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9 Sustainable Bras Supporting You And Mother Earth

The SJ Team


Sustainable bras offer support—for you and our planet. 

We have a love-hate relationship with bras (#freethenip movement, anyone?), which is why we look for the most conscious and comfortable options.

However, even underwire-free bras made from unsustainable materials are anything but comfy for our planet. 

Eco-friendly and organic bras don’t just sit better on our bodies, they sit better with our conscience too, knowing they won’t hang around in a landfill for hundreds of years.

We’re glad we got that off our chest. Now, where can you buy organic bras and those made out of recycled materials?

Here’s a little peep-show at some of our faves.

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Sustainable Ethical Bras For Conscious Comfort

Girlfriend Collective uses recycled plastic water bottles in their sustainable bralettes and sports bras—with inclusive sizing to fit every body.

Knickey’s bras are made with mostly organic cotton in a Fair Trade-certified factory. 

And JulieMay combines organic Pima cotton and pure silk for some sustainably sexy lingerie that’s also great for sensitive skin.

If you’re fumbling with the clasps, you can learn the ABCs of choosing healthy non-toxic bras at the end of the article.

1. Girlfriend Collective

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About Girlfriend Collective 

Girlfriend Collective is a favorited sustainable clothing brand for sustainable activewear and sustainable yoga clothes among many a fashionista. 

This size, image, and budget-inclusive brand also has some of the best affordable sustainable bras for all bodies. 

Alongside a large collection of sporty numbers, you’ll find sustainable bralettes for everyday wear, perfect for when you “want to wear a bra without feeling like you’re wearing a bra.” 

Girlfriend Collective’s Ethical & Sustainable Practices 

Materials:

Whether you opt for the Scoop, V-Neck, Plunge, or Everyday, all of their sustainable bralettes are made with 80% recycled plastic bottles (rPET) and 20% spandex. 

For sports bras, you’ll see variations with 77% rPET and 23% spandex or 90% rPET and only 10% spandex. 

All recycled fabric is OEKO-TEX certified to be free of toxic chemicals and dyed using sustainable dyes

Supply chain & labor practices:

All of GC’s manufacturing partners have third-party certifications like SA8000 and WRAP.

Most garments are manufactured in an SA8000-certified factory in Vietnam that guarantees fair wages and excellent working conditions. 

Green business practices:

Each product description tells you how many plastic bottles were diverted from landfills, how many lbs of CO2 were prevented, and how many kWh of energy were saved in the production of each item. 

Girlfriend Collection’s packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable and they sell a microfiber filter that attaches to your washing machine to prevent microplastics from entering the environment. 

Return your preloved GC garments via the ReGirlfriend program and they’ll be recycled into new gear (earning you a $15 store credit in the process).

Inclusivity:

One of the best eco-friendly bra brands for petite and plus-size folks alike, Girlfriend Collective’s come in XXS-6XL sizes. 

Community & charitable giving:

Girlfriend Collective regularly donates to causes they believe in, including The Loveland Foundation and The Okra Project.

Available: Girlfriend Collective


2. Knickey

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About Knickey

For eco-friendly bras in the USA, look no further than Knickey

This NYC-based ethical underwear brand helps us fill our top drawer with colorful organic basics that tick all the boxes.

Choose between four different designs of sustainable basic bralettes: The Triangle, The Keyhole, The Scoop, and The Tank all available in 8 different colors. 

These organic Fair Trade bras put function above frills, making them some of the most affordable ethical bras around. 

Knickey’s Ethical & Sustainable Practices 

Materials:

The main body of these organic women’s bras is made from 95% GOTS-certified organic cotton and 5% elastane and the band is made from 69% Tencel, 19% polyester, and 12% spandex. 

Adjustable straps are made from 83% recycled nylon and 17% elastane and the hook-and-eye closures for the keyhole and triangle bras are 92% recycled nylon and 8% elastane. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

Our tatas like transparency as much as they like sustainable materials, and we’re thankful Knickey supplies it in DD

Using Fair Trade factories, Knickey’s ethically made bras are ethically made in India. Workers receive living wages and have healthy and safe working conditions. 

Green business practices:

Wondering what to do with old bras? 

Send any brand of bra back to Knickey’s recycling program and they’ll be recycled into things like furniture filling and insulation. 

Inclusivity:

Knicky’s inclusive sizing means you’ll find organic cotton bras for large breasts, small breasts, and medium-sized ones (XXS-XXXL).

Available: Knickey


3. JulieMay

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About JulieMay

For sustainable bras in the UK, London-based JulieMay’s luxe selection of silk-lined sustainable lingerie is both luxuriously soft and sustainably sexy. 

Whether you’re looking for eco bras with underwire, lightweight, non-wired designs, sports bras, sustainable push-up bras, or everyday bralettes, this award-winning brand offers them all in several elegant designs and colors. 

It’s good news for sensitive skin, too. All of these certified organic cotton lace bras are hypoallergenic and certified by Allergy UK. 

JulieMay’s Ethical & Sustainable Practices 

Materials:

JulieMay’s sustainable underwear and bras are made from certified organic Pima Cotton and a silk inner layer that sits next to the skin. 

The long-staple Pima cotton means this cotton is luxuriously soft and durable and the pure silk is antibacterial, breathable, and hypoallergenic—which means their organic cotton bras with no wire extra comfortable.

All of the trims, lace, and threads are cotton. You won’t find any synthetics, latex, plastic hooks, or stitched labels, and no harsh chemicals are used during fabric washing or dyeing processes. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

Vegan bra designs are handmade at a production facility certified by ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001.

These ensure that water and energy-efficient practices are in place and that workers benefit from living wages and high social standards. 

Green business practices:

Water usage is kept to a minimum during the dyeing process and the brand uses recycled paper packaging. 

Inclusivity:

Over 30 sizes are available for bras (32B to 40G) and they also offer custom-made sizes. 

Panties and bralettes are available in UK sizes 8-18. 

Community & charitable giving:

Via a partnership with Greenspark, JulieMay contributes funding to a variety of environmental and social organizations. Their public ledger details the specifics.

Available: JulieMay


4. Cosabella

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About Cosabella 

Cosabella’ means “beautiful thing” in Italian. 

This plus-size lingerie brand combines Italian craftsmanship and quality materials to create its beautiful line of sustainable intimates, sleepwear, and loungewear—and they’ve been doing it for 35 years. 

Their high-quality ethical bras come in a full range of feminine, timeless designs: bralettes, underwired, t-shirt, strapless, racerback, and other bras. 

Cosabella’s Ethical & Sustainable Practices 

Materials:

While the majority use synthetic fabrics like polyamide and elastane, some use cotton and modal for the main body. 

Past collections have featured the use of recycled synthetics and we hope these make a return. 

Natural dyes are used to create the colors. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

Cosabella’s lingerie is made in small, family-run workshops scattered across Italy. 

Taking a slow fashion approach to their garment creation, some of the manufacturing processes date back to the Renaissance period.

Inclusivity:

Cosabella’s lingerie is size inclusive and designed for every woman. You can search their range of ethical bras by body type: Petite, Standard, Curvy, Super Curvy, Ultra Curvy, Extended, and Beauty (full frame and small bust). 

Their plus-size collection of ethical and sustainable underwire bras for large busts starts at 38-40 bands, DD-F cups, and lingerie sizes 1X to 3X.

Available: Cosabella


5. Boody

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About Boody

What goes best with organic bamboo? 

Your Boody, of course!

This affordable ethical clothing brand can outfit you in one of nature’s most sustainable plants from head to toe—like eco-friendly socks to sustainable underwear and other organic basics.

For the latter, you can choose between a shaper bra, padded shaper bra, and racerback sports bra.

Who says you need wires for a lift?

Let these organic bras with no wire give you a little push-up without letting the planet prematurely sag.

Boody’s Ethical & Sustainability Practices

Materials:

Organically-grown bamboo viscose is Boody’s bag, usually blended with a mix of nylon and spandex. 

Boody’s bamboo is created using non-toxic solvents and a zero-waste manufacturing process that recycles all water and solvents. 

Certifications from OEKO-TEX, Ecocert, and SGS back up the non-toxicity of their bamboo. 

Some eco-friendly bras also feature organic cotton. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

Further certifications from WRAP, ISO-9001, and ISO-14001 back up the ethical side of things, evidencing that no child labor, unsafe working conditions, or forced labor has been used. 

This Certified B Corp supports its bamboo harvesters with fair wages, too. 

Green business practices:

The product description for each organic bamboo bra highlights its positive impact (emissions avoided, water saved, land farmed without pesticides, etc.). 

Plant-based across production, Boody packaging utilizes plant-ink and recycled or compostable bags and boxes. 

For their organic bras with padding, the inserts are removable for washing to help them maintain shape longer.

Inclusivity:

XS-XL sizes should fit sizes up to 38D or 40C. 

Community & charitable giving:

Guess who’s a member of 1% for the Planet? 

Boody—and us, but that’s beside the point!

Available: Boody (US) | Boody (AU)


6. WAMA

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About WAMA

We can protect our privates (and our planet) with WAMA

These LA-based skivvies specialists bring something a little different to your privates: hemp underwear

For those who aren’t familiar with hemp fabric, it’s naturally anti-bacterial, very durable, breathable, and comfortable (i.e. ideal for down there). 

For up top, their organic hemp bras come in two options: a triangle bralette for more casual wear and a racerback bralette to complete your ethical activewear ensemble. 

WAMA’s Ethical & Sustainability Practices

Materials:

WAMA’s signature fabric blend—53% hemp, 44% GOTS-certified organic cotton, and just 3% spandex,—keeps their clothing simple and sustainable. 

Fun fact: hemp is one of the most sustainable fabrics because it grows quickly, improves soil health, and doesn’t use pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

WAMA partners with small, organic family farms in China for their hemp and uses factories that are BSCI-certified. 

All workers are supported with fair wages, quality work environments, and a WAMA team member on-site to ensure the standards of their Code of Conduct are met. 

Green business practices:

Thanks to EcoEnclose, WAMA’s natural bras come in mailers that are 100% recycled and recyclable, along with recycled and compostable tissue paper. Larger orders come mailed in recycled cardboard boxes. 

The only non-compostable part is the recycled paper logo sticker, which can be returned to WAMA.

The brand is also a Green America Certified Business Member. 

Inclusivity: 

WAMA woos us with XS-XXL sizes.

Available: WAMA


7. Underprotection

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About Underprotection

The Danes sure know how to make ethical lingerie. 

For over a decade, award-winning company Underprotection has been protecting people + planet with its sustainable lingerie, ethical swimwear, and loungewear.

Their vegan bra selection is more elegant than most. With floral prints, front clasps, lacy bands, semi-translucent designs, and more, Underprotection will leave you feeling sustainably sexy.

Underprotection’s Ethical & Sustainability Practices

Materials:

The majority of Underprotection’s bras are made from recycled synthetics including polyamide, polyester, nylon, and even recycled stretchy material: elastane. 

All synthetic materials have GRS and OEKO-TEX certifications to ensure they are free from harmful substances. 

Most are also PETA-approved vegan, making them a good option if you’re seeking vegan-friendly sustainable bras. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

Underprotection is overly conscious about who they work with. They only partner with factories that support fair pay and safe working conditions and their globally-based manufacturing partners are backed up with certifications from WRAP, GOTS, BSCI, ISO-9001, and Sedex. 

They’re also a Certified B Corp and a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. 

Green business practices:

Underprotection uses recycled or biodegradable packaging, polybags, and paper. They also employ practices that allow them to minimize their waste, water, and energy consumption.

Inclusivity:

Sizes run from XS-XL.

Available: EarthHero | Underprotection (EU)


8. Pact

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About Pact

Can we make a pact? 

Next time you’re looking for organic cotton bras, don’t forget to check out Pact

We’ve bragged about Earth’s Favorite™ Clothing company before. From pajamas to sustainable sweaters, they’ve got all our organic clothing needs covered. 

It’s no wonder we’re also supportive (pun intended) of Pact’s comfy organic bras that provide light support without padding or wire. 

While they don’t have a huge range of bras, they’ve got all the sustainable basics covered in a few different colors.

Pact’s Ethical & Sustainability Practices

Materials:

Pact offers organic cotton bras without metal and with sustainable materials: 95% GOTS-certified organic cotton and minimal elastane.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Pact works (almost) exclusively with Fair Trade-certified factories and farms in India. 

All their organic cotton is grown and processed in India, keeping things local. 

Green business practices:

Pact is Climate Neutral Certified and takes steps to minimize waste and reduce its water and energy consumption.

Your organic Fair Trade bra will come in recycled/biodegradable packaging materials and you can choose to carbon offset your shipping at checkout. 

Inclusivity:

Sustainable basic bras come in sizes XS-XXL, they’re best for A-C cups. We’d love to see organic cotton bras plus size options in the future.   

Community & charitable giving:

Use the box your order arrives in to send back gently used clothing (from any brand) to Pact’s Give Back. Wear Forward program and they’ll donate them to those in need.

Available: Pact


9. The Very Good Bra

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About The Very Good Bra

The Very Good Bra makes, well…a very good bra—for everyone involved. 

Inspired by her fight with breast cancer, Stephanie Devine started a Kickstarter for the world’s first zero-waste bra. 

Not surprisingly, it went viral overnight because where else can you get 100% organic cotton bras?! 

These truly organic natural bras can be completely decomposed in a worm farm in just eight weeks—talk about compostable cleavage! 

They’re about to launch the world’s first line of compostable and sustainable nursing bras, too.

The Very Good Bra’s Ethical & Sustainability Practices

Materials:

The organic cotton bras with support (but no uncomfortable wires!) are made with 100% organic cotton (outer and liner) and Lenzing TENCEL thread.

Instead of regular elastane/spandex, they use natural tree rubber knitted into organic cotton. 

Everything—down to the custom-made hook and eyepieces, elastic, GOTS-certified dyes, and soy ink labels—is botanically circular and can break down in nature leaving no trace. 

None of the all-natural cotton bras have underwire, although a couple of designs have a small separating V-wire in the front. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

TVGB sources materials from many places, including Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. 

Their Sri Lankan manufacturing partner is WRAP and SEDEX-certified. Employees receive 75-100% above the local minimum wage, free medical care, free transport, and subsidized food. 

Green business practices:

Some collections—like the organic nursing bras—are funded via presales to minimize textile waste. 

Not only can you chuck your natural fiber bra in the compost bin at the end of its life, but it’s also sent in compostable or recycled/recyclable packaging materials. 

If you’re in Australia, it’ll get mailed via Sendle, the country’s first carbon-neutral courier.

Inclusivity:

There’s a huge range of sizes available and a qualified virtual bra fitter on hand if you need help choosing the right one. 

Community & charitable giving:

As one of the most ethical brands for bras, TVGB partners with Avenue for its warehouse fulfillment, a social enterprise offering work opportunities to those facing barriers to employment.

Available: The Very Good Bra


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How We Found The Best Organic Bras

Sustainable fashion isn’t just what you see on the outside; what’s inside matters, too. 

So, are your bras eco-friendly? Probably not. Traditional bras are often made from virgin synthetics—which can actually leach BPA into the body under heat and friction (looking at you, athletic bras).

We don’t want fossil-fuel based fabrics or harsh chemicals in the fashion industry, and we certainly don’t want them near our private bits.  

Removable pads may provide versatility, but what’s the benefit when we end up with a pile of synthetic foam and polyester taking up precious space in our growing landfills?

This is why sustainable bras matter and why we used our sustainable and ethical fashion criteria to take a peek at what’s under these brands’ blouses.

Materials:

First, we look for healthy bras to wear made from sustainable materials and dyed using non-toxic, natural dyes. 

So exactly what are sustainable bras made of?

The best sustainable bras which are near and dear to our hearts (literally) use organic materials like certified organic cotton, recycled cotton, hemp, and bamboo. 

These sustainable materials also make for compostable, zero-waste bras—provided you remove any metal clasps and components.

While the average sustainable bra will still have a few synthetic components (hardware and spandex/elastase), we tried to stick to those with minimal percentages here.

Semi-synthetics from wood pulp (like TENCEL® lyocell and modal are also a more sustainable choice and if synthetic fabrics are used, they should be made from recycled materials (like rPET made from plastic bottles). 

Supply chain and labor practices:

We’d prefer to have our tatas supported by an underwear brand that support their workers across the entire supply chain. 

We look for transparent labor practices such as detailed reports of factories and workers, third-party certifications, regular audits, proof of fair pay, and the assurance of safe working conditions.

Green business practices:

Aside from bras made from sustainable fabrics, high-impact bras can be low-impact in everything else with things like carbon offset programs, recyclable/compostable packaging, traditional crafting techniques instead of machinery, and closed-loop processes

Inclusivity:

We love when a range of bodies can be supported by sustainable fashion bras that fit well—and when diverse models are showing off those bras. 

Plus-size sustainable bras are especially important because larger breasts need support more than smaller ones. We want to see eco-friendly bras for a large bust, small bust, and every size in between!

Cheap sustainable bras (that don’t leave our planet with the bill) are a plus, too. 

Community & charitable giving:

Bras may remain hidden underneath clothing, but it’s uplifting to see sustainable bra brands bearing all by sharing their role in a connected and supported community. 

We’re happy to report almost all of these brands give back—whether through 1% for the Planet, company grant funding, or projects to donate gently used clothes.


Final Thoughts On Organic Bra Brands

Finding a bra that makes you feel good—in your skin and your conscience—can be a task. 

Fortunately, these ethical sustainable bras make it easier. 

Whether you’re after an extra boost or a barely-there bra, they’re using some of the world’s best sustainable materials to support you and the planet. 

As with any garment, we only recommend upgrading when you need to, as keeping things around is the best way to keep clothing sustainable. 

BUT if you’re one of the 80% of women reportedly wearing the wrong size bra, you’ll be excused for sizing up to a more comfortable sustainable bra.

Give us a boost by sharing this article with your bra-wearing buddies and help spread the word about the best sustainable bra brands for a low-impact lift.

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    • Hi Gale, so annoying right, pretty much everything has spandex/lycra in it. Try The Very Good Bra on this list, they’re the only one I know of that are made from 100% natural materials.

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