Friday, 27 December 2019

Reviewed: Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable 70 Denier Tights

Pretty Polly recently sent us several items from their new Eco-Wear range of tights, leggings and underwear.

For more background on the range, read our interview with Pretty Polly Product Manager Caroline Wright.

Our first review from the Eco-Wear range was focused on the Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Shorts.

We now turn our attention to the Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable 70 Denier Tights.


Pretty Polly have created a new design for the Eco-Wear range that uses recyclable and biodegradable packaging. There is no plastic used at all, and the look and feel of the packaging has an appropriate recycled look and feel.

The tights come in a simple card clasp designed for retail display.

Material and features

This is what Pretty Polly say about this Eco-Wear product:

"Pretty Polly introduces Eco-Wear, a sustainable range of hosiery, seamfree underwear and leggings made from the first biodegradable polyamide in the world. The yarn is also recyclable. Garments made with this innovative technology will decompose in approximately 3-5 years when properly disposed of in landfill, reducing their environmental impact."

"The new yarn has a beautiful softness and handle which gives the underwear a sense of luxury with balance and comfort combined. The garments are all individually designed for optimum comfort and fit, made to work with the body rather than against it, reinventing the way we think about underwear and movement."

The Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable 70 Denier Tights are made in Italy from a yarn made from 94% Polyamide and 6% Elastane.

Note that the Polyamide in the yarn is biodegradable, but the not the Elastane. Pretty Polly say they are currently working on that.

One off the key features of the Eco-Wear range is how they have been designed to have a soft handle. You notice that immediately: they are incredibly soft and smooth to touch, but also noticeably stretchy.

At 70 denier, the opaque coverage is almost total. Appearance is mainly matte, with a hint of shine.

These tights are sheer to waist, with no demarcation between the leg and the brief.

Seams are flat throughout. 

The brief, which has a cotton gusset, has a depth of 25cm from the top of the waistband to the crotch.

The waistband is 3cm wide, and on the inside there is a Pretty Polly Eco-Wear tag. That is an extra touch of quality.

Toes are rounded and with reinforcement.

Sizing, fit and wearing experience

The Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable 70 Denier Tights are are available in three sizes: SM, ML and XL.

We trialled them in an XL size.

Pretty Polly have got the sizing and sizing information just right. The XL were a perfect fit for my 5'10" height.

The tights have plenty of stretch, and once eased into place don't need re-stretching or adjusting.They stay in place well.

I found they had plenty of room in the leg and thigh, so that the yarn moulded naturally even in areas where it might become more stretched, such as the knee.

The brief stretched comfortably above the waist and hips, and was very comfortable indeed.

Overall the wearing experience was excellent. At 70 Denier these aren't thick, heavy tights. They provide just the right amount of insulation on cool days. They also feel great when worn. They are so soft and smooth that you will find your hands caressing and admiring how they feel!

Colour range

The Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable 70 Denier Tights are available Black only.

The tights shown on the left in this image are the Eco-Wear 70 Denier Tights. The tights on the right are the 40 Denier Eco-Wear Tights, which we will review next.

Price and availability

The Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable 70 Denier Tights are priced at £10.00.

You can purchase them directly from the Pretty Polly website.

Both styles of Eco-Wear tights are also now available at retailer Tights Tights Tights.


This Eco-Wear range really delivers on quality and comfort. Pretty Polly have put a lot into this collection and deserve praise not just for the products, but also for a genuine move towards making hosiery products more sustainable and environmentally-friendly.

We are well into the season for black opaque tights now, and the Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable 70 Denier Tights are as good an opaque you can get for the price.

For just £10.00 they really are a good purchase. If you hurry, you can also get 25% off everything at Pretty Polly in their Christmas sale. But be quick as this is only available until 28 December (use code "XMAS25").

Stay tuned for our review of the Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable 40 Denier Tights.

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