At Underprotection we only use materials that are classified or certified sustainable. The majority of the natural materials that we use are Tencel™ Lyocell, responsible wool and organic cotton. When we use natural materials, we select qualities that are as close to 100% as possible and therefore not qualities where several different materials are included, this to make the product easier to recycle at the end of the cycle. The synthetic materials we use all come from recycled sources, be it polyester, nylon or elastane. All our synthetic materials are GRS-certified and Oeko-Tex-certified. The GRS certification guarantees that the part of the material marked as recycled is actually recycled, while the Oeko-Tex certification ensures that the material is produced without chemicals and does not contain substances that are harmful to health and the environment.
Lyocell is a form of rayon/viscose material which is made from cellulose fibers from sustainably grown wood. The wood itself is dissolved in a closed drum which decomposes the wood into fibers, this is done without the use of water and with 99% recycling of the chemicals. The fibers can then be spun and used for fabric. Tencel ™ Lyocell may only be called Tencel ™ if it comes from Lenzing, which is the company that developed this patented drum.
Lyocell is therefore classified as one of the most sustainable materials available and is extremely suitable for products you have close to your skin such as lingerie and loungewear as it is both enormously soft and breathable.
The reason why recycled polyester is considered as a green option in textiles is because it is using less energy and various studies all agree that it takes from 33% to 53% less energy compared to what’s needed to produce virgin polyester. Besides that, it helps keeping bottles and other plastics out of the landfills and oceans, since that is what the recycled polyester is made from. It is also cited as producing far fewer emissions to the air than the production of virgin polyester.
The Recycled polyester we use has the GRS and Oeko-Tex certification.
The Q-NOVA recycled nylon is made from at least 99% regenerated raw materials that would otherwise have been wasted in the textile manufacturing industry. The fiber is made using a mechanical regeneration system, which does not involve using chemical solutions that would detract from the sustainability of the end product. The recycled nylon makes incredibly strong lace and mesh fabrics that are perfect for beautiful underwear designs.
Most of our recycled nylon fabrics hold the GRS certification due to a very high content of regenerated material.
The banana fabric is made from banana leaf, and is a sustainable fabric. The banana plants rarely require fertilizers or pesticides and are therefore very eco-friendly to grow. The fibers are primarily waste elements of the farmers’ leftover stalks from banana plants and are processed into fibers after the fruits have been harvested for food. The banana fibers can be used for very fine and light fabrics, perfect for loungewear.
The banana fabric we use is certified 100% natural by the Union of Natural Fibers and Oeko-Tex certified.
The Roica Eco-Smart yarn, used to make our Italian lace fabrics comfortably stretchable, is a GRS certified eco-stretch elastane. It is made through a recycling technology using more than 50 percent pre-consumer industrial waste in textile manufacture. The stretchy yarn plays a special ingredient role in terms of Circular Economy product development, helping to create modern underwear that is smart, responsibly made and designed for everyday life and wear.
Milk fiber textile is made from sour milk from the dairy industry. The protein is extracted from the milk and made into a delicate and shiny fiber that can be spun and used for fabric. The fabric is extremely soft and has qualities comparable to those of silk. Because of the bacteriostatic nature of milk fiber, it is being considered as a perfect material for the manufacturing of underwear. Due to the fact that the material is a byproduct and demands almost no chemicals in production, it is regarded as a sustainable fabric.
Our milk fiber fabric is Oeko-Tex certified.
A production process without the use of pesticides and synthetic growth regulators or genetically modified seeds characterizes organic cotton. Various certification organizations verify that organic suppliers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. A natural rotation of crops is often practiced in the fields as well – this way a more fertile soil is retained that gives higher yields and resistant plants.
Our organic cotton is GOTS certified.
We prefer to reuse rather than produce. Recycled wool saves raw materials and brings new life to old garments. Our recycled wool is made from fabric that has been torn, re-spun and woven or knitted into new fabric. The process demands less energy and less landfill required for grazing sheep. It also creates less fabric waste. Recycled wool is extremely comfortable and durable, and as virgin wool, it has the ability to regulate body temperature very well.
Our recycled wool is Oeko-Tex certified and produced in Europe.
We do use a bit of new wool in some of our knit products, and it is very important for us that this new wool is ethically obtained. The yarn we use is chlorine-free merino wool, and the production of the wool is 100% mulesing free. This means regular cleaning and trimming of the sheep instead of using mulesing methods, making sure that the sheep are healthy and happy. It is produced in Europe, and is very soft and breathable and easy-care.
Our wool is Oeko-Tex certified and produced in Europe.