ethical & eco-friendly organic basics
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Confession time. We joined the YMCA at the beginning of this year. However, this month is the first time I’ve actually taken advantage of the gym there. The day I decided to hit the gym for the first time since pre Vasco days, I realized most of my “activewear” (if you could even call it that) was worn out and raggedy. In another life, I would have rushed over to Target to grab up a sports bra that actually fit and some cute yoga pants and happily headed to the gym. But I thought, what would Natalie of Sustainably Chic do? And decided instead, to do a little digging online to see if I could find any ethical & eco-friendly organic basics like sports bras, undies, tees, etc. Thanks to Instagram, I actually stumbled upon a company called Organic Basics, based out of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Organic Basics sells underwear, basic essentials, and (my fave) activewear, all made consciously in Europe. They state specifically on their website that they “only choose fabrics that care for our environment and we only ever partner with factories that care about their impact, too.
When we say sustainability is our core mission we don’t mean that sustainability is nice to have – we mean that it’s the only way we act.” Not only that, but this company is truly transparent about their business practices. You can learn all about their factories directly on their website. The website is also super informative, explaining the reasoning behind each of the different fabrics they use in their collections.
Y’all… THIS is the type of company we need to be supporting. I quickly reached out to Organic Basics and told them I was interested in learning more about their sustainably made activewear. They kindly gifted me a SilverTech Active Sports Bra and pair of SilverTech Active Leggings. (No this isn’t a sponsored post, but I am an Organic Basics affiliate) They also sent over a Triangle Bra but I’ll get to that later in this post 🙂
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So I wanted to tell you about my experience with this ethical & eco-friendly clothing brand in case you were, like me, not interested in supporting fast fashion activewear companies. I will be the first person to tell you, shop secondhand first when you can. However, I really wanted a high quality sports bra that would last and that’s why I went out hunting for sustainably made activewear.
First things first, I know you will be as excited as I am to hear that my Organic Basics package arrived in plastic free packaging. WHOOP! Each individual clothing item came in a small paper box, not plastic wrapped. I feel like that in itself is a huge win when it comes to online shopping.
The SilverTech Active Sports Bra is made from 88% recycled nylon and 12% elastane. This smart fabric is stretchy and sweat wicking (exactly what you need in a sports bra). I was happy to learn that recycled nylon requires 80% less water to make and creates 90% fewer CO2 emissions in the process. How about that for environmentally friendly!? I got the size XS-S bra and would say it fits true to size.
Another cool feature of their SilverTech activewear is that each piece is treated with a safe, bluesign® approved recycled silver treatment called Polygiene® . This technology basically makes your bras and leggings stay fresher longer, meaning you can wash them less often. How cool is that?! I plan to test out this SilverTech technology myself. I want to see how many wears I can get from them before they need a good wash.
The SilverTech Active Leggings are made from 96% recycled nylon and 4% elastane. I have to say the leggings are my FAVORITE piece from Organic Basics. They fit snuggly but not too tightly, and the fabric is really quite soft. I needed these leggings for my new gym regime but honestly, they’re so comfortable, I really enjoy wearing them around the house. Again, these leggings have that same SilverTech fabric technology keeping them fresher longer. I’m all about having to do less laundry 😉
Now I also received a Triangle Bra from Organic Basics which wasn’t actually on my radar. Like I mentioned in the beginning of the post, I was mostly on the hunt for sustainably made activewear. I still live mostly in nursing bras, so ethical & eco-friendly bras weren’t something I had a need for at the moment. However, I’m really excited I did have the opportunity to try out their bras. If you are in the market for a new bra, definitely check out Organic Basics collections. The triangle bra that I received was really soft and comfy. It doesn’t have an underwire yet still gives some support and is full coverage. It’s made from 95% organic cotton and 5% elastane.
Organic Basics also sells underwear, basic tees, and even men’s basics. I feel like I get asked pretty regularly about sustainably made undies so I now have a recommendation for you – Organic Basics 🙂 I really can’t speak highly enough of this brand. I’m a huge fan of their sustainable business practices, high quality clothing items, and transparency. I’m so glad I stumbled upon them over on Instagram. I’d love to hear your experience with Organic Basics. Also, Organic Basics is offering a 10% OFF coupon code for my readers! Please use code TINYOBC2 when checking out.
UPDATE: I’ve since tried a few more clothing items from Organic Basics, and not surprisingly, I really love every item I’ve tried. My most recent package included their basic Women’s Tee and a two pack of their Bikini Brief undies. I ordered size small for both the tee and the underwear and I would say they fit true to size. To be honest, until I tried Organic Basics undies, all of my underwear came from fast fashion brands. It thrills me to find a brand of organic underwear that I really like. I plan to slowly transition all of my undergarments to Organic Basics as my current rotation needs replacing. Your underwear is the base of your whole wardrobe and the closest thing to your skin. I think that’s a really good reason to choose high quality, sustainably made, organic pieces that will truly last.
I hope you’ve found this post helpful! Please leave me a comment if you have any questions about sizing or care, or even if you have an ethical & eco-friendly activewear brand to recommend as well.
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