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If you’re on this page, chances are you’re aware of the harmful environmental effects of the nasties in non-organic undies and the negative health effect of synthetic fibres on the skin and body. Instead, you’re looking for ethically produced underwear made of organic fabrics that won’t hurt your skin, the planet or your wallet.
So whether you’re in need of some sustainable undies for yourself or a loved one, we hope you find what you’re looking for in this curated list of affordable organic underwear brands.
Anyway, here are the organic undies brands in no particular order:
American organic undies brand Knickey produces a range of women’s underwear made from GOTS-certified organic cotton, is produced in a fair-trade factory in India and comes in XXS-XL sizes, classic styles – low rise thong, low-rise bikini and high-rise brief – and trendy colours such as Butterscotch, Bon Bon (dark brown hue) and Peachy Keen.
Price range: Starts at just US$13.
Shipping: Ships to US, Canada and UK for now – though this may change in future.
Where to buy: knickey.com
A super sleek ethical underwear brand, Organic Basics produces premium organic cotton basics such as underwear and socks ideal for those who like a little luxury in their lives. Responsibly manufactured in Europe with GOTS-certified organic cotton, the brand produces a range of sustainable underwear for women and men in staple colours such as black, white, navy, grey and nude. Brand scores big points for its use of diverse models.
Price range: Comes in packs of two only. Price range for women starts at 249 DKK or US$37.70 ($18.85 each pair). Men’s starts at 299 DKK or US$45.28 ($22.64 each pair).
Shipping: Free EU shipping. Worldwide shipping at extra cost.
Where to buy: organicbasics.com
WAMA is the leading manufacturer of hemp underwear for women and men. Made from 53% GOTS-certified organic hemp, 44% organic cotton and 3% spandex for superior comfort. WAMA is also an official PETA-Vegan approved brand.
Women’s underwear comes in sizes from XS-2XL and in black colour only. Available in two classic styles: hipster or bikini.
Men’s underwear comes in S-3XL and two styles: boxer briefs and trunks.
Prices: Prices USD $20 for women’s undies and $24 for men’s. Buy in bulk packs of three, six or ten and save.
Shipping: Free standard US shipping. Worldwide shipping available.
Where to buy: wamaunderwear.com.
4. People Tree (women’s only)
People Tree is widely considered the pioneer of Fair Trade fashion, becoming the first ever to receive the official Fair Trade stamp of approval. Launched over 25 years ago, this brand continues to be the recipient of many awards and frequently tops ethical fashion lists for its modern designs, fair-trade practices and use of eco-friendly fabrics including certified organic cotton and bamboo.
The brand manufactures a wide range of women’s underwear styles, from high-waisted full briefs to organic cotton thongs (G-strings as they are called in Australia). Available in classic colours such as black, white and nude/almond and striped too.
In addition to producing organic cotton undies, People Tree also offers a vast collection of women’s ethical clothing.
Price range: Starting prices US$12.50.
Shipping: Worldwide shipping available.
Where to buy: peopletree.co.uk
We love this cheeky Aussie brand Mighty Good Undies for its use of diverse models in its marketing as well as ticking all the right boxes: GOTS-certified organic cotton and Fair Trade. It produces organic undies for men and women and we’re especially loving that women’s sizes go up to 22 and men’s to XXXL, making ethical and organic underwear more accessible to greater numbers of people who don’t fit the restrictive size range of many fashion labels.
Prices: Starting price A$24.95 for women’s, $34.50 for men’s. Underwear is available in 2-packs, multi-packs and 7-packs.
Shipping: Standard delivery within Australia. Delivers to UK and US also.
Online shop: mightygoodundies.com.au
Etiko is an Australian B-Corp certified sustainable label that frequently makes appearances on ethical fashion lists and consistently receives top rankings in the Ethical Fashion Guide and Good On You. Its underwear and all other products are made with GOTS-certified organic cotton and is Fair Trade certified too. The brand manufactures organic underwear for both men and women.
For men and women, there is a range of styles and colours to choose from. Women’s sizes range from XS-XL and men’s from S-XL.
Price range: Starting prices men’s A$22.50, women’s $13.50. Buy organic underwear in bulk and you receive a discount too.
Shipping: Standard delivery within Australia. Delivers to Europe and UK also.
Where to buy: etiko.com.au
7. PACT Apparel
This American sustainable label produces underwear made with GOTS-certified organic cotton and manufactured under Fair-Trade certified conditions. The brand caters to men, women and the entire family
For men and women, there is a range of styles and classic and bold colours to suit all preferences. Women’s sizes range from XS-XL and men’s from S-XXL.
Price range: Men’s US$13, women’s $12. Buy organic underwear in bulk and you receive a discount too.
Shipping: Standard delivery within the USA is free for orders over $59. No international shipping (yet).
Where to buy: wearpact.com
Disclosure: 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. 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. This list also contains affiliate links. For more information, click here.
Title image courtesy of People Tree.