The fabric used in the manufacture of organic bras is made up of non-toxic materials; usually it’s cotton or hemp. The elastic can be a problem for some people because it has petrochemicals in either the rubber (or spandex) of it. For others it is hardly noticeable, if at all. And for most people it goes away after a few washes (oh, all right, a lot of washes for the severely sensitive). An organic bra is a great choice for someone sensitive to chemicals because:
- the fabric won’t have been treated with chemical based dyes
- the product won’t have been washed in harsh chemical detergents
- it’s less likely to cause problems and won’t need to be washed (and aired) many times by the owner before it can be worn.
Not only are these all great reasons to buy a bra made from organic materials but it’s also an excellent ethical and environmental choice too!
Most styles, traditionally, have been designed as a cross-over bra, or yoga top. But as demand has increased the finer, lacier details are coming available. Generally, they don’t have underwire, so if you’re larger than a D cup, the search could be on! But you could try Jane’s plus cup.
What (and where) to Buy
Rawganique: The Organic Pima Cotton Lady Lace Bra is designed with a lace insert for those desiring a more feminine style. 100% cotton fabric and it has adjustable straps and band and is machine washable.
The Organic Cotton Bralette can be worn on its own as a yoga-style top. It’s made from 90% organic cotton and 10% spandex; it comes in sizes S-M-L and is machine washable and made in the USA. It comes in natural, two-tone jade, and terracotta.
The Organic Cotton Energy Sports Bra is one of the few sports bras available made with organic fabric. It has doubles straps that cross and weave at the back in an attractive pattern and it is made from 90% organic cotton and 10% spandex. Available in Black and Bluestone, and Cocoa in sizes S-M-L.
Cottonfiled US: options are the Bra Top 100% organic cotton knit sports-style bra, with a latex-free elastic band in black or natural. It’s made in the US. This, just maybe, is the perfect bra for someone who is severely chemically sensitive, or has Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).
Or, the Graceful Sports Bra: 92% organic cotton, 8% lycra (elastic and latex free).
Blue Canoe: in the US (they ship internationally) (see below for AUS distributor) have a huge variety of styles: nursing, crossover, cami, yoga and simple bras in an assortment of colours. For women who require more room Jane’s plus cup goes up to an extra large.
Queen Bee: sold in Australia, organic nursing bra with discreet inseam pockets on the inside to put breast pads in.
Cheers and good luck!
Where do you get your bras? Have you ever had problems with the materials? Any tips for us people–sensitive to chemicals–still finding our way?
Have you read ‘Take off your bra!’ yet?