Life without Plastic

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Plastic-free Undergarments

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There is plastic in me, there is plastic in me, just remember what I said, the elastic is the plastic in me!

Yes, it's true, undergarments have plastic in them. It's not talked about much, but the elastic is plastic. So, at the end of its life, your undergarments will leave you with a real problem to dispose of in the trash. For me, this just won't work. Kids stretch out elastic too soon and too often from a zero-waste prospective.

For the longest time I have been looking for plastic-free undergarments and couldn't find them anywhere. Nobody seemed to sell organic, plastic-free, all-natural bras, underwear or socks. Since I have four people in my family, I felt doomed to sew or knit undergarments for everyone to avoid plastic. That task seemed overwhelming.

Besides sewing them myself, my other option would be to pay for someone else to do it for me, which seems overly expensive for undergarments. So what else is there?

Are there any companies who sell bras, underwear, and socks without elastic? It turns out there is a company that makes elastic free undergarments for adults. Not only elastic-free, but also sweatshop free, organic and all-natural.

I've personally been needing some new socks and bras as my current pairs of socks develop new holes about every other wear after darning them (most pairs are at about 1/3 darned to undarned), and my bras are several years old and starting to wear out, so I'm ordering some from Rawganique's elastic-free products. The only problem is that they don't offer any kids' underwear elastic-free, so I still have plenty of projects to keep me busy.

Once I receive my shipment, I'll need to figure out what do with my old socks and bras. Well....for the bras I can recycle them for several worthy causes.

As for the socks.... I'll probably keep darning them, but I'll have some to wear while they're in progress, instead of wearing holey socks. I could also use them for sock puppets and other art projects.

Here's to plastic-free undergarments!

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