04 Feb

The Top 17 Sustainable and Ethical Boxers and Briefs

If you’re an ethically minded kinda guy, chances are you’re trying to be more conscious with your closet. Maybe you’re putting off buying too many new things to save the planet and all that, but you noticed a hole or some unflattering sagging appearing in your underwear drawer recently. Holey or baggy underwear is something you can get away with since barely anyone sees them, right? I mean, each to their own, but as with many basics—especially those close to your skin—it’s important to be comfy. And holes especially are risky at best, disastrous at worst. So, you look in your underwear drawer, what do you see? Wait—don’t tell me. In any case, maybe it’s time for a bit of a revamp. Level up your jock game with these 17 ethical boxers and briefs.

Whether organic boxers are your jam like the range from Etiko (Australia), you want a quirky pattern on your eco-friendly undies like from A-dam (the Netherlands), or you want to give hemp underwear a go like the range from WAMA (US), these ‘Good’ and ‘Great’ rated brands will literally support you through your ethical fashion journey. Let’s-a go!

nu-in

Rated: Good

Seamless Low Rise Trunks – Ships internationally from Sweden

nu-in is a European brand that features activewear, loungewear, and underwear collections, as well as trend-led men’s and women’s ranges. It prioritises the planet by using a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, and reuses offcuts to minimise textile waste. The brand is inclusively sized, and features an extended sizing range up to 6XL!

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Saint Basics

Rated: Good

Eucalyptus Boxers – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

Saint Basics creates the next generation of vegan eco-basics for people inspired by change. The Dutch brand is fully OEKO-TEX certified and has adopted the GOTS Code of Conduct to protect its workers’ labour rights. Find these fun boxers in sizes S to XL.

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tentree

Rated: Good
black plus size man wearing sustainable brief by tentree

The 5″ Boxer Brief – Ships internationally from Canada

tentree is a Canadian sustainable lifestyle brand that plants 10 trees for every item purchased. The certified B-Corp brand has already helped to remove tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and reforested over 5,000 hectares of land (that’s equal to 12,000 football fields). But its commitment to sustainability extends way beyond trees. Using recycled, organic, and circular fabrics, tentree cuts down on huge amounts of waste and water usage with every piece. We love it for its super comfy fabrics and easy wardrobe staples like these classic boxer briefs, available from S-2XL!

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NIKIN

Rated: Good

TreeBoxers Allover – Ships internationally from Switzerland

If you’re the kind of person who likes to wear their morals, look no further. Not only is a tree planted every time you purchase a NIKIN product, you also get to show your tree pride, like with these sweet but subtle tree print organic cotton boxers. They are available in sizes S-XL.

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Honest Basics

Rated: Great

Boxershorts 3-Pack – Ships within Europe from Germany

Honest Basics is a GOTS-certified basics brand based in Germany. It’s on a mission to make sustainable fashion accessible to everyone, by keeping prices low, making quality basics that everyone has in their wardrobe, and constantly improving the sustainability of its products and supply chain. If you’re in Europe, look no further for a 3-pack of basic black or white ethical boxers with zero branding to maintain that element of mystery. They are available in sizes S-2XL.

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Dedicated

Rated: Good

Boxer Briefs Kalix Shark Bite White – Ships internationally from Sweden

If you love a great graphic tee, Swedish label Dedicated has you covered. Dedicated is an ethical streetwear brand for men, women, and children. All cotton used in its pieces are 100% organic and most are Fairtrade-certified, which means that you don’t have to sacrifice your ethics to dress in style. Find the clothes in XS-XL.

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Vatter

Rated: Great

Boxer Short “Loose Larry” – Ships internationally from Germany

Munich-based VATTER creates sustainable and long-lasting underwear, using 100% vegan and environmentally-friendly materials, including GOTS certified cotton, without sacrificing design and aesthetics. For a casual pair of black and white check organic boxer shorts, VATTER is here for you with the “Loose Larry”. There are also “Tight Tims” if that’s more your style. They are available in sizes S-2XL.

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Etiko

Rated: Great

Trunks, Black, Organic & Fairtrade – Ships internationally from Australia

Etiko is a designer of organic, eco-friendly, and fair trade clothing and shoes. These classic black trunks tick all the ethical and sustainable boxes, and are comfy and affordable to boot. Find them in sizes S-2XL.

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Organic Basics

Rated: Great

Organic Cotton Boxers 10-pack – Ships internationally from Denmark

Organic Basics offers high quality sustainable fashion basics for men and women in organic materials. The Denmark-based brand puts sustainable thinking at the centre of everything—it only chooses fabrics that care for our environment, and only ever partners with factories that care about their impact. If you prefer to buy your essentials in bulk for convenience or cost, this 10-pack of organic cotton boxers is your best bet. The boxers are available in sizes S-2XL.

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ASKET

Rated: Good

The Boxer Brief 3-Pack – Ships internationally from Sweden

ASKET has been creating timeless wardrobe essentials since 2015 with revolutionary sizing and fair pricing. The brand disregards seasonal collections, cuts out all the middlemen, and only sells directly to you—putting its entire focus on building a single permanent collection. It believes comfortable underwear is a non-negotiable essential. Made to last, these flattering boxer briefs are spun and woven from Egyptian cotton, with a touch of stretch that feels soft against the skin. Find the range in sizes XS-XL.

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Boody

Rated: Good

Men’s Everyday Boxers – Ships internationally from Australia

Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is an Australian clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green and ethical. Super soft and comfy while still looking sleek, these black or gray bamboo boxers are “man’s new best friend.” You can also find briefs and trunks, each style available single, or in a pack of 3 or 7 for your convenience. Find them in sizes S-XL.

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The Nude Label

Rated: Good

Trunk – Ships internationally from Spain

The Nude Label curates comfy vegan underwear, swimwear, and sandals that feel as good as they look. This classic trunk is made from organic cotton, and is soft, long lasting, form fitting, and breathable. Find the trunk in sizes S-L.

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KnowledgeCotton Apparel

Rated: Good

Maple Organic Boxers 3-Pack – Ships internationally from the UK

Believing in sustainable menswear that makes a difference, KnowledgeCotton Apparel creates long-lasting and high-quality products, using a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, including GOTS certified organic cotton. Keep your wardrobe essentials premium with these affordable and high quality ethical boxers that are “ideal for any brother”. Find sizes S-2XL.

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Mighty Good Basics

Rated: Great

White Briefs – Ships internationally from Australia

Mighty Good Basics aims to provide quality, affordable, organic and Fairtrade underwear and basics, for both men and women. The brand uses GOTs certified cotton and also uses renewable energy throughout its supply chain. These classic white briefs have been cut for a close fit that won’t bunch up. They are available in sizes XS-2XL.

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WAMA

Rated: Good

Men’s Boxers – Ships internationally from the US

WAMA is pioneering the hemp clothing industry with premium hemp underwear. It uses a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton and hemp, and is a PETA approved vegan company! For a classic loose boxer in black or green that is good for your bits and the planet, WAMA is the way. Inclusively sized at S-3XL.

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A-dam

Rated: Good

Kaj Boxer Briefs – Ships within Europe from the Netherlands

A-dam is a fresh brand with character. It uses a high-proportion of eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton, and limits the amount of chemicals, water and wastewater used in production. We’re high-key obsessed with the range of adorable prints on these briefs—that you can match with your ladyfriend, FYI. The sustainable avocado print boxer briefs take the cake, and are available in sizes S-2XL. If you’re feeling lucky, you can buy a 3 or 6 pack of briefs with surprise prints, which we love.

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Thunderpants NZ

Rated: Great

Men’s Boxer Lorien’s Zoo – Ships internationally from New Zealand

Thunderpants is a New Zealand brand that makes clothing for the whole family, designed to fit and built to last. We love the range of quirky and fun prints Thunderpants has on offer, and the fact that you can match with the whole family! These ColourMe animal print undies can be left as is for a cool black and white look, or coloured in for that ultimate personal touch. They are available in sizes S-XL.

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