When you and your new husband are about to do the deed, you gotta make sure that you do it right. I’m not talking about the moves here. I’m referring to decking out in pieces of sexy yet sustainable and ethical undergarments on your wedding night.
However, going “all out” for this hopefully just once-in-a-lifetime event also means your wedding will have a huge impact on the environment– from electricity to transportation, to food sourcing and management of food waste, and waste in general.
The wedding industry topped $72 billion revenue in 2016 in the US alone and if you’re feeling a little guilty for going over the top with all the paper you’ve used for the invitations and the flowers you’ve squandered to create a fairytale setting, you can somehow tip the scales in other ways, such as slipping into seductive wedding lingerie that was made sustainably or sourced ethically.
Here are the ethical and bespoke lingerie brands creating sexy intimates such as delicate bralettes, lacy bottoms, satin robes and garter belts ideal for your wedding night and honeymoon:
This San Francisco based lingerie shop offers reasonably-priced bras, knickers and swimwear that are beautiful and irresistible. Ideal for women who are seeking lingerie conveying romance and practicality, rather than full-on kinky.
Naja lingerie founder, Catalina Girald, challenged the industry’s marketing strategy of over-sexualizing undergarments and objectifying women in skimpy underwear. She focused instead on women’s comfort and enjoyment rather than pandering to men’s sexual needs. More importantly, she concentrated more on empowering women to change the way they shop.
From an ethical and sustainable standpoint, the brand uses a special printing technology that reduces water waste during the manufacturing process and provides sustainable employment to single mothers and females who are heads of the household and have families to care for. Talk about girl power!
Madame Pierre designs lingerie with sophisticated cuts and quality fabrics that are handmade in Rapperswil, Switzerland by fairly-paid garment workers. All materials are sourced from OEKO-TEX certified companies. This certification means that they use fabrics and textiles that are free from harmful chemicals and are safe for human use.
Madame Pierre celebrates the female body and uses quality materials that just seem to romance your skin.
Underprotection lingerie has all the reasons to seduce us. This Copenhagen-based lingerie label incorporates sustainable and eco-friendly materials such as recycled polyester, recycled wool, lyocell and organic cotton. This company has also been certified fair by the Fair Wear Foundation.
Additionally, each of Underprotection’s designs are exquisite which makes you feel both delicate and powerful at the same time. Who says brides can’t mix aesthetics and ethics when it comes to their wedding day?
Sihame Lucio, the designer Au Corset Chic, is on a mission to introduce beautiful collections of ethically-made lingerie which exclusively comes from and is handcrafted in Amsterdam, with the exception of its delicate lace which is imported from France.
Like many conscious labels, Au Corset Chic produces its collections in small batches and is committed to sustainability practices: straps are dyed by an OEKO-TEX miller in Amsterdam; the brand uses nickel-free and 24k plated gold rings in their designs, and their gussets are made with 100 percent cotton that is naturally dyed in Amsterdam. This system of production has minimal environmental footprint but positive local community impact.
Underneath Lingerie is a one-woman small business creating vintage-inspired lingerie that is handmade in Antwerp. Designer, Katja Melis creates gorgeous pieces that are custom-made so it feels comfortable and perfectly fits the customer’s proportions.
The brand has also partnered with One Tree Planted non-profit organization which advocates the reforestation program of the Indonesian rainforest. The brand plants a tree for every item sold.
Inga Intimates creates one-of-a-kind, handmade lingerie in Berlin from consciously-sourced materials. The label began when designer Inga couldn’t find the right-looking and right-fitting underwear, so took matters into her own hands, creating quality, aesthetically appealing intimates that fit her proportions.
The lingerie is also made from deadstock materials only, because some fabrics come in one or two metres, it means Inga creates pieces that are very limited-edition.
Sofia Luzon is a designer who is passionate about lingerie and her eponymous label ensures that each limited-edition piece is handcrafted using carefully selected luxurious and high-quality materials such as lace and satin. All garments are made-to-order in Stockholm with materials that are sourced from local suppliers to reduce carbon footprint.
Chakra Intimates is for the soulful woman seeking spiritually-inspired luxe lingerie. Each undergarment is hand-sewn in chakra-balancing gemstones to achieve a calm mind and a peaceful heart.
The conscious label is also passionate about protecting the planet, using plant-based dyes, recycled materials and eco-friendly luxury fabrics which feel great on the skin.
These are just some of the better options outside of lingerie brands that teach us only to look like sexpots. Support a small conscious brand on this list to purchase your wedding and honeymoon lingerie and prove that you’re the kind of bride who gives a f*ck!
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Title image credit: Sofia Luzon Lingerie.
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