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August 12, 2020 0 Comments
17 Ethical Lingerie brands based in the UK
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We all have basics in our underwear collection, but not necessarily eco-friendly ones. I've compiled a list of lingerie where you will find simpler ones or ones with a little more flair! :) There are lots of beautiful brands out there but in today's post we are focusing on ethical lingerie from the UK!
1. Alexander Clementine
Alexander Clementine is a sustainable underwear brand that was founded by Freya and Alex, a couple that wanted to shake up the sustainable fashion industry and create sexy underwear. What makes Alexander Clementine unique is their use of a silk like fabric made from Tencel and Seacell - a newer eco fabric made from cellulose and Laminaria digitata, an edible brown seaweed that's also referred to as horsetail kelp.
Size: Triangle Bras run from S to L, while bralettes run XS to XL.
2. Ayten Gasson
Ayten Gasson makes luxury silk lingerie, handmade in their Brighton Boutique. They have a sustainable collection that uses upcycled vintage laces, organic fabrics such as bamboo and peace silk. The new cotton lace is sourced from companies based in the UK. Ayten Gasson designs, drafts the patterns and produces the samples in their studio.
Sizes: Soft Bras size S to L, underwire bras are available in band size 32 to 36 and cup size B to D.
3. Beaumont Organic
Beaumont Organic uses GOTS certified organic cotton for their bra and knickers collection. They work with factories in the EU and give long lead times so that the factory workers don't need to work longer hours to meet deadlines. Beaumont Organic set up The Beaumont Organic Foundation which donates 1% of annual profits to helping the people and children in Taveuni, Fiji. They support the Loloma Foundation and continue to renovate the local hospital.
Sizes: XS to L
4. Buttress & Snatch
Buttress & Snatch is a playful British made lingerie brand . Everything is made by hand in their Hackney, London studio, using high end deadstock waste materials from the fashion industry with recycled and eco fabrics from UK suppliers. They do small scale custom production which allows them to make a diverse range of sizes and styles, all made to order. They buy their materials from UK suppliers and do what they can to support UK manufacturing every step of the way. They have been making lingerie since 1999.
Sizes: 32B to 36D but can make custom sizes if your size is not available.
Elliss creates lingerie and clothing using conscious design methods and minimal waste. They use natural fabrics such as organic cotton, hemp, bamboo. Elliss works with 2 manufacturers - one in London and a second one in Slovenia where all offcuts and threads are recycled into mattress fillers and insulations. The printer they work with in the Netherlands uses GOTS certified non toxic dyes.
Sizes: S to L
6. Frank & Faith
Frank & Faith curates their lingerie pieces from various well known eco-friendly brands such as Boody, People Tree and Thought. They are a marketplace for the conscious consumer!
UK sizing: 8 to 16
Greenfibres believes that sustainability "starts with the farmer and the cotton picker working in a safe environment". They are an organic cotton basics brand that believe in the safe working conditions and fair pay of their workers.
Sizes: 32A to 38C or XS to XL depending on the bra as they are sometimes manufactured at different factories.
**has maternity bras suitable for breastfeeding
Juliemay is an ethical luxury lingerie brand that uses organic pima cotton and silk as their fabrics of choice. The fabric closest to the skin is silk, which wicks away moisture for breathability and gives you that most luxurious feel. Juliemay is certified to be an allergy friendly product by AllergyUK as they are free of harmful chemicals and contain no latex or elastics making them idea for eczema, psoriasis or allergy sufferers.
Sizes: 8 to 18
9. Know the Origin
Know the Origin is a fast growing online retail shop that curates their pieces through stringent sustainability standards. They curate pieces from well known brands such as Hara the label for their bras and undies. In fact, they are the only UK stockist! All their pieces are made of bamboo and plant dyed using herbs such as tumeric, indigo and mader root.
Sizes: XS to XL
LoveRose is a luxury sustainable lingerie brand based in Scotland, made from recycled lace and mesh, using 100% natural dyes and recycled packaging. LoveRose offers wire free collections of lingerie for every woman - including those who've undergone surgery!
Sizes: S to 2X
11. Luva Huva
Luva Huva's creates small and seasonless collections for all bodies using sustainable materials. Their beautiful pieces are also made to order in any size you need.
Size: Custom Sizing Made to Order
12. Mojo Lingerie
Mojo Lingerie handmakes their lingerie so you know you can have a great fit everytime. You can send in your preloved tees to be transformed/upcycled into underwear or customize based on an assortment of available fabrics. Garments are made to measure for no extra cost.
Sizes: XXS to 4XL
Molke designs and creates their bras and underwear in their own studio in Scotland. They are accredited living wage employers. They donate their scrap fabric to organizations like Remake Scotland. Their printed fabrics use GOTS certified organic cotton, and their plain color fabric uses OEKO-TEX certified fabric.
Sizing: XS to 2XL.
**Also suitable for breasfeeding
Nudea was founded by Priya Downes when she was underwhelmed by what she saw when working for some luxury brands in the fashion industry. She uses sustainable fabrics such as Tencel, as well as recycled microfibre to make her pieces. Her mission is simple: "to create supportive and functional underwear that looks great, feels great and is kinder to the planet". 1% of profits goes back into the community to support the people and the planet.
Sizes: Band Size 30-40, cup size A to H.
16. Stripe & Stare
Stripe & Stare is for the doer, the go getter, the one that doesn't want to be disturbed by uncomfortable underwear! With colorful prints and bold tones, Stripe & Stare's undergarments are made using eco-friendly Tencel Micro Modal.
Sizes: XS to 4X
Thought uses natural fabrics like bamboo, hemp and organic cotton in their sustainable lingerie pieces. They focus on slow fashion - they want their designs to be worn again and again for years to come. They produce in small quantities and aim for zero waste by turning scrap fabrics into headbands. Quantities are small. Use only polyester that is recycled. They are a founding partner of the Ethical Fashion Forum.
Sizes: XS to XL
What are your favorite UK lingerie brands? Comment below so we can add them to our list!