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Peachaus Underwear Review: Tried & Tested Ethical Lingerie

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Are you looking for ethical underwear? pebble's expert team try out British slow fashion label Peachaus' super soft bras and pants.

Georgina Wilson-Powell

Fri 27 May 2022

This article is sponsored by Peachaus

Underwear with an ethical essence

The lingerie market has seen significant growth in the past decade. From more disposable income to cheaper clothing, there are a multitude of reasons why lingerie is becoming a force to be reckoned with.

In fact, did you know $16 billion are spent on bras annually worldwide?

Whether it be social or economic, lingerie is impacting the fashion world and consequently affecting our planet.

model in lingerie laying on the floor

What’s wrong with how lingerie is made?

Everyone knows how negatively fast fashion impacts the environment and garment workers, and lingerie can be a part of this problem.

Some of the issues with the contemporary lingerie industry are:

  • Often unethical in practice

  • Often unsustainably made items

  • Common practice to throw away lingerie

  • Common practice to continually buy new underwear

  • Sizing isn't consistent across the industry

  • Lingerie tends to not be size inclusive

Big players in the lingerie-fast fashion industry, have been named and shamed for their wasteful ways, many of them send unsold lingerie to landfill, and join the 26 billion pounds of textiles that are sent to landfills each year.

Many brands resort to extreme measures like this to ensure that their clothing profits remain only within their channels, disregarding the environmental and human costs of producing the products.

Woman wearing white Peachaus bra and shots holding a bunch of flowers
“26 billion pounds of textiles are sent to landfills each year”

It's not just brands, we all buy more than we need.

According to this recent report, the average woman in the UK wears just two bras on rotation, yet more than half of the women polled said that they had brand new underwear which was unworn and they never intended to wear.

"$16 billion is spent on bras annually worldwide"

How Peachaus is different

Peachaus don’t want customers to buy more than they have to, instead they encourage slow shopping.

It prioritises making comfortable garments while also making sure that the lifecycle of the product is as long as possible.

The brand tackles this holistically, from the materials it sources to the programme of care and repair tips it will be introducing to help customers look after their clothes.

Person wearing a blue Myrtle bralette from Peachaus surrounded by flowers
“Peachaus wants customers to care for its garments, not replace them”

How Peachaus lingerie is designed

The conventional sizing of bras were designed in the 1930s as a means of measuring for pattern cutting.

The measurements do not relate to the body’s sizing, and definitely do not account for age, tissue type or personal fit preference.

Peachaus' bras however are designed with a simple sizing system in mind.

Sizes in the regular range from XS to XL in soft styles and S to L in seamless and underwired bras. In the fuller range, Peachaus offers S,M,L 5–8, which is equivalent to 32–36 E–G.

Peachaus' bras are designed for versatility, comfort and self-expression, offering a fluid fit that works if you size slightly up or down.

model in lingerie lounging on a rug

What Peachaus lingerie is made of

Peachaus works with low impact materials, like bamboo and ethically sourced cotton.

This is one of the many ways in which Peachaus safeguards people and the environment, while also creating comfortable lingerie.

And because the brand only works with high-quality materials, each garment will last a long time.

Likewise, Peachaus' garments are packaged in recycled materials - from the cardboard to the tissue bags, while the order bags are fully biodegradable, non-toxic and contain no microplastics.

Woman standing by a red wall wearing blue sleepwear and an eye mask from Peachaus

pebble's Experts Try Peachaus: Tried & Tested Review

Betula Recycled Tulle Underwired Balconette Bra

Francesca Brooking, Features Editor at pebble, tested the Betula recycled tulle underwired balconette bra in Dawnlight Coral.

She comments: “The bra is well made with beautiful lace detailing across the cups. It looks like feminine lingerie but it’s robust enough for day-to-day wear so I felt great wearing it.

I have a tricky size so it’s not always easy to shop for bras. Although I couldn’t find my size listed on the website, I went for the sister size up and I was pleased to discover that the bra fit perfectly. In fact, from the moment I tried the Betula bra on, it was instantly comfortable.

There were no awkward digging-in straps that needed to be adjusted. The underwire felt secure without being constrictive. One thing to note, the bra isn’t padded but that comes down to personal choice. "

Betula bra, £55

Woman wearing pink Peachaus lingerie

Betony Recycled Tulle High-Rise Briefs

“The Betony recycled tulle high-rise briefs are certainly very high-waisted. The lace detailing is, again, beautiful and the underwear is comfortable. A perfect match for the balconette bra!”

Betony briefs, £25

model in lingerie in garden

Konara Recycled Tulle Fuller Underwired Bra

"As a woman with larger boobs, many of the ethical fashion brands which just produce simple triangles on strings as underwear, don’t work for me, despite my desire to only buy and wear ethical lingerie," says Georgina Wilson-Powell, pebble magazine founder.

Bigger boobs need more material and more support, and it’s fantastic to see Peachaus take this on board and create super soft, beautiful bras in bigger cup sizes.

My bra arrived gorgeously wrapped in tissue paper, it’s really comfortable to wear, unlike some scratchy or nippy bra straps, with a high cut for boob security and it feels made for me, rather than trying to man-handle your breasts into cups that aren’t forgiving.

As someone with sensitive skin, I really appreciate the lack of labels in the bra, everything is printed onto the fabric to reduce waste and it's cute that the name of the person who designed your bra is also printed there. Thanks Sophie!"

Konara recycled-tulle bra, £55

Black Konara bra and Banksia briefs from Peachaus

"Ethical, stylish underwear isn't always the easiest to find but there are some gorgeous styles at Peachaus.

I ordered a high waist Betony pair, and a mid-rise pair (Ume) both in recycled tulle and organic cotton. They came beautifully wrapped like a gift and felt like a real treat to treasure. Both have been cut sympathetically for every figure and don't ride up under jeans. I was running around all day between meetings and no issues here!

I love the fact there are 'how to cherish' tags in every pair which tell you how best to wash and dry your underwear to give it as long a life as possible, which is what we all need to be doing."

Ume recycled-tulle mid-rise briefs, £15

Woman wearin a blue bra and briefs from Peachaus

Peachaus' packaging

It's worth a quick mention as the packaging here is thoughtful. While the ethical underwear comes in unbleached tissue it's also protected in 100% compostable bag that's ok to compost at home.

Woman surrounded by plants wearing white Peachaus underwear

For more on Peachaus, visit peachaus.com.

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