Best of Boundless: Ethical V-Day Lingerie

February is here and love is in the air. If you’re a responsible fashionista on the hunt for some Valentine’s Day lingerie there are so many brands that offer gorgeous low-impact and ethically made pieces. So, whether you’re surprising your partner with a sultry look this V-Day or just strutting around your apartment eating chocolates and feeling confident, these ethical lingerie brands got you covered (well, sort of!)

Naja

Materials | Upcycled fabrics, digital prints, recycled PET fabrics

Ethics | Ethical treatment of employees and their families; donates to charities; eco-friendly

Product Range | Bras, bralettes, bustiers, underwear

Size Range | XS-2XL; 32A-38D

Price | $$

Naja is a true triple threat – a 360-degree, ethical and eco-friendly brand. The brand employs single mothers or female heads of households that are paid above market wages with healthcare benefits. Every child of the garment worker receives books, school supplies, uniforms and all school meals PAID. Just wait…they also have implemented an Underwear for Hope program that employs women in the slums of Colombia to make lingerie bags to aid marginalized women. Two percent of Naja’s revenue is also donated to local charities that provide education to these micro-entrepreneurs. Last by not least, Naja takes into consideration the environment by utilizing digital printing to eliminate water waste and use fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles.

 

Gilda & Pearl

Materials | Silk from family-run supplier; lace from 19th century lace loom; upcycled feathers

Ethics | Manufactures locally to reduce carbon footprint

Product Range | Bras, bralettes, underwear, bodysuits, robes, kimonos, babydolls, slips, camisoles

Size Range | XS-L ;32A-34E

Price | $$$

This Austin Powers sheik powder pink kimono robe is just one of the many wonders of UK luxury lingerie brand, Gilda & Pearl. Each piece is hand sewn, embodying utmost craft and quality. I can totally see Mariah Carey rocking this… or me.

 

Brook There

Materials | GOTS-certified organic cotton, fiber-reactive dye, pure silk

Ethics |Organic materials; made in the U.S. (no third party factories); recycled packaging; low-impact dyes

Product Range | Bras, bralettes, underwear, slips, camisoles

Size Range | XS-XXL; 32AB-38CD

Price | $$

Brook There is a “Made in USA” brand that exudes comfort and confidence–and this Latte Alchemy Brief is the epitome of those words. Dying over the slight rouging on the brief’s behind! Their foundation fabric is an organic cotton jersey, GOTS-certified and milled in South Carolina. Most of their fabrics are dyed in Pennsylvania, with a small selection being dyed by Brook in Maine.

 

Only Hearts

Materials | GOTS organic cotton, deadstock fabric, digital printing

Ethics | Local deadstock; organic, recycled, and certified made in green textiles

Product Range | Bras, bralettes, underwear, slips, robes, kimonos, bodysuits

Size Range | S-L

Price | $$

Founded in 1978, Only Hearts has a diverse shopping experience. From lingerie and sleepwear to lounge and athleisure, they totally have you covered. These “cheeky” red heart briefs portray the fun, naughty style that the brand often embraces. Only Hearts is proudly manufactured in New York City using local, deadstock and certified made in green textiles.

 

Araks

Materials | Organic cotton, upcycled cotton, repurposed fabric

Ethics | Organic, recycled, repurposed, and upcycled fabrics; uses renewable energy; donates materials

Product Range | Bras, bralettes, underwear, slips, bodysuits

Size Range | XS-XL; up to large D-cup

Price | $$

Made in New York out of the finest Italian fabrics, this Araks bralette’s cohesive clash of hot pink and cherry red make for a frivolous, sexy night. Araks is a delicate and dreamy brand founded by a Parsons and CSM grad – so you know the brand knows a thing or two about creativity and quality. Scroll their site for more hot finds!

 

Empreinte

Materials | Highest quality lace and tulle, lycra

Ethics | Built to outlast most others

Product Range | Bras and underwear

Size Range | XS-XL; up to 42G

Price | $$$

The French lingerie and swimwear brand, Empreinte, serves up elegant lingerie with quality and comfort as a top priority. They handcraft their products with extreme precision and passion ensuring each piece brings comfort and a sense of empowerment. Their bras and panties, like this Louise Sheer Bra, are made with details so intricate they’ll take your breath away!

 

Ayten Gasson

Materials | Vintage lace, organic bamboo, organic cotton, cruelty-free peace silk, eco-viscose

Ethics | Responsible sourcing; eco-friendly, organic, upcycled, and cruelty-free materials; ethical manufacturing

Product Range | Bras, bralettes, robes, bed jackets, underwear, camisoles, slips

Size Range | S-L; up to 36D

Price | $$

The graceful florals and delicate lace trim bring this “bed jacket” to life. Ayten Gasson is a luxury UK lingerie brand that launched in 2005. The founder not only focuses on quality construction with peace silk and organic silk, but upcycling vintage Nottingham lace as well showing her commitment to the heritage craft of lingerie design and sustainable production.

 

Base Range

Materials | Bamboo, organic cotton, modal, recycled fabric, repurposed fabric

Ethics | Low-impact; eco-friendly materials; close ties with small family-run factories

Product Range | Bras, bralettes, underwear, bodysuits

Size Range | XS-L

Price | $$

Don’t let the title fool you. The Danish, French brand, Base Range, is not just for the basic babe, it’s for anyone who embodies an easy, effortless lifestyle. The line favors clean, modern garments made of high quality, organic fabrics that benefit both the producer and consumer while minimizing environmental impact. Think of apparel you would want to “live in.”

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