Here's the bitter truth.
When it comes to clothes, quality, affordability, and sustainability rarely stand close.
It's either: 1. ethical, high-quality, and steeply-priced
2. affordable yet made in a dubious way that probably trashes the planet and hurts the workers.
Well, it doesn't have to be that way. And some brands are living proof that fashion can be sustainable and fairly-priced.
One of these brands is Organic Basics.
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Created in Denmark by a group of eco-conscious friends, Organic Basics specializes in creating minimalist eco-friendly essentials for men and women: underwear, tops, activewear, and accessories.
To be completely honest, no fashion brand is perfect, but some are more perfect than others. Organic Basic definitely falls into the latter category.
"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."
So what makes Organic basics stand out from the fashion crowd?
Here are just a few things:
Disclaimer: I got the product from the manufacturer free of charge in exchange for my honest and candid review. Any opinions expressed in the post are my own.
While I don't have multiple T-shirts and jeans in my wardrobe, there's something else I "sin" with - underwear.
I'm not doing laundry very often, and I'm not too fond of handwashing. As a result, I've got quite a few pairs of underwear that get me through to the laundry day.
So, when good people from Organic Basics reached out to me and asked if I wanted to try out briefs and the triangle bra from their Organic Cotton collection, I was more than excited.
I got the parcel on February 14, and I've tested the undies from Organic Basics for two weeks now. Here's what I think about them.
You know how it happens. A company is ranting about sustainability and planting trees, but when the order arrives, it is plastic wrapped in plastic.
Luckily, that's not the case with Organic Basics.
My order arrived in a neat box made of FSC certified carton. Inside - two packages made of recycled materials.
The best part? You can re-use the boxes for storing small items (which is what I do now).
The triangle bra and 2-packs briefs are made from GOTS certified, handpicked organic cotton, and produced in the partner-factory in Izmir, Turkey.
My first impression of the fabric was that it’s soft, sturdy, and well-made (2 weeks after wearing the items, the good impression remains).
The items do contain 5% of elastane, which gives them a comfortable stretch. I believe it will also help them retain shape after a while.
Organic cotton undies are available in black and nude. I’m definitely a nude type.
Besides, the summer is coming, and nude is invisible under white T-shirts and dresses.
I really love the pinkish hue the color has. It pairs great with my pale skin contrary to a more traditional yellow nude that always gives me a sick look.
The triangle bra from Organic Basics re-introduced me to the world of bras.
The truth is that for the last 2 years, I didn't wear a bra at all (except for the sport ones). I've got a very small frame and non-existent cup size, so there was literally no need to wear anything.
But, at the beginning of February, I got some happy news - I found out that I'm pregnant. My body is currently rapidly changing. So now, I finally understand women who need extra support in the chest area.
The cups are really supportive despite their triangle shape, and I even have a little extra space on the sides – perfect since my breasts will continue growing with pregnancy.
As to the briefs, they have a great wide waistband, which can even give you a slight lower tummy control. A bit of elastane can create a pretty visible panty line, so check out the Invisible collection made of recycled nylon if that's something that troubles you.
I did yoga in this organic cotton set several times, and it was a pleasant experience.
That said if you're planning to sweat a lot, check out the SilverTech collection (available for both men and women). It stays fresh longer and doesn't require wash after every sweaty session (yay to saving water and energy).
I am in-between sizes XS and S for both the briefs and the bra, but I reckoned that organic cotton needs to have some give, so I sized down to XS.
I'm glad I did. Otherwise, the bra cups would definitely be too big.
Here's what I like most about the Organic Basics underwear:
I personally can't think of anything I'd improve about the undies I received, really.
But you might want to keep in mind that:
I definitely recommend Organic Basics to everyone who:
We truly need more brands like Organic Basics - the ones that are passionate about the Planet and people they work with. And more importantly, brands who are transparent about achievements and are not afraid to talk honestly about their flaws.
So next time you need to freshen up your wardrobe essentials, try Organic Basics.
Get 10% off your order with code YOGAKALIOB at checkout (valid until April 15).
Do you have any questions about the brand or its products? Let me know in the comments!