Pole, Aerial and the Environment: Our Ethical Responsibility in the Industry

If you aren’t already aware, I care deeply about environmental issues. However, when it comes to pole, aerial and the environment, I often wonder if there is more we could be doing. As the industry is still somewhat new to many of us, it could be easy to view our passion as something that doesn’t have much impact on the planet. However, I still think it’s important to make sure it doesn’t snowball into an environmental issue. While there are a few areas to discuss, this article will focus on pole wear.

Disclaimer: I understand that not many pole brands are size-inclusive. I’m not here to judge anyone who cannot shop at certain stores due to their lack of diversity. The sole focus here is sustainability.

Why should we take eco-responsibility?

I can’t speak for everyone, but I personally don’t see enough that connects sustainability and the pole/aerial industry. There are so many independent brands out there, which is great as there isn’t really such thing as “fast fashion” in the industry. But when looking at the top brands, I couldn’t find a lot of information regarding sustainability.

I’m not claiming anything against any brand, of course. I understand that sometimes you need to be somewhat secure in your business before moving onto eco-friendlier options, as these can cost more. I obviously urge all brands to make changes where possible, but this article is more about what we can do as consumers.

So, what can we do to be more sustainable in the pole/aerial industry?

There are numerous ways in which you can care for the environment without compromising your passion for pole or aerial.

Shop second hand

This is likely the cheapest way in which you can create an aerialist wardrobe while saving the planet. The only downside to this method is that it could be a waiting game before you find something that is both to your taste and in your size. I like to put some money aside in a savings pot until I find an absolute gem. However, as many of us like to shop swimwear and lingerie for our pole wardrobe, you could find some wonderful deals for as little as £5!

I bought this Polehog two piece via a Facebook selling group for only £30!

Tip: When shopping swimwear, be sure to consider how the top will protect against nip slips!

Research is essential

Ethically sourcing your pole/aerial wardrobe doesn’t always mean you can’t shop new. However, it’s important to know where your product is coming from. Numerous brands have some sort of sustainability ethos, whether it be organic/recycled materials or fair trade. If you cannot find information regarding sustainability, or the information you do find is too vague, they may be a brand you should wish to avoid.

Don’t shop ’til you drop

It’s exciting when you start to build your pole/aerial wardrobe, I get it! But it’s sooooooo easy to start treating it like fast fashion, especially if you’re in a fortunate financial position to do so. I have been guilty in the past of buying more sets than I would actually wear, only to find that I don’t care for half of them. I now make sure that I only buy outfits that I know I will truly cherish. This usually means paying a higher price but shopping far less often.

Sustainable brands and collections

If you’re not sure who do definitely shop with, I have done some digging to help get you started. Please note that each brand has a different approach to sustainability, so some may do more than others. Most of these brands I had never even heard of, but I’ll be sure to put them at the top of my list next time I shop new!

Posto9

This brand does everything in their power to ensure not a single scrap of material goes to waste. Not only can you grab yourself a cute pole set, but you can even order matching scrunchies made from the leftover material! On top of this, they have a preloved programme, allowing customers to rehome their old purchases.

Lunalae

Lunalae uses recycled material to create glamorous pole wear and lingerie. I definitely suggest this brand if you prefer the boudoir look!

Leva Wear

Handmade in Germany, Leva Wear is a vegan clothing brand that uses organic cotton. Their items are designed with comfort and body positivity in mind. While the designs are simple, they are flattering for all body types and would be perfect for training!

Rad Polewear

The sustainable range from Rad Polewear is made using mostly recycled polyester, with added elastane for stretch. I really enjoy the bright colours available with this range and I would say the prices are quite good for sustainable materials!

Fanna Polewear

Fanna Polewear creates ethical polewear using ECONYL®, a material made from waste such as fishing nets and other nylon products. They also aim to waste as little material as possible when it comes to manufacturing. On top of this, they work with different charities throughout the year, donating some of their profits!

Tasty Treat

Tasty Treat aims to fight the pressures of fast fashion by focusing on evergreen designs as opposed to seasonal. What’s more, these clothes are designed with durability in mind. This means you should expect to get more wear for your money.

Update! Tasty Treat actually reached out to inform me that their items are made from recycled PET fabric, which is made from plastic bottles. Additionally, all items are made to order to avoid wasted inventory!

Pixie Hues

If you love the 80’s blend of bright pastels and neons, then I highly recommend Pixie Hues! Made from recycled Nylon, this brand will add the perfect pop of colour to your pole/aerial wardrobe!

What steps do you take to care for the environment in the pole/aerial industry?

I could honestly go on and on about the many things we could do when it comes to Pole, Aerial and the Environment. But for now, I’ll stop with our wardrobes!

Do you know any brands with a sustainability process I may have missed? Or perhaps you have some tips to help others do their bit that I may not have mentioned? Let me know in the comments!

A Gripping Performance from Superfly Honey!

It’s been a while since I shared anything, but I am very excited to be back with this article! This is my first gifted item that is pole related and oh boyyyyy is it a good one! I have teamed up with Superfly Honey to check out their sticky leggings, and I’ll tell you now, I have nothing but nice things to say! So, let’s cut the chit chat and jump straight into everything you must know about these bad boys…

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Pole, Aerial and Beyond: Online Docs and Dramas to binge-watch

There is a lot of time to be spent binge-watching your favourite shows at the moment. I don’t know about you, but I have been curating lists on as many streaming platforms as possible to keep my mind entertained each day. And as I was scrolling through the free content available on All4 the other day, I found a few documentaries that were quite specific to the pole, aerial, and general “alternative” female lifestyles (I really don’t know how to describe such a broad term). So, I decided to hunt down as many as I can.

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How to Self-Isolate (Without going Bat sh*t Crazy!)

Okay, I get it. The idea of self-isolation SUCKS! I’m writing this on Paddy’s day when I’m supposed to be out painting the town green with my gal pals, but it seems Covid 19 has other plans. And hey, I completely understand that this is for our own safety! But the idea of hiding from the rest of the world certainly feels like a bit of a drag. This is why I’m here to help you make the most of your time indoors with my “How to self-isolate” guide!

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Time to catch up!

After the success of my last article, I have found myself struggling to find things to say. It’s not because of anything negative, but because so many of you read it that I think I’m feeling the pressure to top it! I don’t think I will find anything worth writing about until I just start, so I guess that’s what I’m doing now.

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Instagram Shadow Banning and Stripper Con Artists: How Mainstream Media is Painting us with the same Brush

Disclaimer: This post has been written in a bit of a flurry so I apologise in advance is anything I say is inaccurate or offends someone in some way. It’s hard to articulate when you’re a bit rattled!

If you’re an aerialist, stripper or a woman who whos a little bit of skin from time to time, you will likely be quite aware of the recent Instagram crackdown that’s occurring. We can all agree it’s quite annoying, but the issue lies much deeper than a few hashtags.

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How to Choose your First X-Pole for home Training

Hooray! You have finally made the decision to purchase your first X-pole for home training! It’s such an exciting feeling when you know you can finally train in the comfort of your own home, whenever you have the time. After all, sometimes life can get in the way of your studio time. I know I’m guilty of having to skip class because of adult reasons X, Y and Z!

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