Ethically Made Underwear | 10 Sustainable Brands
Along with everyday sustainable basics, underwear is a great place to start cultivating your ethical and sustainable closet. If there is one place in your wardrobe to invest in some quality pieces, it is your intimates drawer. “Why,” you ask? Well, let me tell you.
Just like all of my other clothing, I used to treat my underwear drawer as disposable fast fashion pieces. A reason to go to the mall and splurge more money on another 5 for $60 deal that lasted me a couple of washes and then would tear, shrink, or morph into an unrecognizable ball of frills. You know what I’m talking about – that cute thong you bought with the polka dots that came out of the dryer stuck to your socks and no longers looks cute, stylish, or comfortable!
Investing in quality materials and craftsmanship for your underwear is not only the smarter choice for your wallet, but it is also a form of self care. I know that sounds weird, but underwear is something you wear every day, ALL day! It is what you wear closest to your body. Building a drawer full of underwear made with quality, good-for-you fabrics that are ethically made is the perfect first step to take into creating your sustainable closet.
Ethically Made Underwear Brands
ODDOBODY is a woman-owned underwear brand creating underwear designed with women’s health in mind. All of their underwear is made with 100% organic pima cotton. If you didn’t know, most consider cotton to be the best underwear fabric for us ladies and organic is even better as it doesn’t have all the chemicals. ODDOBODY offers three styles, full brief, string bikini, and tanga in six color options. They also have a starter pack where you can try all three styles as well as a 3-pack option.
$22-24 for single pair | $61 for 3-pack | $60 for starter pack
Knickey is another brand making women’s health priority number one when it comes to underwear. Created with certified organic cotton, Knickey lays out simply the benefits of organic cotton versus conventional. Kinckey has four style options, low-rise thong, low-rise bikini, mid-rise hipster, and high-rise brief. They offer five core colors in all of the styles as well as some limited release colors. Knickey also has a recycling program. Pack up your old underwear, print your shipping label, send them off, and receive a free pair with your next order!
$13 for single pair | bundle and save options available
Organic Basics is an online brand committed to creating fashion sustainably. They use a variety of sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton, Tencel, and other recycled materials. They have a lot of different styles for both men and women and a ton of bundles and starter packs available.
various bundles and packs
enter code POSITIVEOBC for 10% discount at checkout
Warp + Weft
Warp + Weft is a sustainable denim brand that also has a line of underwear to pair with your favorite jeans. They offer one style in a variety of nudes as well as a white and black option. Their women’s underwear is available in sizes 00-24 and they also have a men’s boxer brief in black and white.
$12 for single pair womens | $25 for single pair mens
Pact makes organic men’s and women’s underwear made in fair trade factories. There is a wide variety of different styles, colors, and patterns available in women’s underwear. The men’s section has five styles in various colors and prints as well.
$12 for single pair | $60 for 6-pack
WAMA is a PETA approved and Green America certified brand creating hemp underwear for both men and women. That’s right, hemp! According to WAMA, hemp is the perfect fabric choice for underwear as it is naturally anti-bacterial and has anti-odor properties. There are so many reasons why hemp is one of the most sustainable fabrics out there – learn more about the wonders of hemp here.
There are five women’s styles and four men’s styles. Their color selection consists of 2-3 colors per style. Their women’s sizing ranges from XS-2XL and their men’s range from S-3XL. I would say they run small. I am a size 6 and ordered a medium in the thong, hipster, and bikini. The bikini was too small and I had to return them. The thong and hipster are wearable but a bit snug, but keep in mind that the fabric does relax throughout the day.
$20 for single pair women | $24 for single pair men | various bundles
Pansy is an organic cotton women’s underwear company making minimal classics that last. Their underwear is locally grown, designed, sewn, and dyed here in the states. There are four styles available, high-rise, low-rise, x high-rise, and stretch short. All of their styles offer full bum coverage and range in sizes XS-3XL. They have a wide color selection offering both fun bolds as well as neutral classics.
$39 for single pair of high + low-rise | $42 for single pair x high-rise + short
Brook There creates ethically made, minimalist lingerie. They have a variety of lingerie products including organic cotton and silk underwear. They have a wide variety of styles with beautiful earthy colors. I have never tried silk underwear, but I might be a convert once I get my hands on a pair of Brook There’s silk underwear. They look so elegant and can be worn as a set with the matching bra. Their underwear is available in sizes XS-2XL.
price for single pair varies from $28-$88
Nude Label is a European brand creating certified organic cotton underwear. Their cotton supplier is GOTS Certified, OKEO-TEX Standard 100, and is also a part of the Better Cotton Initiative. They offer a variety of bras, underwear styles, as well as a bodysuit option. Their color palette gives me all the feels – gorgeous earthy jewel tones. Their underwear sizes are XS-XL.
approximately $18-28 for single pair | approx. $60 for bodysuit
For a 15% discount, use the website link by the picture or click here (referral link)
PICO makes fair trade organic cotton essentials for men and women. There are three styles available for women, low-rise, high-waist, and full brief, as well as one style available for men. They have a limited edition collection of naturally hand-dyed underwear and other goods available. The colors of this collection are so stunning! They offer two other color options for their underwear, bra, and top which are white and charcoal navy. The sizes available are XS-XL.
~ $21-24 for single pair | ~ $40-46 for single pair of naturally dyed | pack options of 3 and 5 available
Check out my Girlfriend Collective review for all the deets on the Everyday GF underwear collection. There is a full review of Girlfriend Collective’s underwear as well as their activewear in a separate blog post. I wanted to include them here as well because they are my current fave underwear! I have all the styles and love them all. Check out my review linked above for more info on Everyday GF.
$14 for single pair | bundle and save options available