If you’re on this page, chances are you’re in search of some ethical underwear that won’t break the bank. Whether you’re in need of some undies for yourself, after a pair of ethical boxers or panties to give as a gift or buying to top up a family member’s underwear drawer, we hope this list of underwear brands cuts your search time drastically.
Anyway, here are the affordable ethical undies brands in no particular order:
Eco-conscious label Boody manufactures comfortable underwear for men and women from certified organic bamboo and is Oeko-Tex 100-certified to ensure that no harmful toxic chemicals were found in its processing. The company also holds a Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production certification which independently audits factories to ensure they are safe, respect worker’s rights and there are no infringements on labour rights such as child labour and environmental regulations.
Women’s underwear comes in a wide range of styles such as classic bikini, boyleg briefs, Brazilian bikini, midi brief, G-string and hipster bikini. Most styles are available in three colours: black, white and nude. Women’s sizes from S-XL.
Men’s underwear comes in three styles: boxers, trunk and briefs. Men’s size range from S-XL.
Prices: Prices start at AUD $12.95 (USD $10) for women’s underwear and $14.95 (USD $11.62) for men’s.
Shipping: Standard shipping $8.95 within Australia, and free shipping on orders over $60. Worldwide shipping is available and you can make purchases from websites in your country. This page outlines partner sites across the world, specific regional shipping details and costs.
Where to buy: boody.com.au
A popular American ethical fashion label known for its commitment to “radical transparency” in its supply chain, Everlane also manufactures an affordable range of comfy, minimalist underwear for women and men in high-quality ‘Supima’ cotton.
Women’s underwear comes in a variety of styles such as ‘The Bikini’, ‘The Hipster’, ‘The Thong’ and ‘The High-Rise Hipster’. Size range from XXS-XL.
Men’s underwear comes in one style, ‘The Boxer Brief’. Men’s size range from XS-XL
Prices: Women’s panties priced from USD $12 (AUD $15.45) and men’s at $18 (AUD $23.18). Buy in bulk to save (3 for USD $27).
Shipping: Everlane ships worldwide. First-time orders receive free shipping. Check here for exact shipping costs.
Where to buy: everlane.com
If you’re looking for ethical undies that are less ‘basic’ and more ‘fun’, you’re gonna love New Zealand brand Thunderpants. This family-owned and operated company has been producing underwear for women, men and children since 1995! Ethically-made in New Zealand from certified organic cotton, these undies are good for the planet, and good for your bum!
Women’s underwear comes in a huge variety of styles such as hipster, original (full-brief style), and boyleg boxer. Comes in many colours and cool prints. Size range XS-XXL.
Men’s underwear comes in two styles, original and boxer and also comes in a wide variety of colours and fun prints. Sizes range from S-XL.
Prices: Prices for women’s undies start at NZD $28 (USD $20.54). Men’s undies start at $32 (USD$23.48).
Shipping: Delivery within NZ is a flat rate of $6. Worldwide shipping available. Costs dependent on weight. Learn more here.
Where to buy: thunderpants.co.nz
One of the sassiest ethical underwear brands in the marketplace, TomboyX’s cool, funky designs and edgy marketing has made it popular with millennials and hipsters alike. The brand ethically produces women’s underwear only (sorry gents!) in factories that offer living wages (read: sweat-shop free) using eco-conscious manufacturing processes. Underwear is available in cotton or eco-friendlier fabric micromodal and the ethical brand is one of the few available that cater to larger and plus-sizes going up to 4XL *standing ovation*
Women’s underwear comes in a broad variety of different styles such as bikini, briefs and boyshorts. Comes in a multitude of colours and bright, funky prints.
Prices: Prices start at USD $18 (AUD $23). You save waaayyy more if you buy undies packs (only buy if you need though!) or pick things up from their ‘Last Chance’ section.
Shipping: Worldwide shipping available. This page provides more detail.
Where to buy: tomboyx.com
5. Swedish Eco
This Swedish brand focusses on ethically manufacturing organic underwear basics for men and women made from GOTS-certified organic cotton. The business only uses Oeko-Tex 100-certified dyes ensure that no harmful toxic chemicals were found in its processing. The brand believes in respecting all involved in their business, from the cotton farmers through to their sewists.
Women’s underwear comes in two different styles, bikini and shorts and three basic colours only. Women’s sizes from XS-L.
Men’s underwear comes in one style only, briefs, and available three colours. Sizing XS-L.
Prices: Prices start at 179kr (USD $21) for women’s bikini bottoms and 199kr (USD $23) for men’s boxers.
Shipping: Worldwide shipping. Extra costs apply. Calculate at checkout.
Where to buy: swedisheco.com
6. Brook There
This American-owned, American-made ethical label manufactures women’s undergarments only: underwear, unpadded and wireless bras, lingerie and other garment basics. All are sustainably manufactured from locally-milled GOTS-certified organic cotton.
Women’s underwear comes in a variety of styles and shades, from white, rose quartz through to midnight and black. Size range from XS-XL.
Prices: Prices start at USD $28 (AUD $36).
Shipping: Free shipping within the USA. Shipping to Canada $20. Ships worldwide. Buyer is responsible for customs, duties, and fees. Shipping details can be found here.
Where to buy: brookthere.com
We’ve featured Mighty Good Undies before so rather than repeat ourselves you can read more about them here. In a nutshell, they produce responsibly using GOTS-certified organic cotton and cater to both men and women (sizes up to a 20 for women, yay!).
Prices: Starting price AUD $24.50 (USD $19) for women’s underwear, $28.95 for men’s (USD $22.50). You can save more cash by buying packs of undies.
Shipping: Standard delivery within Australia costs $6.20. Delivers to Europe and UK at extra cost (you will need to calculate). No deliveries to USA and Canada (yet).
Online shop: mightygoodundies.com.au
8. PACT Apparel
PACT Apparel is an American eco-friendly label that produces underwear for women, men, toddlers and babies. All underwear is made from GOTS-certified organic cotton and manufactured under Fair-Trade certified conditions.
Women’s underwear comes in a range of styles, such as classic bikini, low-waist brief, cheeky hipster, thong and boyleg briefs. A wide range of basic colours to choose from including black, almond, white, lilac and teal. Women’s sizes range from XS-XL.
Men’s underwear comes in four styles: boxer brief, brief, knit boxer and trunk. Most styles available in black and charcoal colour. Men’s sizes from S-XXL.
Price range: Men’s underwear USD $16, women’s underwear $15. Buy in packs to save more on individual prices.
Shipping: Standard delivery within the USA is free for orders over $59. Currently, there is no worldwide shipping but the business hopes to address this soon.
Where to buy: wearpact.com
This fair-trade fashion label has won many awards and accolades for pioneering sustainable fashion business in Australia and consistently achieves top rankings in fashion rating apps such as Good on You. It ethically manufacturers underwear from GOTS-certified organic cotton and Fair-Trade certified undies for men and women.
Women’s underwear comes in a couple of styles; bikini which comes in black, grey and latte; and boyleg undies which come in black, grey and pink. Women’s sizes range from XS-XL.
Men’s underwear comes in one style, a trunk style, but it comes in five different colours and prints. Men’s sizes range from S-XL.
Prices: Prices start at AUD $11.50 (USD $8.94) for women’s underwear and $19.50 (USD $15.16) for men’s.
Shipping: Standard delivery within Australia $6.20. Delivers to Europe and UK, shipping costs apply. Will deliver to USA and Canada soon.
Where to buy: etiko.com.au
10. Marc Skid
In October 2017, eco-friendly label Marc Skid launched its e-commerce only purposefully-made underwear brand. The mantra of the brand is to “Make your Marc on the World.” Its underwear is ethically made in WRAP-certified factories and made from high-quality GOTS-certified organic Pima cotton. The waistbands are made from recycled water bottles. The sustainable underwear brand is just as serious about its social mission as it is about its environmental one, with $4 from every undies purchase going to charity with every purchase. The brand even offers customers a choice of nine 4-star charities to donate these funds to.
Women’s underwear comes in two styles only, the bikini and the hipster and in just three sizes: S, M and L. It comes in four bright colours.
Men’s underwear comes in two styles also, a boxer brief and boxers. Men’s sizes range from XXS-XL.
Prices: Women’s underwear priced at USD $20 (AUD $25.75) and men’s USD $29 (AUD $37.33).
Shipping: Ships only to continental USA and Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Delivery costs are outlined here.
Where to buy: marcskid.com
Have we missed any ethical brands making undies, knickers, panties, boxers for men and women? Feel free to leave a comment below
The curated list is based on the writer’s research and does not fully take into account all ethical considerations that are unique to each individual. All prices are correct at time of publishing. Before making a purchase, we encourage you to do your own research paying particular attention to the supply chain and your own particular set of ethics. You can also check out online tools and apps that provide product reviews and brand ratings here.
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