I have some old undies that have served me well for years. I went back to the same store to replace them, but those undies aren’t made anymore. The new styles are cheap looking, feel cheap, and are made in China. Like I’ve said before, I love the Chinese people and their beautiful country, but I don’t trust their labor practices. Besides, if I want to minimize my usage of packaging and resources, that would include minimizing packing materials and fuel needed for shipping items from the other side of the world! I’d rather pay more for a quality product produced by ethical labor practices in my own back yard. Thus began my search for more eco-friendly panties. This was DIFFICULT. If you have any recommendations, let me know!
I settled on a men’s and women’s brand called Boody, and I chose their classic bikini style. The material is predominantly organic bamboo, which sent up red flags at first. If you know about processing bamboo into rayon fabric, the production requires lots of water and lots of chemicals and can be very polluting. However, Boody uses closed-loop processing, with “zero waste” manufacturing, greatly limiting their environmental impact. I like the packaging, too—no plastic, a small, recycled, thin cardboard box, and vegetable based ink printing.
Alas, my new Boody underwear is made in China. However, the production factory is certified by Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP). WRAP’s compliance experts are dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around. You can learn more about WRAP certification at their website, http://wrapcompliance.org. (I was kinda impressed!)
(By now you’re wondering if this is a sponsored post. Nope, not at all.)
As for the undies themselves, well, they don’t have that snap to the material like synthetic materials do, the kind of snap that smooths one’s cellulite, but that’s okay. No one expects older women to have fannies like twenty-something women. Besides, a natural fabric means it feels natural, too, breathable and flexible. As I write this post, the weather has been turning warmer, and I truly appreciate the breathable fabric. Now my old, synthetic undies feel icky in comparison.
I usually wash my delicates by hand and hang them to dry, but my new Boody underwear got lost in the shuffle and ended up in a load of Dear Husband’s jeans and tees and then got tossed in the dryer. But they turned out great to my pleasant surprise. I am confident that these are durable panties and definitely not “fast fashion.” Still, to help them last a long time, I plan on hand washing and drip drying them from now on.
The classic bikini fit that I bought is ample and cheek-covering. In fact, all the Boody panty styles, with the exception of the thong, have more coverage than what’s generally on store shelves. If you have a short torso and longer legs, Boody underwear would be especially flattering. I have a pear shaped body, and the leg elastic is a tiny bit snug, but that’s not the underwear’s fault. In fact, if you have slim hips, the slightly snug elastic should help keep the undies from riding up your rear.
I still wish the factory were stateside rather than on the other side of the planet, but at least it’s a WRAP certified factory. Of course, after I bought these undies, I came across an eco-friendly brand of both men’s and women’s underwear called BGREEN, and their products are made in the USA. I wish I had seen them earlier, and I wonder if there are other USA-made, environmentally conscious brands I might have missed.
Overall, Boody has made my heinie happy! If you’re interested, their website is http://boodywear.com.
Make this day even better. Consider:
• If you’re buying something new, read the label. At times we can’t afford to purchase the more responsibly-produced item, but even just reading the label makes us wiser, more informed consumers.