Boobs big and small rejoice, because ethical bras and bralettes exist. And not only do they exist, but with variation as well. Australian brands are quickly catching up to consumer demand, making everything from soft cup crop tops to sensible t-shirt bras. From the world’s first zero-waste bra to the super soft bamboo variation – these are Australia’s best brands for ethically made brassieres.
Brisbane’s NICO Underwear is one of the only Australian brands with a focus on ethical production and sustainability that is making bras with underwire. All of its undergarments are ethically made in Australia, India and Bangladesh, using sustainable and soft fabrics including lenzing modal, recycled cotton and recycled nylon for the necessary stretch. NICO makes a range of wire-free full cup, triangle cup and bralettes in soft, sustainable fabrics, along with their range of modest underwire bras. The bra/cup sizes range from 8A to 14DD.
Melbourne’s HARA makes super soft brassieres with ethically and sustainably sourced bamboo. The benefits of bamboo as a fabric (despite the silky smooth feel) include odour-resistance, hypo-allergenic and neutral charge (anti-static, so no more clinging clothes!) HARA’s range of wire-free bralettes are all naturally dyed, cut, sewn, packaged and shipped in Melbourne.
Eco conscious intimates makers Lé Buns supply bralettes for your bosom. The range is made from eco luxe organic cotton and features a variation of wire-free designs including triangle cups with thick supportive straps, a more classic vertical bandeau style all the way through to the classic crop top. While the range doesn’t fit the classic formula for a T-shirt bra, they’re a staple range for weekend wear, around the house, and hitting the beach. Pick from sizes 8A+ to 14A+.
Like your undergarments without waste? You’re in luck. The zero waste bra is the product on offer thanks to the peeps over at The Very Good Bra. The world’s first waste-free bra is so clean you can literally pop it in the compost when you’re done with it (not to say that it won’t last – it will). How? Everything down to the brand’s elastic, labels, sewing thread and packaging is completely compostable. Despite lacking underwire, the bra is surprisingly supportive with a thick band to offer stability, suiting sizes between 10A – 16DD.
Bimby and Roy are also in the business of bras – opting for a range of underwire-free, soft, stretchy bralettes with elastic trimming. The sister duo behind the brand ethically produce their undergarments in Fiji in the island’s first solar powered factory. Their designs set them apart from other brands, but their unique feature is their ability to suit sleep, swim and general wear equally.
Eco Intimates specialises in luxury ladies sleepwear, so you can expect the same level of luxe from its bras. The brand makes a number of impressive steps to ensure ethical production (here in Australia and in Bali, Indonesia), to make its undergarments which are a range of organic cotton and bamboo bralettes. The bras are all soft cups and wire free (read: super comfy) and feature some lovely lace adding a little luxury to the undergarments.
Think wireless bralettes are only for small sizes? Think again. The ladies behind Full Bloom Lingerie have made some super supportive, wire-free bralettes for big breasts. Their bras are ethically handmade in Australia and are designed with the bigger bust in mind – made from comfy fabric, covering sizes 8-16 and fitting a D-G cup. A 3 x 3 hook and eye means you can adjust your band size too.