11 best sustainable and ethical underwear brands by fabric
Everyone needs and wears underwear, which means having sustainable underwear options are more important than ever. The fashion industry is one of the most polluting, and underwear is usually made from polyester which is essentially plastic, or super water-thirsty cotton.
Seeing as underwear is always in close proximity to our most intimate areas, it stands to reason that we'd want the best quality and healthiest fabrics.
Luckily, plenty of underwear brands have popped up to give us a solution to this problem. We've compiled an ultimate guide to sustainable underwear brands, grouped by the fabrics they all use, so you can be informed about what you're buying.
Size range: XS-XL
Boody uses rayon made from organic bamboo mixed with nylon for their underwear. They have men's ranges as well, and each item comes with statistics for the amount of energy and water saved by purchasing from them. Their factory is in China, and their bamboo comes from China also.
Size range: XS - 5XL
Hara is an Australian brand that creates bras, undies and other loungewear from bamboo lyocell, which is a closed loop process and results in a soft fabric. Their factory is in Australia and their bamboo is sourced from China. They also used plant-based dyes which we think is awesome!
Size range: XS-XXL
Magi creates hemp underwear made in Portugal, in comfy and stylish designs. Hemp underwear is antimicrobial, more breathable than cotton and better for the planet, as it requires very little water and can grow anywhere. The hemp is sourced from China, from the same supplier Patagonia uses.
Size range: XS-XXL
Wama underwear is a men's and women's hemp underwear brand based in the US. They have lots of different styles of underwear ranging from bikinis to briefs, hipsters and bralettes. Their fabric is sourced from China, and their manufacturing is also done in China.
Size range: XXS - 3XL
Parade is a new Gen Z sustainable underwear brand that uses 85% recycled polyester for their underwear. The colours are super expressive and bold and fun, and they have lots of different styles of underwear in a size-inclusive range. The manufacturing is done in China.
Size range: XXS - XL
Knickey is a US-based sustainable underwear brand that creates comfy undies from GOTS-certified organic cotton. Their undies are free from toxic chemicals, which is great considering the proximity of underwear to your intimate areas. They also manufacture in Fair Trade certified facilities in India and they have a recycling program.
Size range: XS - 6X
Tomboy X is a gender-inclusive underwear brand that's also ethical and sustainable. The majority of their cotton underwear and swimwear are Oeko-tex 100 certified, and their manufacturing is in China. They have endless options for different underwear styles so there's a style for everyone!
Size range: XS - 2X
Pact is a Colorado-based brand that makes sustainable underwear made from Fair Trade Certified organic cotton. They have a clothing recycling program, and also offer the option of carbon offsetting your shipment when you buy from them.
Size range: XS - XL
Organic Basics started off making men's undies but have recently expanded into women's - with an emphasis on sustainability. They use mainly organic cotton and TENCEL, which is made from wood pulp from responsibly sourced forests. Their manufacturing is done in several places, from Turkey to Portugal.
Size range: S - 3X
Proclaim has bralettes and briefs in different nude colours to suit different skin tones. As a bonus, they use TENCEL, and their undies are made in Los Angeles.
Size range: UK 6 -16
Lara Intimates is a UK-based brand that uses deadstock fabrics to make size-inclusive underwear. Deadstock fabrics are essentially fabrics that other factories have deemed as waste - making clothes from them diverts the fabrics from landfill. They have a great bra size calculator too, with sizes ranging from 26A to 36GG.
We hope you enjoyed this guide to the sustainable underwear brands we love! Read about the pros and cons of different underwear fabrics here.