All right I confess I love to feel sexy, but hey who doesn’t? Its a great feeling. The esteem you get when you feel desirable is empowering. For those of you who believe that sexy things are only kosher when you are looking to impress the opposite sex I’ve got news for you, you’re wrong. I wear sexy things all the time and the only one who sees them, or even knows that I’m wearing them is me. Thigh-highs and garters, frilly panties, less-than-practical bras that do nothing for my figure but are just so darn pretty, you name it I’ve sported it. I do it because it makes me feel powerful, like I am in control and nobody can touch me. However my quest to be secretly sexy unfortunately has come at a price, not to me but to the environment.
Recently there has been a lot of talk surrounding the environmental impact of the fabrics we wear. I myself am currently conducting research on the textile industry, and the very un-green ways the fibres we wear are made. Like many Vancouverites I’d like to think that I live green. I turn the lights out when I leave a room, I buy organic products, I bag my groceries in reusable bags (if I don’t forget them at home that is), heck I have even embraced the phrase “if it’s yellow let it mellow” (needless to say often to the horror of my house guests). But the green bubble that I once resided in recently burst because I (again like many) may live green but I don’t wear “green” (well unless its St. Patrick’s day).
The clothes I wear on the outside to express myself and the garments I wear underneath them as empowerment may have a positive impact on the way I feel but unfortunately they have a very negative impact on the planet. Thankfully however there is good news. Lately eco-friendly clothing lines have begun to pop-up everywhere giving the eco-conscious consumer choice. This is of course great news if all you’re looking for is a pair of jeans and T-shirt, but what about me and my power underwear? How am I supposed to kill business presentations now without my secret weapon?
Enter bamboo underwear. These sexy little numbers allow you to feel “hot” (although not literally as they are both heat-regulating and breathable) and green at the same time. Like with all bamboo products, bamboo lingerie is 100% eco-friendly and luxuriously soft against your skin. It is also odor-free, which I’m sure we all can agree is never a bad thing (especially when we’re talking panties). But the list of benefits doesn’t end there as the garments are also naturally hypo-allergenic and non-irritating, which benefits those of us with sensitive skin.
As a fashion forward individual who cares for the planet it is often hard for me to find a happy medium between the clothes I love and living green. However thankfully that struggle is beginning to subside as more and more options for the the eco-conscious shopper emerge. With eco-fashion lines sprouting up everywhere like spring bulbs I am now able to wear what I love without remorse; and not just on the outside either. The long since overdue introduction of bamboo undergarments is both exciting and relieving. Now when I want to add a little spice to my life I can slip into something eco-sexy and feel doubly empowered.