10 Sustainable Bra Brands

I know bras can be challenging to find – sustainable and ethical bras even more difficult, and if like me you wear a “non-standard” size (for reference I typically wear a 30E) it can seem impossible. So I have not only a video reviewing some of the bras I own, but also a roundup of some eco-friendly brands. 💚

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My Favourites

Lara Intimates Ava bra (left) and Wren bra (right)

Lara Intimates

Hands-down my favourite bra is Lara Intimates’ Wren style. It’s my go-to bra and I love it so much I now have it in two colours! All their bras are lovely (I also have the Ava style) and I really like the mesh designs. Lara Intimates uses surplus fabrics and notions from other lingerie brands and manufactures everything in-house in their London studio. They have a great “find my size” tool and the largest size range I’ve seen from a conscious brand – plus plans to expand it further! I also have a post more about Lara and how to measure yourself and order a bra online.

-The Breakdown-
Products
: wire-free bras & briefs
Conscious Highlights: reclaimed materials, made in-house, made-to-order, zero fabric waste, body-inclusive models
Size range: 26A – 36I
Ordering: based in UK, ships international

The Very Good Bra

If you’re looking for natural materials this is your bra! The Very Good Bra claims to be the world’s first zero waste bra – all components, even things like the elastics, labels, and hook/eye closures are naturally derived and the bra will biodegrade. While many eco brands just focus on the main material, TVGB goes the extra mile. They currently have one shaped triangle bra style (although its very supportive – check out the video) in black but will be offering more colours this year.

-The Breakdown-
Products
: wire-free natural bra & brief
Conscious Highlights: all natural materials, biodegradable
Size range: 30C/32A – 38DD
Ordering: based in Australia, ships international

Luva Huva

My other favourite bra is from Luva Huva. All their bras are made to order and they also offer custom sizes. Everything is made in-house in their Brighton studio, and they use a variety of sustainable materials as well as surplus/remnant fabrics and trims. The bralette I have from them is a couple years old but still super comfortable and in good shape.

-The Breakdown-
Products
: bras, briefs, lingerie & sleepwear
Conscious Highlights: eco materials, made in-house, made-to-order
Size range: 30A – 40E + custom sizing
Ordering: based in UK, ships international

More Bra Brands

Some brands I haven’t personally tried but offer sustainable and ethical bra options.

Ethical bra brands - Uye Surana, size inclusive, made in NYC

Uye Surana

Beautiful lingerie made for a variety of shapes and sizes. Their pieces are locally made in NYC in small batches from a variety of materials (some sustainable, some not).

-The Breakdown-
Products
: Bras, briefs, & lingerie
Conscious Highlights: small batch production, some reclaimed materials, ethically made in NYC,
body-inclusive models
Size range: 28A – 42H + custom sizing
Ordering: based in US, ships international

Sustainable bra brands - Anek. made from reclaimed materials
photographer Colette Pomerleau 

Anek.

Using all surplus, deadstock, and reclaimed materials, Anek. creates beautiful bra and pantie sets, locally made in Berlin.

-The Breakdown-
Products
: bras & briefs
Conscious Highlights: reclaimed materials, ethically made in Berlin
Size range: XS – L
Ordering: based in Germany, ships international

Sustainable bra brands - Proclaim made from recycled water bottles in 3 nude shades

Proclaim

Proclaim’s bralette comes in 3 nude shades! Made in Los Angeles from recycled plastic water bottles.

-The Breakdown-
Products
: nude bralette
Conscious Highlights: recycled material, ethically made in LA, body-inclusive models
Size range: S-XL
Ordering: based in US, also ships to Canada, Australia and the UK

Sustainable bra brands - Organic Basics, organic cotton bra

Organic Basics

Basic, wire-free styles made from organic cotton (also have some “invisible” underwear made from recycled nylon).

-The Breakdown-
Products
: bras, underwear, & basics
Conscious Highlights: GOTS certified organic cotton, certified factories (check out the various certifications each factory has here)
Size range: XS – XL
Ordering: based in Denmark, ships international

Sustainable bra brands - Aikyou, organic cotton and fairtrade

Aikyou

Specializing in bras and lingerie for small busts. Aikyou uses primarily organic cotton and their pieces are sewn in a fairtrade factory in Croatia. They are also in the process of getting GOTS certified.

-The Breakdown-
Products
: bras, briefs & tanks
Conscious Highlights: organic cotton, fairtrade certified factory, vegan brand
Size range: XS – L
Ordering: based in Germany, ships international

Sustainable bra brands - Nico

Nico

One of the few conscious brands who offer both underwire and wire-free styles. Nico uses mainly lenzing modal and recycled cotton and their products are made in Australia or in their GOTS certified (working on fairtrade certification) factory in India.

-The Breakdown-
Products
: bras, briefs, & swimwear
Conscious Highlights: eco materials, made in Australia and GOTS certified factory in India
Size range: 30A – 36DD
Ordering: based in Australia, ships international

Sustainable bra brands - Naja

Naja

I wanted to include Naja because they are one of the few brands offering molded-cup bras. While not all their products are sustainable they do have an eco-friendly bra collection made from recycled synthetics and a zero waste collection made from reclaimed fabric.

-The Breakdown-
Products
: bras, briefs, & activewear
Conscious Highlights: some sustainable materials, factory primarily employs single mothers
Size range: 32B – 36DD (in eco bras)
Ordering: based in US, ships international


What’s Missing?

Even though I’d love to see brands with larger size ranges, it’s great that there are at least some offering more inclusive sizing.

🍁 Being from Canada I also wanted to include some Canadian options, and while there aren’t many lingerie brands based in Canada, Azura Bay is a great online boutique to find both international sustainable bra brands and some Canadian brands! (They also have a US store as well)

You can also find out more bra/underwear brands in the directory.

Are there any eco bras I missed that you love?

💚


All images not of me are from the brand’s websites.

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7 Responses

  1. Sarah
    | Reply

    Free Label bras are Canadian! https://freelabel.com/pages/bras They’re very transparent on their social media.

  2. Gitte
    | Reply

    I am in urgent need of EU (MAINLAND)-based bra brands that are basically like Lara intimates, but, like, not British so I don’t have to worry about there eventually being giant import fees in the future because of shitty brexit. Rather perhaps Dutch, or French, or German, or Danish or just some country that will probably stay in the EU.

    xs-s-m based sizing doesn’t work for me since I am tiny but with a relatively big amount of boobage. Which is frustrating, even in conventional brands. Bras never fit ‘right’, except for the single lara intimates ava bra I have. In 28D (I am in between that and 26DD, more or less)

    • Verena Erin
      | Reply

      Really sorry, but the only brands I know of in Europe that do that sizing are Lara Intimates or Luva Huva and both are UK based 🙁

  3. Petra
    | Reply

    I loved your video and your commitment to really finding better options. The only problem I have with this is with brands that ships internationally. Wouldn’t the shipping cause really high co2 emissions? What do you think?

    Thanks!

    • Verena Erin
      | Reply

      Shipping definitely has higher emissions, but in the fashion industry most products are shipped all around the world anyway – fibres are shipped to a different country for milling, fabrics are shipped for sewing, garments are shipped around the world to distributors and retailers, etc. so unless the product was fully locally made there’s already a lot of shipping involved in the product’s life-cycle. Of course it would be great to avoid that extra shipping impact getting to you but often sustainable brands aren’t available locally and personally I think it’s better to buy products that have an overall lower impact (from things like sustainable materials and manufacturing) and to support brands that I believe are working towards a better industry than to to buy a likely unsustainable and unethical product locally just to save the shipping.

      There also are some things you can do to reduce the shipping impact:
      – you can look for stockists as close to you as possible to order from
      – you can place bulk orders – so instead of ordering many small items, wait till you have a few pieces to order or place an order with friends and family
      – you can avoid using any express services, since if it’s not rushed it allows the postal service the flexibility to wait to pack full loads
      – and you can also look for companies that carbon-offset their shipping (Etsy just announced they’re doing this) or encourage the brands you like to have a carbon offset program

  4. Roxanne
    | Reply

    Sokoloff Lingerie is a beautiful brand from Montréal, in Québec. They have a sustainable collection.

  5. ls
    | Reply

    I LOVE Naja intimates! Their adriana bralette is my absolute favorite, I have it in 2 colors. My biggest pet peeve about most bralettes is that the seam down the middle of the cups usually puckers and creates visible points under your clothes, but that’s not at all the case with there. Just realized it’s not one of their “eco-friendly” ones though. 🙁 Totally going to check out these other brands, thanks!

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