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I get so many questions about this topic, so I hope you find this video helpful! There are some great conscious brands (and more are starting up!) but finding eco-friendly and ethically made lingerie can be a challenge, especially if you're looking for specific styles or non-standard sizes. If you can't find what you're looking for, don't forget about longevity and care with any garment (eco brand or not) as a way to have a greener wardrobe! Brands mentioned: Blue Canoe https://www.bluecanoe.com/collections/organic-womens-lingerie (US) Luva Huva https://luvahuva.co.uk/ * (UK) Comazo | earth https://www.comazo.de/damen/comazo-earth (GER) Woron https://www.woronstore.com/ * (DM) Aikyou https://aikyou.de/ (GER) Brook There http://www.brookthere.com/ (US) Anek. http://www.anekdotboutique.com/ (GER, SWE) Naja http://www.naja.co/ (US) Nico https://nicounderwear.com/ (AUS) Other brands not mentioned: Ayten Gasson https://www.aytengasson.com/ (UK) Baserange http://www.baserange.net/ (FR) Do You Green https://www.doyougreen.com/en/ (FR) Hessnatur http://www.hessnatur.com/de/waesche (GER) LaGirafeBleue https://www.etsy.com/shop/lagirafebleue (CAN) Only Hearts http://www.onlyhearts.com/organic-cotton/ (US) Pansy http://www.pansy.co/ (US) Style Saint http://www.stylesaint.com/ (US) Svala http://svala.co/ (US) Uye Surana https://www.uyesurana.com/ (US) - also offers custom sizes Swedish Stockings also has eco-friendly pantyhose https://en.swedishstockings.com/ Thanks for watching! Want to shop more consciously? Check out my sustainable/ethical brand directory http://verenaerin.ca/brand-directory/ + Subscribe to My Green Closet http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=MyGreenCloset + Support My Green Closet on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/MyGreenCloset + Join the My Green Closet Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyGreenCloset/ - - - Also find me on twitter: https://twitter.com/VerenaErin instagram: http://instagram.com/verenaerin pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/verenaerin/ This is not a sponsored video. * I was sent this product as a gift but anything I receive for free is always under no-obligation, any inclusions or reviews are (and will always be!) my own thoughts and opinions
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be lovely (3 months ago)
What brand is the strapless bra? Thanks for this video btw! Of all clothing it’s been sooooo difficult to find eco conscious bon toxic bras! Esp if you have a out of ordinary size!
manojkumar subramaniam (3 months ago)
future zero-waste practitioners husband hahaha
Jane S. (6 months ago)
I never thought about the undies! I usually buy at Ross which is an american discount/overstock store. It seems you are keeping them from the landfill, as this was what was left over from the previous seasons. I find my hard to fit sizes and found Calvin Klein fits me the best so I dig through. But glad to have the resources for quality sustainable underwear. I wash in cold and line dry on a hanger over my shower bar, like all of my other clothes these days. I use a compact/travel type washer. My clothes and undies lasts a long time this way.
Lizzie Fattore (6 months ago)
PACT has really great basics, I haven't gotten any of their bralettes, but their underwear is 95% GOTS certified organic cotton and 5% elastane. Everything is manufactured in safe factories that are child labor free--and it's all pretty cheap given that the company isn't satanic.
Sally Smith (7 months ago)
does anyone have an suggestions for a supportive pushup bra? anything would be much appreciated
Denver Knit Bitches (8 months ago)
I purchased a Naja bra and I’m sad to report that the fit was bad for me and I’m going to have to pay $8 in return shipping that will not be refunded. I was so hopeful and feel so disappointed with them.
Denver Knit Bitches (8 months ago)
Yes unfortunately their return policy is a 15 day window for returns and no refund on return shipping.
My Green Closet (8 months ago)
Oh no! Did you contact their customer service about it?
Jaruš Ef (9 months ago)
you are so beautiful <3
The Mindful Mermaid (10 months ago)
This is so so helpful! I'm so glad I found your channel, as I am building a sustainable capsule closet in 2018 :)
Destiny Kierra (11 months ago)
Also check out organic basics
Briana Bertram (11 months ago)
This was so helpful! Thank you! I have a few orders on the way! <3
maaike verbeke (11 months ago)
hi, I have been looking into some organic brands, but the problem is that I don't really like ordering these things online because I prefere to try them on first. How can you be sure that it's the right size? I have been looking on the sizecharts on the websites, but I don't know.. normally I have a 75C and now all at ones a 75A..? Any ideas or tips? Love your channel by the way ;)
hblumen3 (11 months ago)
Re Do You Green: For over a month now I have been trying to reach this company - my package has been trapped in US customs due to missing paperwork (to be provided by the company). I have repeatedly tried email, facebook, and leaving a review through their main website and have received no response (minus an auto response via FB messenger). I was excited about the product and company ethos, but at this point can only STRONGLY encourage individuals to steer clear unless you want to simply give them your money. I simply want the product I ordered or a refund (Do You Green team PLEASE attend to your consumer contacts!!).
Toyon95 (11 months ago)
SO nice not having to wear bra's.
Flamingo Williams (1 year ago)
Thanks so much for making this! I've been looking and looking for ethical underwear and had little luck, as I can only wear cotton. :)
Alexandra Y. (1 year ago)
Rewatched this after your IG post and Naja is a godsend! I've been searching for an affordable nude bra that would be actually be nude on dark skin and theirs is under $50! Will be ordering soon.
Alexis Alvarez (1 year ago)
This is cool! Where did you buy your molded cup bras from?
Lilliam Sorzano (1 year ago)
Thanks so much for this video! I saw it months ago and now that I'm in need of new undies - I'm re-watching. I am a 100% molded bra woman, that being said: I'm not entirely ready to not have a molded bra but I'd like to try one... could anyone speak to this "transition" process? I feel I'll be very self conscious, I wear a 32D, so they aren't that big but I'm concerned about nipples, and maybe less shape in t-shirts. Thanks for your help!
Adrienne Maurer (1 year ago)
Thank you for this video! Very helpful! 💗💗💗
APreciousMind (1 year ago)
I really like AIKYOU and have two of their bra(lette)s. The only thing to know is that the colours don't show up to their true colour on their photos imho but are a bit darker. And I've been eyeing one bra from Anek for a long time now... ^^
Kuku Boo (1 year ago)
Im suprised you did not mention organic basics, they're a danish brand and have a kickstarter for silvertech products, you should check their youtube channel.
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
I've read a lot of conflicting information on the use of silver in clothing, it seems like there might be some healthy and environmental issues with it so I wouldn't feel comfortable sharing products with silver.
I'm pretty much wearing things like this cause I'm breastfeeding 😊
Olena Girich (1 year ago)
Try the Boody bra: http://boodywear.com/product/padded-shaper-bra/
I love this video! <3 very helpful.
yx the weird (1 year ago)
Thanks for your recommendations! Just a note on the padding of bras going lumpy though - I've never had that happen! And some of my bras are nearly 10 years old, from Main Street brands like la senza and triumph. Mostly I handwash or throw them in a lingerie net before machine washing. no issues with bras going out of shape or disintegrating even with $10 cotton bras (bought 5 years ago) So perhaps the cleaning methods matter more than any real differences in durability of sustainable materials?
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
Cleaning definitely make a difference, but 10 years is amazing! Even with delicate bags and not washing them too often my la senza bras were worn and lumpy in a couple years. :(
Pinky Paul (1 year ago)
Could you please see me your email I'd . I have some work related thing to discuss
Rita Yelkey (1 year ago)
Whoa thank you for all those brands, going to check them all out! :O
Sydney Hafen (1 year ago)
My favorite is Botanica Workshop- beautiful and women owned. I love their high waisted undies!
Eva Kröger (1 year ago)
This is a cool new technology that is redefining Women's Underwear - wash less & stay clean :) Check it out, it's really interesting! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/organicbasics/redefining-womens-underwear-silvertech
Leanne Thiel (1 year ago)
I'm from Montreal and I love this brand called Sokoloff lingerie, they mostly do the lacy type of bra/bralettes ! Veryyyyy cute and 100% made in Canada :) https://www.sokolofflingerie.com
Amanda Pachomski (1 year ago)
This was SO helpful! Thank you!! I just ordered stuff from Luva Huva and Pact- can't wait to update my wardrobe! PS I'm supposed to add that Manuela (the Girl Gone Green) sent me to your channel and I'm so glad she did!
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
Yay! So happy she sent you over and that you found the video helpful! 😊 I hope you enjoy the pieces you got!
Oh jesus I could never wear a cup that's not molded 😂🙈 My neck hurts so much when I don't wear a bra and I hate it 🙄
Sarina (1 year ago)
Thank you for writing where the brands are located.
Kätzchen Schätzchen (1 year ago)
I can totally forget this I can't even get normal bras that aren't sustainably or something like that 😢
Emelia Söderlund (1 year ago)
Found your channel thanks to Manuela (The Girl Gone Green). I really appreciate these tips and I'm glad to find some sustainable Swedish brands as well :)
Out of The Hat (1 year ago)
They make sustainable bamboo foams but I haven't seen them in molded cup bras yet :/
Ada (1 year ago)
you lost me at silk 😔
Anna (1 year ago)
There is also anekdotboutique , they do beautiful handmade lingerie, mostly for smaller breastsizes tho :) lovely video :)
Anna (1 year ago)
Oh sorry, somehow I missed that you mentioned them :")
Laura Cooper (1 year ago)
This is great, thank you. I really need to start caring for my bras more. I think its easier to do now because I'm buying less clothes but better quality. I've found it quite difficult to find sustainable underwear here in Europe, it always seems to be in the US or Australia. I have a bra from Woron which is lovely. You are right though, its very different from wearing the usual foam cups! I'm away to check out some of your links now, thanks again! :)
Tara Nicole (1 year ago)
I know you recommend washing your clothes in cold water to help them last longer... Do you also recommend this for socks and underwear? I'm used to always washing these items in hot water to get them nice and clean. Just wanted to hear your opinion on the matter. 😊
Tina Mar (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for these great informations Erin!
Organic mermaid (1 year ago)
May I ask, the Luvahuva jersey is bamboo with elastane?;) And how does it feel? Is it stretchy?:D I can't imagine it;D
Sandra Wilkerson (1 year ago)
BRAS! What a nightmare for us gals that are well endowed. I decided to find a bra that let your breast hang in a natural way. I have fibromyalgia so bras are painful. I found a small company that makes a cami bra called Breastnest. It's lovely Check it out.
Maria Thiessen (1 year ago)
This video is so helpful! Thank you :)
Mathilde C (1 year ago)
I'm french and I just discover the brand "do you Green" it's organic and made in France :)
Emily Taylor (1 year ago)
i've heard good things about meundies, do you/anyone else know anything about them? they seem to be sustainably made/eco-friendly but i'm rubbish at determining these things haha
Tiziana Braun (1 year ago)
I have no sustainably made underwear in my closet at this point, but what I do to shop less is that I sort through my closet and pick 5 Bras and matching undies and I put the others in a box (with my out-of-season-clothes). So when I am changing my seasonal clothes I suddenly see underwear that I have not worn in 6 months so I get excited all over again to have them back ;) This prevents me from boredom and therefore from the urge to buy more :)
mkp08706 (1 year ago)
Check out PACT underwear
Stefanie Lam (1 year ago)
Hey, have you heard of https://www.meundies.com/ ? It's super hard to find any eco-friendly underwear in Canada and they offer free shipping here. The FAQ page says they are eco-friendly but it's not really advertised anywhere else, curious as to what you think. Thanks! btw. love your channel :)
Anne Potters (1 year ago)
You encouraged me to do a thing I really should have done before: go out to a high end dept store and find out the right size. After trying on more than 10 bra's I know not only my right size, but also ideal model Like the hight of the connection between the cups. I never realized it's importance. After that, I tried the same size on in cheaper shops, but either the underwire wasn't comfortable, or the material wasn't supportive. I turns out I also have a not so standard size, so now I can go and research more sustainable options. But I'm afraid cotton and other soft fabrics are not an option, so we'll see. But thanks, anyway. 😀
Annette Taylor (1 year ago)
Have you tried any bras from woron? They look really nice I've never bought a bra online mine are getting all out of shape and I'm in the market for new:)
Annette Taylor (1 year ago)
My Green Closet yea I loved the grey and white one, but my husband looked at brook there and said they were cute also(I'm going to get the black one to start with) trying to clear my bras and underwear and buy new it takes forever though so pricy:) thank you so much
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
Oh no! :( That sucks. Maybe try Brook There? They're a US brand and I feel like the styles are kind of similar?
Annette Taylor (1 year ago)
Aww i'm so sad I was about to buy a bra and panties and they don't ship to the United States:(
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
I unfortunately haven't tried their bras, only their underwear and the body suit. I was worried the bras might be a little small for me cup-wise as I generally need a larger/fuller coverage cup. They look really cute though!
Sydd Linden (1 year ago)
Model shouldn't shrink at all if you're flat drying it... which given how eco conscious you seem to be I'm a little surpassed you use a dryer at all... (no hate, just surprised. I basically only dry my towels, cotton undies, boxers, and men's jeans. basically over half my wardrobe can't go in the dryer anyway either to prevent shrink or preserve fibers.) I'm gonna have to look into new places to get my undies though because hanse has gone and ruined their waist bands, so I'll be looking at these companies for more sustainable and hopefully more comfy options.
Sydd Linden (1 year ago)
My Green Closet I've never noticed any shrink just from the washer. But then, I wash everything in cold water, so that makes a difference.
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
I don't own a dryer. And do you mean cotton? It still can often shrink a bit even just in the washer.
Charmaine (1 year ago)
Awesome video, thanks for sharing! Can't wait to check out these brands!
Aiman Shahpurwala (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for this video it was very helpful. The biggest problem with buying underwear online is fitting. Prior to becoming aware of fast fashion and the related environmental impacts, I would usually buy my under garments at Victoria Secret. I have bras and underwear from there that has lasted me 7 years. It is coming to the point where I need to consider purchasing new underwear again. It is tempting to go to Victoria Secret again because I know there stuff fits me and lasts me a very long time. I am skeptical of purchasing underwear online because of fitting and my carbon footprint with shipping and returns if it doesn't fit. I have not found any sustainable or ethically sourced under garment stores in my local area that would fit my budget. Do you have any recommendations for me? Thank you!!
Sense of Aesthetic (1 year ago)
Thanks for including a Canadian Etsy seller in the description! Shipping even from the states is $$$$$$$$$
redhatgnome (1 year ago)
Also, ETSY!!!
Lizzie Monsreal (1 year ago)
Loved your video! For sure checking those brands out. I'm from Chicago and a great brand I love that is based in Chicago is Majamas. Everything is made in the USA.
Sasha Anderson (1 year ago)
Thanks for the tips. I'm glad you answered this.. this is a tough one.
Ms4Marie (1 year ago)
Excellent information, thank you!
Teresa Looy (1 year ago)
Also, PACT does fair trade cotton underwear and long underwear! Try Girl Gotch for toddler underwear made good quality for girls (boy-style), made in Canada I believe.
simplifybysarah (1 year ago)
Thanks so much for this video! A lot of my underwear is in need of replacing so I was about to start looking for ethical lingerie brands, so this is perfect timing!
Dea Carey (1 year ago)
Thanks for this video! Now I have some better options for my next panty purchase. Unfortunately, I am probable still out of luck when it comes to bras. I wear a 34F, and that is hard to find! I do sometimes wear a bralette for sleep, or instead of a bra around the house, so one or two of those may eventually get added. (Well, wear around the house assuming I'm not doing anything energetic. Ow!) Love that there is an eco-conscious company focused on smaller sizes. That is awesome! Those of us outside the "standard" or "normal" sizes so often get ignored. Thanks again!
'Organic basics' is also a great brand!!!
Lauren Johnson (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for sharing! I have been researching this topic a lot lately, and am considering experimenting with sewing my own undergarments because it is so difficult to find my size made ethically and in a sustainable way. I'm hoping more options become available all the time! Also can't believe I'm just now finding your channel-- thank you for all you share!
Océan Vert (1 year ago)
Wow thank you so much, this video was so interesting and with lots of helpful information and brands I did not know ! As always, great job Erin :)
Anna D (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for making this very informative video. Really appreciate the work you do
TheSassyscribe (1 year ago)
Great video, well done!
Ari Anna (1 year ago)
Any recommendations for thongs? I'm so used to wearing those but all I can find is plain "nude" thongs by PACT...
elizabeth (1 year ago)
So excited for this video!!
belladonna2007 (1 year ago)
This video was what I was waiting for. Since I'm working with a smaller budget I'm buying almost everything second hand but that's not a great option for undergarments. I'm actually planning to sew some simpler items. Your points about not being able to find perfect companies are good and getting the most out of good quality items were great.
vattolinos (1 year ago)
great vid. thanks a lot for impulses and tips!
Tara Nicole (1 year ago)
Watching "Minimalism: The Documentary" and one of your videos is in it!! That just made me happy. 😊
Jessica Dalley (1 year ago)
Thanks so much for making this! Sustainable underwear has been really hard to find and I'm still in the process of searching! This has added to my list of good brands to check out. ❤️
Meg Gosia (1 year ago)
It's good to see this topic covered and also that you highlight the limitations in sourcing 'sustainable' bras. I have to admit one of the biggest limitation fitness for purpose over a certain size. For those of us who need a little more uplift and are not gamin-esque, it really is slim pickings when it comes to sustainable clothes and under garments in particular. (I love Luva Huva's knickers but even with custom sizing, there designs alas do not work for ample ladies.) I am therefore increasingly reaching for my sewing machine and making my own garments, including bras. Understanding the engineering of bras is enlightening - it not only reveals where more sustainable materials are possible but also how to achieve greater longevity where sustainable materials are not an feasible.
Thank you so much for this video Erin!! 😊
lalieke91 (1 year ago)
I like this al lot. These brands look great, the only downside is that they don't have stockists in Belgium. Buying bras online is a big no go for me. So I buy the best quality that I can find. I buy bras from Marie Jo, they do non standard sizes and still produce a bit in Europe. I know they are not the best but at least the bras last a very long time. I was planning to buy the sloggi evernew underwear next, again made to last. But now I might try some off these brands.
beeMINDful (1 year ago)
Ah, finally! I have been waiting for that video for so long! :D You did so much research, I'm really impressed. Unfortunately I wear a quite unusual size (EU 70F), so I have a really hard time finding bras. I still have some fitted ones, actually I gave one away because I disliked the padding. I have left a balconette bra from Cleo by Panache, they are not eco or anything like that, but I almost only wear that one bra (shame on me) and it doesn't look old at all and supports in a way the bras before never did. I recommend that brand if someone has an unusual size and needs good quality. Because of my size I don't feel comfortable with only wearing a bralette, but I'm working on that. I just love underwear, it can be so comfy and pretty or sexy. Have a nice Christmas! :)
niidiimii (1 year ago)
Awesome! I love that you took the time to look for brands who not only cater for a variety of sizes but also ones that are in various different countries :)
Starry A (1 year ago)
Lots of food for thought!
Zoey (1 year ago)
Hi, I wanted to ask if you know the website "kleiderkreisel". It's a German site for selling clothes, similar to eBay. You can also buy organic stuff there, only second hand.
TheDarlingM (1 year ago)
soooo helpful. I cannot express my gratitude enough - the thought of researching sustainable underwear has felt so daunting that I've avoided it altogether so far; THANK YOU for sharing so many options. :) And P.S. I hear you on trying to check all the boxes ;)
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
That's so nice :) I'm really glad you found it helpful!
Meghan N (1 year ago)
i don't own any pansy underwear or bras but I want to buy from them! i purchased two bras from the sustainable brand Base Range and they both got a hole in them VERY soon after I got them :( my friends in Detroit have a small company called 'object apparel' and they make organic cotton underwear which i *love* http://www.objectapparel.com/. also- modal is the brand name so all modal is from lenzing, the generic term i believe is lyocell
Nastia Karpova (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for bringing this topic! For quiet some time I was thinking where to start my transition to sustainable clothes shopping. And first I wanted to find some European brands (I live in Denmark) for underwear and sleepwear. You helped a lot, I'll give two brands a try! Thank you again and I wish more cool ideas come to your head :P
Isabella (1 year ago)
I highly recommend another Australian brand, Hopeless Lingerie. They have incredible designs, are really size inclusive, do incredible custom orders for hard to fit sizes, use bamboo cotton and are meticulously handmade. The underwear I've gotten from them is incredible quality and so comfortable!
Ana (1 year ago)
This is definitely helpful, but unfortunately I still don't have a lot of sustainable options for my bra size. I'm definitely in the "buy 2-3 great quality bras and baby them so they last as long as possible" camp; unfortunately I need a lot of support, so even my best quality bras tend to wear out in a year or less. If an ethical, sustainable company made flattering, supportive, size 30FF bras, they would get ALL my money.
koshka marvel (1 year ago)
Begat about Cottonique? They have latex and spandex free bras
Allaround Bex (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for the aikyou information :)
Emily O'Bryan (1 year ago)
great vid!! (:
Cassy (1 year ago)
I really appreciate this thank you :) When it comes to trying to avoid fast fashion I found that buying bras underwear and socks it's much harder to find. And with bras if you need a specific size it makes buying online that much more difficult :) <3
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
It can be very difficult. I seems like more and more sustainable brands are starting up though, so I think it will get better!
Adriana Stoklasová (1 year ago)
Hi! I love your eco tips. I have some underwear from NAJA. I switched from VS and never regreted it :) It is way nicer and better. I am looking for eco watches, that doesnt look like kids watch can you help me? :)
The Green .Way (1 year ago)
I really like"votch"!
Ila The Minimalist (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for this video!
Simple_Spoonie (1 year ago)
I think this is a great great video :) Thank you for making it :) However there are fewer options for bigger bra sizes... so investing in quality bra (even if not as sustainable) i think for now is a good option for me.... so that can last years ;)
I bought a cute pdf pattern on etsy and for 2+years now have sewn my own bras and undies using some new cottons with vintage linen inserts as features. they're surprising easily and incredibly long lasting
+Lighter Gait just search on etsy.com pdf bra or bralette or pdf underwear. There are quite a few sellers.
Lighter Gait (1 year ago)
Could you give me some tips on how you do that?! So foreign to me!
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
That's awesome!
organic and ethically made try econica on etsy
Iyanna McDonald (1 year ago)
So glad you included NICO! I interned there and the owner Lis is the loveliest person and the garments are beautiful, and so soft. I'm actually wearing one of the triangle bras right now haha. I'm so interested to check out more of these brands too!
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
So cool you interned there! They seem like a great company!
Miss Matti (1 year ago)
Thank you for another great video! Expect Luva Huva they were totally new brands to me. Looking forward to explore them further. I also really recommend Danish brand Under Protection. I really hope you can find them in Germany otherwise you can if you go to Copenhagen or Malmö in the near future (and if you do I am more than happy to recommend places).
Extremely helpful, Thank you!
Eva Littman (1 year ago)
Rodales is a great option for the US- http://www.rodales.com/clothing/intimates?link=categorymenu
Dakota Warner (1 year ago)
Where did you buy the woron? I tried to buy a bra from their site and it wouldn't let me ship to the U.S.
simply_A (1 year ago)
yes thank you! btw silk is not bad in underwear right? I love silk and would like to own good quality underwear made of it. what's your thoughts?
simply_A (1 year ago)
My Green Closet I see. I just thought there might be some weird reason 😅 thank you for answering and have a good holidays!
My Green Closet (1 year ago)
As a material it has some good properties and can work for underwear but does require special care. If people avoid silk underwear (or any silk garments) it's generally for ethical reasons or because they don't want to care for it.
Lina's corner (1 year ago)
this video is so helpful !!! thanks 👍🌹

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