Sustainability Practices to Implement
Sustainability continues to drive the conversation throughout the lingerie and fashion industry Changes are necessary in order to preserve the planet. Here are some practices companies have implemented to be more sustainable. We encourage you all to do the same. We only have one planet so let's make lasting changes for generations to come.
Leonisa is excited to announce a new collection of products designed to help clean up the Earth. The planet is contaminated by 680 billion polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles each year. Each one of these bottles takes more than 100 years to break down. Only 57.6% of these PET bottles are recycled throughout the world. Leonisa has committed to reducing the environmental damage that is created by plastic. Leonisa has created a new line of products made of synthetic fibers that come from recycled PET bottles. In order to create these pieces, Leonisa has collaborated with Enka, a company that takes plastic products and transforms them into fibers, which then become the threads that are used in Leonisa’s sustainable line. The brand’s Love for the Planet collection, currently includes a sports bra, leggings, boxer brief, shaper panty, and a new line of Leonisa swimwear.
Monique Morin finds it important to carry out sustainable practices throughout their production process. The company has a “buy just what you need approach” to avoid waste from the manufacturing cycle to inventory. They also use what is called “dead stock”, which are materials that are left in quantities too small to be of interest to large retailers. When possible, Monique Morin uses pre-dyed components to reduce water pollution. They especially love having the opportunity to use sustainable textiles as seen in their Caress collection. The Caress collection is made of modal, which is plant-based fabric that requires 10 times less water than cotton to produce. In one of their more recent collections, Wild Lace, they were able to integrate recycled fiber content and bio-based material from renewable castor plants.
Since 2012, Soak has reduced their environmental impact by using 100% post-consumer resin bottles. By using recycled plastic for their bottles, Soak diverts over six tons of virgin plastic each year reducing carbon footprint by 15.6 tons of CO2e. Soak introduced in 2019 the Eco Wash Bag. Made out of 100% RPET, each bag is made from at least eight recycled plastic bottles. Within the first production run, over 100,000 plastic bottles have already been diverted from oceans and landfills protecting thousands of wildlife normally affected by plastic bottles.
FABRICS AND DYES
Hanky Panky uses sustainably grown Supima® and organically grown domestic cotton fibers in their lingerie and sleepwear. Their USA-grown cottons are produced under the CottonLEADS(SM) sustainability initiative and have a smaller environmental impact than many imported cottons. All of Hanky Panky’s cotton knit fabrics are knitted, dyed and finished in the Southeast USA, using low-impact fiber reactive dyes, which do not contain toxic chemicals. These dyes have a high absorption rate, and use less water than conventional dyeing, resulting in an eco-friendly process which adheres to American environmental regulations. Additionally, their Signature Laces are knitted, dyed, and finished in the USA with low impact dyes.
In 2018, Hank Panky launched Lingeriecycle™, their sustainability initiative to help divert worn out, no longer wearable bras and panties from landfills. Items sent for recycling are finely shredded. Metal items such as underwires and hooks are separated out by magnets and sent to a metal recycler. Fabric components are ultimately converted into carpet padding. Their partnership with NYC-based FabScrap results in recycling and re-purposing of a portion of our textile waste.
The Underargument operates with a slow fashion mindset, producing "on demand" to avoid dead stock. Although they currently offer 40 sizes of bras (vs 8 last year) and are looking to increase this number as they grow, The Underargument only starts producing certain sizes when they have demand and through pre-orders. It is a great way to educate the customer on the production process and how long it takes to "make things". Sustainability for The Underargument also means the preservation of the craft, which is why, although these materials aren't organic, we get all our embroideries and mesh from France, Switzerland and Italy.
Additionally, they choose their factory not only based on the quality of their work but also the way they give back to their local community. The Underargument’s factory gives back through the Sekool Foundation which runs educational programs for impoverished children in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
FAIR TREATMENT OF WORKERS
Skin works with small factories in Peru, where they have a close relationship with their factory owners in order to ensure their employees have safe working conditions and the staff is fairly treated. Skin pays fair wages for the work and garments that they contract. Skin assures that their partners are making a profit from their business relationship and negotiate their prices with those standards. They share their business success with their manufacturing partners. Skin has worked with artisans and supported local indigenous crafts and industry in Peru. Skin is proud to create jobs and economic well-being for people across countries.