Sponsored by Azura Bay, an online boutique specializing in luxurious ethical and sustainable lingerie and swimwear. Though for several years, sustainable and ethical apparel labels like Zady and Everlane have been taking the fashion world by storm, lingerie lines that are ethical or eco-friendly remained few and far between. Fortunately, designers are recognizing the importance of creating comfortable, beautiful underwear that is good for wearers, makers, and the environment alike. To help you find underwear you can feel good about wearing, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite sustainable and ethical lingerie labels: Canadian label Sokoloff Lingerie boasts feminine, contemporary designs that are ethically manufactured in Montreal. They source their materials locally or from NYC as often as possible. The company is committed to promoting healthy body image and celebrating diverse forms of beauty. This cult-favorite lingerie brand has been around since 1983, and is best known for comfortable, high-quality, and eye-catching pieces. For two generations, Cosabella has been a family business, and continues producing everything in Italy to this day. They take measures to ensure that their employees are treated well, and that the factories they work with adhere to Italy’s labor standards. This ethical lingerie brand offers sleek, edgy intimates made by hand in NYC. They support local businesses by sourcing their materials from New York whenever possible. Their made-to-order laces come from small family-run mills in Italy and France. All garments are customizable and produced in house.
Founded in 2012, this Danish brand makes supremely comfortable yet subtly chic underthings. They focus on using high quality, organic fabrics in innovative ways that benefits both producer and consumer while minimizing environmental impact.This Maine-based label offers consciously-made lingerie and clothing with a clean, understated, and not-too-girly aesthetic. According to their site, about half of the items on their site—including bralettes, underwear, clothing, and accessories—are made from organic cotton milled in South Carolina, and then garment-dyed in small batches. Other fabrics they use include organic wool and silk. Many of their pieces are cut and sewn locally in Maine, and all of their production is done in New England. Ayten Gasson carries classically-beautiful lingerie manufactured by small local production houses. The UK-based label takes its commitment to preserving the tradition of textile manufacturing seriously. For over a decade, the brand has sourced vintage lace trims from old lace mills in Nottingham and other laces from UK manufacturers. The company now also features a capsule collection of eco-friendly lingerie, which includes pieces made from organic silk and cruelty-free peace silk. Best known for its bold yet elegant designs, Naja empowers marginalized women and supports the environment in numerous ways. Most of the employees in their garment factory are single mothers or female breadwinners. The women are provided with above-market wages, healthcare benefits, flexible work policies, and educational supplies for their children. Their Underwear for Hope program provides Colombian women with the opportunity to work from home and make lingerie wash bags, which are included in each Naja purchase. In addition, Naja has also demonstrated a commitment to protecting the environment. Their gorgeous eco-friendly bras are made from recycled water bottles, and they use digital printing to eliminate water waste. This brand mainly caters to men with a monthly shipment, but the women's items look just as comfy and fun! The fabric is made in a carbon-neutral method that converts sustainably harvested beechwood pulp into MicroModal fibers. Then it's woven in a GOTS certified facility, and sewn in Sri Lanka and Turkey. Pansy is an organic cotton underwear company. Their organic cotton is grown and milled domestically and their comfy underwear are designed and sewn locally in California. Sustainably sourced and sewn in Los Angeles, this ultra-comfy underwear brand uses a modal/cotton blend, and the pieces are designed by women, and made by women in women-owned factories. Uye Surana uses innovative methods for sustainable manufacturing. For example, different styles are designed cohesively and later cut harmoniously from the same fabric, rather than separately, to reduce waste, and the designer, Monica, uses natural materials such as flower petals, or unique hand-dyed techniques that preserve resources. All materials are sourced from both trusted overseas suppliers and a growing list of more local suppliers, and are assembled in Brooklyn or hand-sewn with care in the designer's NYC studio. Based in downtown Los Angeles, Svala boasts several different sustainable initiatives. Their pieces are made from organic cotton, organic bamboo fibers, and remnant laces and trims leftover from other manufacturers. Though in recent years, there has been some controversy over the sustainability of bamboo, Svala works with a fabric supplier that uses a GOTS-approved processing chemical. All of the company’s tags, labels, and promotional materials are printed on 100% recycled paper.
KENT is a collection of organic silk basics in neutral tones. The simple lingerie shapes designed to contour the body use certified organic silks, low impact dyes, and a fair, transparent supply chain.