Justice Bras

A few weeks ago, I happened to surf by Julie Clawson's blog, "One Hand Clapping..." Under her category, "Writings," I found an article I needed to read: Her search for a justice bra, parts 1 and 2, originally published on the God's Politics blog.

Her basic point was to find bras, for a reasonable price, that were made of organic materials by people who were paid a living wage. Hey, me too!

So I went to the links she recommended, and I looked at the photos online. But I wondered, would those work for a post-nursing mother? I mean, the models all look like they don't really NEED a bra anyway. But Julie's a mother, she'll know what I mean, and she's tried them out. I could ask her which style she recommends. So I did.

She agreed with me that the ones from Rawganique were comfortable, but not very supportive. She recommended another site, EcolandInc.com, for underwire bras.

I went to the site, looked at the various models, and ended up ordering two, plus various other undergarments for myself and my husband. The key was to look at the size guide, because their sizes ran smaller than some other companies.

They arrived last week, and I'm very pleased. If you're in the market for organic cotton underwear in a fairly narrow range of sizes, I recommend them to you.

P.S. Warning that the comments on the original Justice Bra posts are occasionally offensive.

P.P.S. Julie is also the editor of the Emerging Women site.

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Blogger Elaine said...

Oh, huzzah!! I've been looking for just this! Thanks for echoing the information.

9/01/2008 1:09 AM  
Blogger anj said...

Thanks or posting this; I too have been looking, have tried different type yoga organic cotton fair trade bras (geez when did life get so complicated to get simple?), but have never found ones with ahem support that I need as a post nursing mom too. And this was timely, as i am definitely due.

9/01/2008 8:57 AM  
Blogger naturalmom said...

For those who are not yet "post" nursing, the Jane's Top by Blue Canoe (which they have at the Rawganique site, I see) is a great organic nursing bra. It's not strictly a nursing bra, so you can keep wearing it after weaning. Thanks for the links to the Ecoland bras -- they look nice. I only wish there were such a thing as *cheap* eco-friendly bras and undies. I hate spending money (especially money I don't have) on undergarments.


9/01/2008 12:53 PM  
Blogger Robin M. said...

Glad to help !

As far as cost, one of the things about buying fair trade is that you are paying for the workers to get paid. Still, I think that $22 for a bra is pretty reasonable.

In any case, better shopping falls under the heading of seeking a sustainable life, rather than just a simple one.

9/01/2008 1:36 PM  
Blogger naturalmom said...

Yeah, the fair wage is important, and $22 is not high for any kind of bra, you are right. I wasn't disputing that. It's just that when the budget is tight, I hate to spend the money on my underwear, kwim? This would be why I wear my bras to shreds, lol.

It helps if they last for a long time, and I wish that were easier to judge when you buy something. My Jane's Top bras have been great in this regard, one of which is 6 years old and still holding up. (With one minor repair a year or so ago.) Also, I buy Hanna Andersson undies for my children, which *seem* ridiculously expensive, but are wearable literally for years, even as they grow. (My dd wore the H.A. undies she got at age 3 until she was nearly 7. My ds is only now, at age 6, starting to complain that his 3-year-old undies are getting too tight.) Given the low replacement frequency, they aren't really much more pricey than more cheaply made children's underwear. If they only made women's undergarments...


9/02/2008 12:21 AM  
Blogger Robin M. said...

Stephanie, it's funny, when I've mentioned to a couple of friends that with the prospect of more income in the next month, I have some shopping to do, they immediately think of underwear... I suspect we all put that off when money is tight. I know I have.

9/02/2008 11:30 AM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Yeahhhhhhhhhh, none of this comes in my size (or comes even close to my size).

But I do buy clothing made in the US with organic cotton and other organic materials (or recycled materials) that are made by fair wage people.

And they're fun.

They come in all sorts of sizes. As I'm losing weight, I'm finding that the clothing still looks good on me for the most part. They're designed to do so, I think.

9/02/2008 12:24 PM  
Blogger ef said...

Hey All, I've gotten my bras from decent exposures


for years now.

They're much more basic that "regular" bras, and also, I find, much more comfortable.

They also make them to order, so you can send it back and ask them to shorten the straps or whatever until you get it just right, and they keep your info on file.

it's a woman owned company in seattle. They have organic options, though lots of their fabric isn't, but I feel all aroudn good about them, and even though they're a bit more pricey, you get a discount if you order 3 at a time of a size you've already figured out (so they know you won't need adjustments) and they last well, feel good, and come in fun colors.



9/02/2008 4:49 PM  
Blogger ef said...

PS- I wear a 36F and it works well for me, so if you don't fit into the 32-36 a-d category, decent exposures is an especially good option!

9/02/2008 4:54 PM  
Blogger Robin M. said...

Thanks Jeanne and Pam for adding to the resource list!

9/04/2008 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Maya Sulton said...

Your mileage does vary on what kind of bras you are going to use. But in the matter of comfort; when buying underwire bras, perfect fit is really the must or else, the wires are going to dig on to your breasts... which really hurts. That is why I buy and wear Marie Jo bras, due to personal preference and comfort it gives me for a long time.

Giving me the combination of comfort and sexiness Marie Jo lingerie really hits the spot! One more thing, we must keep ourselves updated on our breast size, to keep the optimal comfort of your bust.

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