Our objective

Sustainability

Our goal is simple: to create underwear that contains a maximum of fibres that are recycled and/or biodegradable in landfill in less than 5 years.

Sources such as The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The Ellen Macarthur Foundation estimate that of 100 billion garments produced each year, 92 million tonnes end up in landfill, which is the equivalent of a rubbish truck full of clothes every second. The growth of fast fashion means that the average piece of clothing is worn just 7 to 10 times before it is thrown away, and 60 to 70% of all clothing today is made from synthetic fibres such as nylon, acrylic and polyester.

 

Given that these fibres take anywhere from 50 to more than 200 years to decompose - leaving behind polluting microplastics - in a not too distant future we will eventually run out of space.

 

One solution would be to stop buying and throwing away so many clothes. However, consumers have become so accustomed to updating their wardrobes with the seasons that a widespread effort in this regard is unrealistic. The other option, then, is to produce clothes with natural fibres, recycled fibres to reuse materials instead of sending them to landfill, or synthetic fibres with a much shorter and less harmful decomposition time: materials that biodegrade into organic matter and disappear from the planet in under 5 years.

Achieving this goal, however, is not. Fabrics generally used in the production of lingerie - such as lace and tulle - are often made from the synthetic fibre nylon, and a key characteristic of lingerie is its elasticity, provided by another synthetic fibre, elastane. Although more and more fabrics are being produced with recycled or biodegradable fibres, these are almost always combined with non-recycled or non-biodegradable synthetic fibres in the manufacturing process. Luciela is a small brand, without the means to finance the development of new eco-friendly fabrics, which means that right now we can only use what is already available. And although innovations in the textile industry are gaining ground, we are still far from reaching this goal.

There are some synthetic fibres that have been developed with the same properties as nylon or elastane, but with a much more accelerated landfill biodegradation process: decomposition into organic matter in less than 5 years, leaving behind no harmful substances. These fibres are already found in our garments, but most of the time they only represent a percentage of the total fabric composition as they are still combined with regular nylon or elastane. However, with the ever-growing focus on eco-fashion we expect and hope to see further advances in this area and a growing number of fabrics made entirely from biodegradable fibres. See the Materials  section for more information.

We are continually searching for natural and/or biodegradable alternatives to traditional synthetic fibres and always trying to improve the sustainability of our products. We welcome any advice or suggestions on ecological innovations in the textile sector, so if you have something to share with us please write to us at hello@luciela.eu. We'd love to hear from you.

Sourcing

Since the birth of the brand it has always been our intention to create lingerie with the utmost care and consideration for the planet. We quickly discovered that obtaining materials made entirely from biodegradable or recycled fibres - and suitable for lingerie - is not an easy task, due to the reasons explained in the previous section, Our objective.

With that in mind, we set out to identify European suppliers who are investing in textile innovation and developing revolutionary materials in the sector.

100%

Every component of our garments - from the yarn to fabrics, elastics and accessories - has been carefully studied and selected for its biodegradable or recycled content.

All our materials are manufactured in Europe.

Whenever you see this symbol, it means that the material or component is 100% recycled.

Whenever you see this symbol, it means that the material or component is 100% biodegradable.

>50%

All but two of our materials contain 50% or more recycled or biodegradable fibres.

Some of our articles contain the world's first biodegradable elastane with Cradle-to-Cradle certification, which biodegrades in CO2 and water without releasing harmful substances.

We also use the first fully biodegradable polyamide yarn that, once in landfill, decomposes completely into organic matter (biomass) and biogas, leaving no harmful substances behind.

1st

We were the first brand to invest in a new elastic edging made in Spain with totally biodegradable polyamide.

OEKO-TEX

All the materials we use in our garments are OEKO-TEX 100 certified.

All of our designs are digitally printed, which consumes much less water than dyeing.

Every element of our packaging without exception is natural and biodegradable, and most of it is recycled, recyclable and/or comes from FSC-certified materials.

The composition of each article can be found on the individual product page. See the Materials section for a complete breakdown of the origin and composition of our materials for both products and packaging, the result of more than two years of research.

End to end

It is not enough to focus on the sustainability of just our products, we need to address all stages of the supply chain. At Luciela we are not perfect, but we do everything we can to minimise the environmental footprint of our brand, from material sourcing, through manufacturing and packaging to transportation.

Sustainability cannot be addressed in a vacuum.

Sustainability cannot be addressed
SOURCING

All our materials are manufactured and acquired in Europe to reduce carbon emissions from transportation. Read the Materials section for more information.

MATERIALS
All of our materials contain recycled and/or biodegradable fibres, and we are working to increase this proportion.
MANUFACTURING
All our prototypes are created in a small, women-run workshop in Madrid, and the production of our collections takes place in Spain and Portugal.
WEB HOSTING
Our website is powered by renewable energy.
DONATIONS
For every order a donation of €1 is made to Canopy, an organisation that works to protect the world's ancient and endangered forests.
PACKAGING
Our articles are shipped in recycled, recyclable and compostable packaging...
LOGISTICS
...and are delivered by DHL, the first logistics company to commit to a zero emissions target by 2050, with 86% of its electricity coming from renewable sources in 2022. However, we are exploring alternative green options for in-city deliveries.

Canopy

Today it is very common for e-commerce companies to partner with tree planting initiatives, with the promise to plant a tree for every purchase made on their website. However, it is important to understand that not all trees are planted equally, and that a distinction must be made between reforestation and forest restoration.

 

While these organisations surely have good intentions, they often focus on reforestation initiatives that, poorly studied and poorly executed, can do more harm than good; the creation of mono-forests or forests where there should be none - such as in savannahs - further erodes biodiversity and can have a devastating impact on wildlife. Forest restoration, on the other hand, refers to efforts to conserve or return a forest region to its historic, natural state. (You can read an excellent article on the pros and cons of tree planting initiatives at EcoEnclose.com.)

With the above in mind, we have decided not to join the tree planting brigade, but to make a donation of €1 per order to Canopy, an environmental not-for-profit organisation that works to protect the world's ancient and endangered forests. Man-made cellulosic fibres such as viscose, rayon, modal and lyocell (Tencel) are fully biodegradable but are derived from wood pulp, for which more than 200 million trees are cut down each year. The CanopyStyle initiative partners with fashion industry leaders to drive the development of next-generation fabrics and packaging solutions made from recycled textile waste, agricultural residues and other non-wood resources with innovative circular and regenerative technologies.

Find out more at
https://canopyplanet.org/

Sustainability