Underprotection

Ethics and Aesthetics

Who They Are

Slipping into something silky or lacey should feel like a total treat. Whether it’s a delicate bralette or a gorgeous pair of hipsters, lingerie is a fun way to feel special and give yourself some self-love. However, most lace undergarments are made with stretchy, virgin plastics that don’t last very long, feel itchy on the skin, and contribute to a global waste problem. There haven’t been many options for those with a passion for pretty things who also aim to lead a planet-friendly lifestyle...until now. Welcome to Underprotection -- an eco-luxe lingerie brand proving that a green closet does not have to be dull and that sustainability CAN be fun!

Founded in 2010 by Sunniva Uggerby and Stephan Rosenkilde, Underprotection was born from a vision of merging ethics with aesthetics. The innovative duo had a goal to provide stylish, sustainable clothing that was thoughtfully-designed and suited for all body types. From elegant matching sets to silky loungewear and flattering swimwear, the Danish brand is revolutionizing the world of fashion by employing upcycled and recycled materials, natural fibers, and ocean-bound plastic.

Each delightful silhouette, from briefs to bralettes to maternity wear, emphasizes confidence and inspires a little self-indulgence. Underprotection’s ethically-made intimates are the perfect way to pamper yourself, with stunning styles that will make you feel fabulous and thoughtful materials that are soft on the skin and gentle on the planet.


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Why We Like Them

Lingerie that supports everyone, from creator to consumer to planet. Underprotection has placed ethics and sustainability at the forefront of their mission. Their thoughtful material use, packaging, and ethical manufacturing are what truly make them stand apart from others in the lingerie world.

Materials: From durable stockings made from entirely recycled materials to elegant tops and bottoms made from natural fibers like organic cotton, upcycled wool, and TENCEL, each sophisticated intimate is made with the utmost thought and care. Even the pads inside their bras are 100% recycled and GRS certified! Their use of sustainable materials saves water and energy and redirects waste that would otherwise head straight for the landfill. Underprotection also employs two unique textile alternatives – banana fiber and milk fiber. The sustainable banana fabric is made from the banana leaf, a byproduct of banana harvesting that may be turned into a fine and light fabric that’s perfect for loungewear. Their milk fabric features a fascinating process that spins a protein from sour milk into a delicate, soft, and shiny silk-like fabric.

Packaging: In the clothing industry, the packaging is often the area most brands fall flat. Underprotection understands the irony of creating an eco product, only to package it in virgin plastic. They’ve made a great effort to package their delicates in biodegradable or recyclable bags (no wasteful poly bags, here!) and any paper used is FSC-Certified and made of recycled components.

Ethics: As a Certified B Corporation, Underprotection puts environmental and social responsibility above profit, meeting rigorous standards for ethics and sustainability at every step of the manufacturing process. When made by Underprotection, every article of clothing carries the standards of WRAP, BSCI, and GOTS; certifications that ensure a safe, fair, and eco-friendly supply chain.

  • Compostable Packaging
    Compostable Packaging

  • Lenzing Tencel

  • Recycled Wool
  • Empowers Women
    Empowers Women
  • Safe & Fair Labor
    Safe and Fair Labor
  • OEKO-TEX
    OEKO-TEX
  • GOTS Certified
    GOTS Certified
  • Recycled Packaging
    Recycled Packaging
  • Recycled Nylon
    Recycled Nylon
  • Recycled Plastic
    Recycled Plastic
  • Recycled PET Fabric
    Recycled PET Fabric
  • Organic Cotton
    Organic Cotton

This product is packaged or shipped in materials that can be composted in home systems or industrial facilities. Certain materials may be better fit for industrial facilities than backyard composting systems. Contact your local waste-hauler or composting facility to determine where these materials may be accepted. Industrial facilities may not exist in your area.

Tencel® is the Lenzing AG company’s patented form of lyocell; a material that utilizes sustainable tree farming and minimal waste processing. This certified fabric is made from the pulp of eucalyptus trees, which require little water and no pesticides or fertilizers to grow quickly. The pulp is processed using a non-toxic solution, and 99% of the solution is recovered and reused to process more materials. Tencel has a naturally white color, so no bleach or chlorine is required before the dying process.

Recycled wool textiles utilize salvaged fabric from both pre- and post- consumer sources. Fabric scraps, as well as old clothing items, are cleaned and broken down into fibers, then respun into new wool yarn. Buying products made from recycled wool prevents the need to produce more wool while keeping waste out of the landfill.

This company promotes the empowerment of women by providing safe employment opportunities and working conditions, promoting community programs and gender equality, or donating time or funds towards women’s education and empowerment opportunities.

We support safe and fair labor practices when producing sustainable products. This company cares for their workers by fostering a safe work environment and providing their employees with fair wage.

The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is a global independent certification system that regulates the use of harmful chemicals for yarns, fabrics, and finished textiles. Products with this certification meet rigorous environmentally friendly standards, as well as human-ecological health standards. OEKO-TEX® also creates standards based on the item’s proximity and sensitivity of the skin. For example, OEKO-TEX® holds baby clothing to a higher standard than an outer coat. For a product to earn this certification, all parts of the product must meet the criteria, including parts of clothing such as buttons, linings, threads, etc.

 

The Global Organic Textile Standard is an international processing standard for organic fibers that covers everything from processing, packaging, and distributing organic fibers. GOTS certified products are labeled organic if they contain 95% or more certified organic fibers, and are labeled as “made with organic” if they contain at least 70% organic fibers. GOTS assures that textiles are produced with socially responsible labor and environmentally conscious manufacturing. Certified textiles must follow guidelines on chemical use, energy and water consumption, safety and living standards for employees, waste produced throughout the manufacture process, and more.

This product is packaged or shipped in materials that contain recycled content.

Recycled nylon salvages post-industrial and post-consumer nylon scraps in order to create new items. The scraps are cleaned, sorted, stripped down, and separated into fibers before being transformed into completely new products. This process avoids the energy and resource extraction required to produce virgin fibers, and takes advantage of the efforts used to create the item initially. Recycling nylon provides a second life for materials which might otherwise end up polluting the ocean or buried in a landfill. Recycled nylon can be made from salvaged fishing nets as well as carpet and scraps from clothing production.

Recycled plastic utilizes salvaged post-industrial plastic scraps and post-consumer products such as water bottles and other plastic containers, and transforms them into new products. The containers are sorted, crushed, and then heated to form resins, which are liquid plastics that can harden into new shapes. These resins can be molded and used to create anything from carpet to outdoor furniture. Recycling plastic lowers the amount of petroleum extracted and the production of greenhouse gasses associated with first-time plastic production. Plus, by using these existing materials, we’re benefiting from the original energy and resources spent to create them in the first place, while diverting waste from the landfill.

Recycled PET utilizes salvaged post-industrial PET scraps and post-consumer products such as water bottles and other plastic containers. These plastics are dried, crushed, and spun into yarn in order to create recycled PET fabric, or polyester. By providing a use for recycled plastics, companies encourage recycling programs worldwide, while adding new value to discarded items. Currently, over half of virgin PET production goes towards making textiles, so by utilizing recycled PET, post-consumer materials are both diverting waste while taking the place of raw materials. This helps to reduce the demand for the extraction of oil, as well as energy used to produce new synthetic fibers.

Organic cotton production uses zero chemical pesticides and fertilizers, promoting a healthier use of land and decreasing harmful agricultural runoff. By steering clear of toxic chemicals, workers experience less exposure to hazardous conditions, promoting social responsibility as well as environmental stewardship. Plus, farming methods for organic cotton have been shown to use up to 20% less water than nonorganic production methods. Choosing organic cotton eliminates the use of insecticides and other harmful chemicals, promotes efficient resource use, and results in a safer products and a cleaner planet!

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