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Ethical Women’s Undies

womens undies

‘Where can I buy ethical women’s undies?’ is one of my most asked questions by Moral Fibres readers, so I thought I’d put together a roundup of some of the options out there today.  Guys, don’t feel left out, I have written a men’s ethical underwear post just for you!

Please note this article was written in 2013, and is now out of date.  I’m no longer updating it, but I do have a new post on women’s ethical underwear updated for 2021 that you should visit instead! 

When buying clothing I would normally always suggest buying secondhand where possible.  However, the thought of wearing secondhand undies makes me feel a little green (and NOT in the eco sense!).  Therefore it’s one area where you have my full consent to buy brand new.

The ethical undies market sells more than just large, white granny pants as you might imagine.  All of the ethical underwear featured here today is fun, modern, and sexy, as well as practical.

Women’s Ethical Undies

Ciel

ethical ladies knickers ciel liberty print

Ciel sell the most beautiful Liberty print knickers, from £24.  With a rigorous ethical policy you can be sure that your undies are as ethical as they come.

Saumarez

stylish uk made bras

Saumarez make some really sexy underwear, which will challenge any preconceptions you may have of ethical underwear.  This Mya bra (left, £10) is both sexy and sophisticated.  Meanwhile, this Nicola bra (right, £40) is full-on fun.  They also have some great knickers that are worth taking a look at.

2017 edit – Saumarez appear to have ceased trading.

Luva Huva

ladies ethical undies uk luva huva

Luva Huva have a great collection of fun and modern everyday ethical knickers.  A triple set of knickers is currently £28, including the bottom left pair.  The purple Juliet knickers are £14 and the cute frilly ones are £16.  They do sell bras but they don’t seem to come in different sizes according to your back size, which for some might be a sticking point.

Who Made Your Pants

who made your pants southampton

Who Made Your Pants buy their fabric from lingerie companies at the end of the season – saving the fabric from landfill.  All pants are made in the UK – in Southampton – where all the makers are women who have come from troubled backgrounds.  They say that the first job new employees learn is how to make the pants.  They then hope that all jobs within the business can be filled by the women as they gain skills.  So, if someone is interested in marketing or finance, they”ll arrange training.  I think this is a fantastic business ethos.

2016 edit: sadly Who Made Your Pants have stopped trading.

Thunderpants

Also worth mentioning are Thunderpants UK, who sell lovely big ethical undies.  Thunderpants say their pants will not go up your bum, which we all appreciate in a pant!

Lorna Drew

ethical nursing maternity bra

And finally, for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers Lorna Drew nursing bras, available from around £29, are practical and ethical, and expand over three cup sizes to accommodate your changing shape, making them great value too.

2017 edit – Lorna Drew appear to have ceased trading.

If you’re a DD+ cup size like me (thanks pregnancy and breastfeeding) then I am afraid I don’t think there is such a thing an ethical plus size bra.  Despite a lot of searching I have not found one yet.  My best advice is therefore to spend as much money as you can afford on a well made comfortable bra, and get properly fitted for it by a professional to ensure the longevity of your purchase.  I buy all of mine from Marks and Spencer* because I know they fit, are supportive and comfortable and last.  In my youth I tried cheaper bras from Topshop and inevitably they barely lasted a few months.  I also memorably bought one from Primark that lasted one wear as when I washed it the underwiring popped right out!  The cost per wear on that one was through the roof!

Arts & Crafts, Fashion, Life & Style

Upcycling Clothes With 6 Fab DIYs

sewing and upcycling
upcycling old clothes idea

After some upcycling ideas for your old clothes? I’ve got six clever ideas for you today.

Did you know that clothing production is the third biggest manufacturing industry after the automotive and technology industries? Yes, textile production contributes more to climate change than international aviation and shipping combined.

Did you also know that washing, solvents, and dyes used in clothing manufacturing are responsible for one-fifth of industrial water pollution? Or that 3 out of 5 fast fashion items end up in landfill?

These statistics are mind-blowing. It’s clear that it’s imperative to the environment to prolong the life of our clothing for as long as possible. We can wash our clothes correctly, and we can mend them to keep them in circulation. But what about when your clothes have seen better days? The good news is you don’t have to bin them, you can upcycle your clothes.

Six Upcycling Clothes DIYs

There are some really talented people out there. Here’s a round-up of some of the great posts I’ve found lately from bloggers who have been upcycling clothes and given them a fantastic new lease of life.  Click on the links to be taken to the full post from each blogger and instructions from them on how you can do the same.

Upcycling Clothes With Potato Printing

potato printed trousers

Fritha from the blog Tigerlilly Quinn did some amazing geometric potato printing on a pair of little boy’s jeans she found in a charity shop.  Her toddler is going to look amazing in them!

handprinted t-shirt

And isn’t this potato printed fox top she also made for her son the cutest (in the same post)?

Upcycle a Shirt Into a Skirt

upcycled shirt ideas

Vicky from the Oh Wild blog is also a crafting wizard!  She whipped up this stunning embroidered skirt repurposed from a men’s denim shirt. And then she also breathed new life into an old leather jacket with this DIY stud detailing, creating an up-to-the-minute studded leather jacket.  How is that for upcycling clothes?!

Upcycle A Scarf Into A Shirt

upcycled clothing ideas

This scarf that has been incorporated into a gorgeous shirt has been sitting on my to-do list for an age.  It’s just perfect for summer.  And what a clever upcycling idea – I am officially in love! What a great way to transform a shirt that you’ve perhaps burned with an iron, stained, or has an irreparable hole. The link no longer works, and I can’t find a similar tutorial, so you will have to use your imagination on how to do this, I’m afraid.

Lace Backed Shirt

shirt diy with this upcycling clothes idea

Keeping on the denim shirt theme, the last of my upcycling clothes ideas, is this beautiful DIY lace shirt from A Beautiful Mess. It makes me want to whip out my sewing machine right away!  I’m no sewing wizard but it looks fairly straightforward, so I could be tempted to give this a go!

Have you found any other good upcycling clothes posts or ideas or have one of your own that you’d like to share?  Let me know in the comments below! And do check out these 5 more upcycling ideas.