Although it may not be the first thing that comes to Bakersfield residents' minds when purchasing sexy lingerie for themselves or their mates, choosing something special that is not only environmentally friendly, but also manufactured using sustainable practices is a win-win decision for everyone.
Manufacturers and businesses of all types are looking to eco-friendly and sustainable products as a way to attract more customers, present themselves as a "green" business, and increase their bottom lines. So it should come as no surprise to learn that even lingerie companies, such as Stella McCartney and Lilipiache, are changing the way they manufacture things in order to grab a piece of that market.
Here are six companies that offer lingerie to meet one's need for the sensual and the erotic, but at the same time give the satisfaction that an environmentally smart purchase has been made. From the use of organic cottons, fibers made from sustainable beech trees, recycled metal hardware, and sustainable power sources for equipment, these companies have committed to helping to make our world a safer and cleaner planet.
Based in Los Angeles, Clare Bare specializes in eco-friendly lingerie made from bamboo jersey and vintage fabric. Everything is made locally using sustainable design practices and structured without the use of constrictive hardware.
The goal of the Clare Bare line is to offer unique designs that are eco friendly, but still fashion forward.
From the use of organic-cotton gussets and recycled metal hardware, Stella McCartney’s Mission Statement says it all: "Everything in my store and every single garment and accessory that you see is cruelty free, in the sense that no animal has died to make anything in here. A lot of people out there don’t want products that an animal has had to die for."
"My First Job is to be a Fashion designer. My first job is to make desirable, luxurious, beautiful clothing for women to want to buy. But I will always take the opportunity to use a beautiful organic fabric. I obviously don't use any animals which has a huge impact on the planet. My first decision is always based on: can I do this in a more environmental way without sacrificing design, if I can; then there is no reason not to."
The brainchaild of three Japanese women, Lilipiache designs lingerie and swimwear from their base in New York City. Their line features beautiful laces, natural fabrics like organic cotton, silk, silk satin, and linen.
Their unique, feminine, and luxurious styles are inspired by beautiful materials, the beauty of nature and art, and the fusion of vintage and the modern styles.
In 2011 Ayten Gasson introduced its eco lingerie line, made with organic silk, and cruelty free peace silk. Unlike the traditional method of silk production where the cocoon is boiled alive, peace silk allows the silkworm to emerge from its cocoon and live out its full life.
Additionally the company collaborated with Enamore to create a line called ethical lingerie. The underwear sets are made using recycled vintage fabrics, organic silk. and hemp.
Between the Sheets
Between the Sheets strives to support the three pillars of sustainability - economy, society, and environment - by evaluating every business decision by those criteria. The company is committed to locally sourcing the fabric and other materials it uses whenever possible and purchases raw materials in bulk to reduce the environmental impact of transportation.
Although non-sustainable and man made materials are still used in its products, Between the Sheets tries to minimize their use.
In addition, some of their fabrics are very environmentally friendly, such as incredibly soft modal blend fabrics made from sustainably harvested beech trees. The fabric is converted using a closed loop chemical process that does not pollute the environment. This is in contrast to ordinary cotton which uses an enormous amount of water and pesticides (even organic cotton uses a lot of water—without the harmful pesticides). Additionally, the modal fabrics are woven and dyed in Europe in a vertically integrated mill powered by renewable hydro-power.
PACT makes super soft underwear using organic cotton and other fabrics that are friendly to the environment and ethically manufactured to go easy on the environment. Its manufacturing process is designed to be good from seed to shelf.