Our Favorite Sustainable Bras and Bralettes for Under $50

Sophie Hirsh - Author

Oct. 12 2023, Updated 2:29 p.m. ET

Five women in a field of flowers wearing lingerie
Source: Parade

Whether you prefer to wear bras, bralettes, or sports bras, bra shopping is probably not your favorite activity in the world — especially if finding affordable, sustainable bras is just as important to you as finding bras that fit well. For most clothes, shopping secondhand is a great hack for saving money and reducing your closet’s impact; however, when it comes to bras, most shoppers would probably prefer to buy something new.

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Fortunately, as more fashion brands dip their toes into the world of using sustainable materials, ethical manufacturing, and low-impact shipping, more affordable options emerge. Here’s a look at eight brands making affordable, sustainable bras, bralettes, and more — all of which offer bras under $50 (some are just $11!), and few of which offer inclusive sizing and a wide range of “nude” tones, too.

It's important to note that these brands may not check off every single box on your list for a fully sustainable, ethical purchase. Every new fashion item has some sort of impact — but these brands all check off a lot of boxes while maintaining decent prices.


Parade model wearing yellow bralette
Source: Parade

Parade’s bras and bralettes come in a variety of styles of shapes, in sizes ranging from XS to 3X, as well as 32 to 46, and cups A through G. Prices range from around $30 to $55 per bralette, and the company often has sales.

Parade’s factory is in China, and is certified by both Oeko-Tex's Standard 100 and Sedex, which the brand says means its products contain “no harmful chemicals” and are “produced at the highest ethical standards.”

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Parade makes its stretchy, silky, soft bralettes (and underwear) primarily out of recycled nylon, and most of the company's shipping materials are recyclable or compostable. The company also donates 1 percent of revenue to charities including Planned Parenthood. This is all part of Parade’s goal of achieving “Carbon Positivity” by 2025.

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Three models in Kindly bras and underwear
Source: Kindly

In July 2021, Gelmart launched Kindly, a plant-based bra and underwear line. The brand claims to make the first-ever sugarcane-based bra cup (to be precise, the cups are 80 percent plant-based, and made from a blend of sugarcane, recycled nylon, spandex, and elastic). Kindly is offering a bra, wirefree bra, and bralette, in sizes 34A through 40DD, as well S through XXXL, in a variety of colors and patterns.

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Kindly’s mission is “to make sustainability accessible to everyone” — and for that reason, the brand is sold exclusively at Walmart, with bralettes starting at around $11 each. The products are made in China, and Kindly provides little transparency on the factory, which is unfortunately a common trade-off for an affordable piece of clothing — but we love that the line is introducing a more eco-friendly option to Walmart's customers.

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Naja is a women-owned, Latinx-owned, vegan, and sustainability-minded intimates brand that often uses recycled and upcycled fabrics, digital printing, and other techniques to keep things low impact. The brand’s bralettes and bras come in many styles (including varying “nude” tones, funky patterns, and delicate lace options), and start at around $53.

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In addition to using fairly eco-friendly manufacturing techniques and fabrics, Naja’s clothing is made by garment workers who are single mothers and women heads of household, who are all paid with fair wages and benefits, and given flexibility and resources to help their children succeed at school.

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Subset, formerly Knickey

Three models in Subset goods
Source: Subset

Popular underwear brand Knickey rebranded as Subset in 2023. The company's bralette collection features four styles. Each bralette is made from organic cotton and priced between $48 and $62. They are available in several solid colors, and range in size from XS to 2XL, with options to add more cup room.

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Subset is third-party certified by GOTS, Fair Trade, and Oeko-Tex, and the company provides information on its India-based factories on its website. Plus, Subset has its own recycling program that accepts customers' old bras, underwear, tights or socks (from any brand) via mail.

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Majamas Earth

Majamas Earth manufactures all of its clothing in the U.S., using materials like organic cotton, recycled polyester, modal, and deadstock fabric. Majamas makes its bras and bralettes in a wide variety of funky patterns, but sizes only range from S to XXL; the company also makes nursing-friendly bras for people who are breastfeeding. Bras start at around $37, with some patterns on sale for $29.95 at time of publication.

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Pact’s bralettes are made of 95 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton in a Fair Trade Certified factory, and they come in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns. Sizes only range from XS to XXL, and prices start at $25. Pact makes a variety of other items out of organic cotton, ranging from bedding to dresses to baby clothes.

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Boody’s bamboo bralettes, padded bralettes, and sports bras are designed to get softer with each wash, they’re supposed to last for years and years, and they are pretty affordable — prices start at $19.95, but you’ll save a few dollars if you opt for a two-pack. Sizes only go up to XL, but Boody offers a wide range of skin tones as well as a few funkier colors.

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Boody makes its bralettes (and other products, which include bodysuits, baby clothes, and men’s activewear) out of organic bamboo viscose; all the bamboo is grown in FSC-certified forests, certified by Oeko-Tex’s Standard 100, certified by Ecocert, and PETA-approved vegan. The brand uses bamboo because it is one of the fastest-growing crops in the world — in fact, bamboo can grow as much as three feet in a day.

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Azura Bay

For more variety, we recommend checking out Azura Bay — an online marketplace that exclusively sells sustainable intimates, including bras, bralettes, and undies. You can filter the site to only show you specific styles or values, such as only vegan, organic, or curvy options.

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Bralettes listed on Azura Bay start at $27 as of publication. Various sustainable bra brands available on Azura Bay include Cosabella, Groceries Apparel, the Nude Label, and Underprotection.

This article, originally published on Aug. 17, 2021, has been updated.

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