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Rated: Good

price: $$$$

location: New Zealand

Nisa is a New Zealand based underwear label that employs women from refugee backgrounds.

Nisa sustainability rating


5 out of 5


5 out of 5


3 out of 5

Overall rating: Good

Our ratings are based on a scale from 1 (We avoid) to 5 (Great) How we rate

Our “Planet” rating evaluates brands based on the environmental policies in their supply chains, from carbon emissions and wastewater to business models and product circularity. Here we rate Nisa “Great”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • It uses a high proportion of lower-impact materials including organic cotton.
  • It uses low impact materials that help limit the chemicals, water, and wastewater in its supply chain.
  • To minimise waste, it limits its production runs.
  • To reduce its climate impacts, it uses renewable energy in its supply chain.
  • It avoids plastic packaging.

Workers’ rights are central to our “People” rating, which assess brands’ policies and practices on everything from child labour to living wages and gender equality. Here we rate Nisa “Great”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • It employs women from refugee backgrounds.
  • It traces most of its supply chain including all of the final production stage.
  • It ensures workers in the final production stage are paid a living wage.
  • It audits some of its supply chain incluidng all of the final stage of production.

Brands’ animal welfare policies and, where applicable, how well they trace their animal-derived products are the focus of our “Animals” rating. Here we rate Nisa “It's a Start”. These are a few factors influencing its score:

  • There’s no evidence it has an animal welfare policy.
  • It appears to use wool.
  • It doesn’t appear to use leather, down, fur, angora, exotic animal skin, or exotic animal hair.

Based on all publicly available information we’ve reviewed, we rate Nisa “Good” overall.

Last updated December 2023