My minimalist method for conscious consumption:
1) Don’t get it. You probably don’t need it
2) Find it second-hand: hand-me-down, consignment, thrift
3) Buy new only if organic/fair trade/ethical
Conscious consumption means consuming less and consuming thoughtfully. So when it comes to getting things you need that are tough to find second-hand, I try to find them organic. In the case of bras, this required research.
I want a bandeau-style bra with straps that I can layer under low-cut shirts and use every day. My Victoria’s Secret underwires (from the pre-minimalism days) get uncomfortable after a long day, and I’ve heard iffy things about underwire.
A lot of Googling later, I found some options (thanks, Green America!):
Beckon’s reversible sports bra in white and two-color combinations, organic cotton and spandex, made in Colorado. $36
Nature Wear Organics bralette is discontinued and only a few colors remain. Organic cotton and lycra and made in the USA. Has side darts that may make lines. $28
Gaiam bra top in many colors, made of recycled polyester and spandex and made in China. $24.99
Gaiam organic cotton bra top is made in the USA with a criss-cross back. Gathered front may make lines. $29
Faeries Dance soy cami bra made from conventional soy beans, organic cotton and spandex. Recommended for sizes A-C and made in a sweat-shop free Chinese factory. $29
Eco Choice viscose bamboo bra for sizes A-D and made in the USA. V neckline with lace and gathers. $42
B Green Apparel Julia bralette made from organic cotton and spandex and made in the USA in several neutral colors. $24 (see my experience with this bra here!)
Circle Creations cami bra made from hemp, organic cotton and spandex with a gathered front that may make lines. $36
Majamas organic buxom bra is organic cotton and spandex and made in the USA. Gathered in the front. $33
Rawganic Jessica bra made of organic cotton and lycra and doesn’t appear to have an elastic band at the bottom. Made in the USA $34
Blue Canoe yoga bra made of organic cotton in four colors. Side darts may make lines. $39.95
Blue Canoe sheer bralette made of organic cotton and spandex. Lower neckline and recommended for sizes A-B. $39.95
Most bras come in sizes S-L. I wear a large cup-size but have small ribs, so I guess I’m a medium? I haven’t decided which to buy yet, and I will keep you posted….
Update: You can read about the bra I bought here!