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Sustainability & Transparency

LEONESSA Lingerie stands for people and the planet. We’re an ethical brand with fairness and sustainability at our heart. We source our fabrics from within Europe and our garments are produced in Portugal under fair working conditions. This not only guarantees high standards throughout our production chain, but also keeps our carbon footprint down. Thanks to our principles, LEONESSA Lingerie makes you feel as good as you look!


Where the Lingerie Magic Happens

Porto, Portugal, is where skilled lingerie-makers bring our designs to life. Our manufacturer specializes in producing luxury lingerie and has worked with renowned high-end brands. We visit the facility regularly, to maintain a close working relationship and to ensure our core values and quality standards are being upheld. 


Where Swimwear Dreams are Made
To produce our swimwear, we’ve partnered with a trusted manufacturer in Guimarães, Portugal. Sustainable swimwear production is their specialty; almost 100% of the energy required for production comes from solar panels installed at their facility. By choosing a LEONESSA bathing suit, you’re helping to protect the very ocean you’re swimming in!


The Origin Of Our Materials
We actively work to minimize our environmental impact. We know that garment production generates pollution; we believe that fast fashion is wasteful. To combat this, we source our fabrics from within Europe – mainly Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Greece, and the UK. This significantly cuts our fabrics’ journey from supplier to manufacturer to warehouse, thus reducing the amount of pollution we generate. It also ensures our fabrics are of the highest quality, so your garments don’t wind up in landfill after just a few wears.


Our  Lingerie Fabrics
Though the lace-making industry has been slow to adopt sustainable practices, LEONESSA is driving change. The very few recycled lace options currently available on the market require a high minimum fabric order amount which we are unable to meet with our limited garment runs. Instead, we decided to o
ften work with stock fabrics that have been produced already but remain unused. We are giving them a new life by making luxurious lingerie out of them. Most of our laces are therefore made of PA and elastane. The exact fabric compositions are on each product page. As for our luxurious garment accents, they’re kind to your skin and the planet. Our branded gold-plated rings are made of Zamak, a metal that’s hypoallergenic (meaning it prevents allergy reactions) and 100% recyclable! 



Meet Our Swimwear Materials
In 2021, we introduced our swimwear line. The collection is new but the eco ethics behind it are long-established. All our swimwear is made of ECONYL® yarn, which is composed of nylon waste that’s been recycled back to its original purity. Not only will your LEONESSA swimwear flatter and feel good, but it will also protect the seas from harmful waste. Just like our lingerie, our swimwear pieces are beautifully and thoughtfully accented. We add natural wood rings and use hypoallergenic, recyclable, 24K-gold-plated Zamak.



Reduce, Reuse, Pack & Ship!
The phenomenal amount of packaging needed for manufacturing, retailing, and shipping has a devastating effect on our planet. We want to change this, so we’ve put our LEONESSA roar to good use! We demand that our manufacturers send individual items packaging-free. 
By shunning the careless industry practice of packing and storing each individual garment in its own disposable plastic bag, we’ve drastically reduced the waste our brand generates.


Of course, you want your garments to arrive in perfect condition – but even this can be done sustainably. We use recycled cardboard shipping boxes and notecards. Instead of plastic tape, we choose paper tape with natural rubber adhesive. And we use biodegradable paper stickers with natural adhesive too.