A Guide to Buying Sustainable Underwear that Lasts
Hello there, sustainable-minded friend! The first layer we put on everyday can have an impact on our moods, outfits — and also the planet. When you choose materials and production practices that consider sustainability, you are making an environmentally-friendly choice every day. Your body, your wallet, and the planet will thank you!
At Uwila Warrior, we are committed to discovering and to incorporating sustainable materials and eco-friendly practices in our products. Our goal is to make our underwear a great choice for anyone who wants to reduce their environmental impact while still enjoying high-quality, comfortable underwear. You can avoid wedgies and know we are working to make better ethical choices as we adopt more sustainable fabrics and practices. Here are some tips to make it happen and choose sustainable underwear and other intimates that last for the long haul.
Look for Quality Materials
At Uwila Warrior, we focus on high-performance fabrics and then search for the most earth-friendly solutions commercially available. “It’s about balancing what will function and last, what will a customer reach for in her underwear drawer over and over again, and which material will do the least harm,” explains Samantha Benassai, Uwila Warrior’s Product Development manager.
Some of the typically sustainable materials just aren’t compatible with underwear design, like: flax. Others, such as cotton, are common, but not the best performers for issues like moisture wicking.
“If the underwear is made with a so-called sustainable fiber, but then is uncomfortable, doesn’t perform well or last long in her drawer, the environmental impact of producing it and then disposing of it doubles its overall impact, making it an even worse choice,” Samantha notes.
So what fits the bill for us? We are big fans of silk, as it is naturally moisture wicking and durable. We also use Naia™ fabrics, which are responsibly sourced from sustainably managed pine and eucalyptus forests and plantations. Not only is the fabric produced in a closed-loop process, they’re also super soft and supple.
“We stumbled upon Naia during one of our sourcing research trips and were immediately drawn to its light sheen, gentle stretch and soft drape. We were excited that the wood pulp fiber is from FSC-certified cultivation, meaning the chemicals used in processing are recycled and reused,” Samantha explains. The fabric marries Uwila Warrior’s dual design principles of comfort-first and planet-first.
Intimate apparel is one sector of the fashion industry where a higher price correlates to a better quality garment, meaning that it lasts longer. “If you are purchasing underwear at a $10 price point, realistically the materials used in it are going to be very cheap, low-grade quality that may wear through more quickly,” Samantha points out. In addition, the labor paid for such a garment would have been very low, meaning both that workers may not be making a living wage, and that construction may degrade sooner than you anticipated. Think: threads pulling, stitching unraveling, and seams bursting open. In this case, higher cost equates to better quality.
Shop Sustainable Underwear & Intimates
Every morning when you reach for your underwear drawer, you have the power to enact change. Mindful shopping, which includes investing in garments that you can care for and wear for years, is one of the most sustainable options available to us. This is especially true for underwear, which has limits to its ability to be recycled, become circular or enter into the second hand resale market. So what are you waiting for?
Soft Silk, $45
These briefs pair beauty and function to make one amazing pair of underwear. Made of 100% silk, our best-selling panties come with seams on the side to better fit under your clothes and around your curves. Silk is the ultimate moisture-wicking fabric, making these ideal for any occasion that demands underwear that stays in place and dries fast.
These high-waisted 100% silk briefs will keep your tummy smooth on period days, during the postpartum period, or any other time you just aren’t feeling a band sitting across your stomach. The soft-lace waistband doesn’t pinch or itch, and the seams on the side fit under your clothes and around your curves.
Sustainable Chemise, $98
Our A-line chemise floats on the body and makes a perfect nightgown or beach cover-up. With a breathable fabric made from a sustainably sourced wood pulp fiber, in partnership with Naia, and a removable tag, it is the perfect match for warm weather. It’s luxuriously comfortable, tagless, and ultra-lightweight. Throw it on while lounging at home, or pack it as a versatile piece for your next getaway.
Sustainable Robe, $183
A robe has never been comfier or more convenient. We partnered with Naia to create a breathable fabric made from sustainably sourced wood pulp and added strategically located pockets for a robe you’ll never take off. Choose from the chest pocket, two patch pockets, or one hidden interior pocket to stash your phone, lip balm, or whatever other treasure you need for your new robe life.
Sustainable style meets comfort with this set made with breathable fabric of sustainably sourced wood pulp fiber, in partnership with Naia. It’s luxuriously comfortable, tagless, and ultra-lightweight. It's soft enough for sleeping, yet substantial and tasteful for a zoom meeting, or even for a stroll with the dog around the block.
Perfect Fit Promise
We also offer a Perfect Fit Promise so we can make sure your underwear fits like a glove. If you don’t love your first pair of Uwila Warrior underwear, we’ll send you a different size or style of a similar price point, free of charge. Plus, you can keep your first pair.