticity to this fabulous lingerie line.
In the context of ethical fashion, stylish basics – the essential part of any wardrobe – are beautifully represented by brands such as Who made your pants? that works with refugees in Great Britain to produce lovely knickers from the industry’s leftovers, and Enamore who uses a broad range of sustainable materials such as organic cotton and natural silk, applying fair trade principles into their working relations.
Last but not least, following the same practices of using eco friendly materials and ethical labor conditions, the lingerie apparel brand TRU2U aims to engage college student communities by means of contemporary design and bright colors, creating awareness and involvement during production and consumption. Information about their upcoming launch can be obtained by subscribing to their website.
Priscilla Camargo is a scientist, conscious entrepreneur and blogger who is completely passionate about technology, arts and sustainability. Through her writing she shares her experiences on sustainable development and heritage both in fashion and design, always expressing her love of aesthetics created from the mix of different cultures and her commitment to social and environmental issues. You can find more about her work at her social media channels: , Facebook and Blog.