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I found this underwear company on Etsy that is made from t-shirts, some using the original (ie striped) design of the shirts, some adding screen-printing. It's called "La vie en orange." I think they're cute. They are outside my price range, so I can't give a review, but they come with a guarantee of a perfect fit.
The designer, Kori Jock, studied fashion, but couldn't see how the industry aligned with her values. Beth brought up the issue (there doesn't seem to be a wide range of plastic-free underwear options), and to me these seem like a great solution.
There are options for underwear of the month club, which brings down the price point somewhat from the $22 if you buy them individually (the club also lets you give feedback to perfect the fit, and you get prints earlier than they're available on the site). Here is a video on finding your size: <http://www.youtube.com/user/Vi…..ch>.
I really wish I could afford these, I am so behind the story and love the designs.
The website is <https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaVieEnOrange#>, be sure to click through to look for something you like. It looks like custom options are available too.
Wow! I love this shop! I have sent an email to the shop owner to ask more questions. I love this idea. And her packaging looks great too. Thank you for letting us know about it. Maybe I'll do a review. The only underwear I've reviewed so far is PACT, which are made from organic cotton but do contain some lycra.
Hmmm, neat. Makes me wonder how many pair one can make from a t-shirt (thinking of trying to make some of my own like my gramma did). Nice use for t-shirts that are done for but still not quite ready for the rag bag.
For anyone else out there who sews- inspired by this Etsy gal, I Googled to see what is out there for making your own undies from old T shirts. And yes, there are nice instructions available, with pictures and all. Doesn't look too hard. And a lot cheaper than buying them.
I live in Sweden and has passed menopaus, so cotton is not a choice of mine. I go for silk. In my country there is a shop/company called Siden Selma who sell really good stuff in that wonderful material. Cotton may work in other parts of the globe but not in a cold and damp climate like the one I live in. There is also another problem to be addressed – the use/waste of water growing the cotton, the organic sort. "Normal" cotton is even worse, as I'm sure you all know. Silk is more environment friendly since the silk worms don't accept anything but the best when growing. What's best for them is also best for our dear Earth and all our inhabitants.
Is there any plastic in SidenSelmas underpants? Yes, a string of elastic band to keep them from falling to your feet. I guess you could take that string out an replace it with a string of some other material if you want to…
Silk is strong. My underwear now are at least three years old and still as good as when I bought them!
Beth – if you heard back from Kori I'd love to hear what you found out!
sherip – I like the idea of making my own, but I'm not sure that making everything by hand makes sense for most people. I'm just saying that I wouldn't discount this company and others that make great things that we'd be able to make ourselves. I probably will try this, but I have a long list of projects and am nervous about how these will come out. I think it's easy to get overwhelmed when trying to avoid plastics/ waste, so it can be good to have easy solutions. Still, they are too expensive for me right now.
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