27 Dec '11, 11am

Corsets Can Be Eco and Ethical, Too

It takes a tough cloth to make an ethical corset. Or so says Rachel Reichert , one of the few designers to be spending her talents to bring sustainability closer to our hearts...and our other intimate parts. You wouldn't think tree-hugging and corset-wearing have much in common. But you would be so wrong. The lingerie industry is huge (more than $25 billion in annual sales), dominated by petroleum products, and drenched in Chinese manufacuting. It desperately needs both small and large suppliers to find new ways to pair fantasy creation with sustainable production. As in so many areas of eco-fashion, however, the first attempts to make undergarments "green" resulted in some fairly unsexy final products. More recently, that is changing. Reichert says her collection will be both glamorous, and ethical. She uses mostly organic or vintage base materials, and most of the trimmi...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-product-design/rach...

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