12 Nov

The Ultimate Guide to Ethical and Sustainable Underwear

Underwear is the first thing we put on in the morning and the last thing we take off. The great news is there’s a growing number of sustainable underwear brands for everyone.

We can all admit that comfortable undergarments can truly make our day, which is why we’ve put together this ultimate guide to sustainable underwear for everyone. These ethical underwear brands are all rated “Good” or “Great” and are creating eco-friendly basics, including bras, lingerie, boxers, and briefs that will make you feel comfortable and confident without compromising on your values.

Organic Basics

Rated: Great
people wearing organic basics basics

Organic Basics offers high-quality sustainable fashion basics for men and women in organic materials. It also recently launched its first sustainable denim collection! 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. Organic Basics clothes are available in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Organic Basics.

WAMA

Rated: Good

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! Find the range in inclusive sizes XS-3XL.

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nat’v basics

Rated: Good

nat'v basics is an Australian eco-friendly underwear label designed for the everyday woman. Made from recycled and sustainable materials, nat'v basics pieces are designed to be the most comfortable basics you’ll ever wear. No frills or trims or awkward bits—so you can put them on and forget you’re wearing them! Find most items in sizes 8 to 16.

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Knickey

Rated: Great
knickey sustainable underwear set

Made in a Fair Trade Certified factory, Knickey’s organic cotton underwear sets are some of the best in the sustainable market. Taking it a step further, the brand has also partnered with an NYC non-profit to recycle old undergarments, turning the fibres into insulation and rug pads. Sending in your old undies will not only help cut down on the amount of fibres that wind up in the landfill, but it’ll give you the freedom to buy new, eco-conscious sets. Find most items in sizes 2XS to 3XL.

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Pantee

Rated: Good

Pantee is a women's underwear brand based in the UK with a focus on comfort. The brand incorporates a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including recycled materials, and its limited production run minimises textile waste. Find bras and undies in sizes XS-XL.

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Pico

Rated: Great

Pico designs beautifully soft organic and fair-trade cotton underwear for both men and women. The British brand is fully vegan and all its products are Fairtrade International - Small Producers Organisations certified.

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Shop Pico @ Reve en Vert.

Shop Pico.

ColieCo

Rated: Good
women wearing colourful sustainable lingerie from ColieCo Lingerie

ColieCo is a Portuguese lingerie, underwear and swimwear brand that uses a handmade to order process for creating the most premium pieces. Every single garment is manufactured exclusively using sustainable and sustainably-sourced fabrics. Find the range in sizes XS to 2XL with international shipping available.

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The Very Good Bra

Rated: Great

The Very Good Bra is an Australian womenswear label that houses lingerie and other basics for the modern woman. Find most bras in cup sizes A to E, and clothes in S-L.

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Nisa

Rated: Great
women wearing dark ethical bra by nisa

The ethical option for your underwear drawer. Nisa is an underwear and loungewear label that employs women from refugee backgrounds in its Wellington studio. For the brand, success is not just providing a first job in New Zealand, but in providing a first step in a long career. Nisa is also good for the planet, using GOTS certified organic cotton for its briefs, bralettes, and pants.

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Proclaim

Rated: Good

Los Angeles-based Proclaim makes beautiful bras, underwear, and basics from eco-friendly materials like recycled plastic bottles and TENCEL. Its designs come in three shades of "nude", building inclusivity into the brand. It also ensures the people in its California factory earn a living wage, and visits suppliers regularly. Find the range in sizes S-3XL.

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Thought

Rated: Good

Thought is a British brand that offers a unique collection of organic clothing using innovative materials such as hemp and bamboo. Find the range in UK sizes 6-18.

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Shop Thought @ Curate.

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NICO

Rated: Good
woman wearing dark green sustainable underwear by nico

Established in 2012 by Lis Harvey, NICO celebrates minimalism and understated luxury. The brand brings high quality basics and underwear to the Australian fashion landscape, featuring clean lines, luxe fabrics, and the styles and colours needed for everyday. NICO’s factories are signatories to The Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord and are compliant with BSCI and certified with WRAP. Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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PACT

Rated: Great
woman wearing sustainable bralette by PACT

PACT’s organic underwear makes sure you are comfortable in your own skin with its soft and timeless design. It uses Fairtrade organic cotton and aims to remove hazardous chemicals from its production.

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Boody

Rated: Good
a man and a woman wearing grey boody sustainable basics

Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody’s eco underwear support the trend for all things green and ethical. The brand is Oeko-Tex certified and uses a fully closed-loop system to ensure its bamboo-derived fabrics are environmentally friendly. Find the range in sizes XS-3XL.

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HARA

Rated: Great

Hara means green in Hindi, so the label aims to design for you and our earth – consciously creating pieces that are soft and beautiful with sustainable and ethical practices at the core. Hara uses bamboo as its primary material and minimises the use of packaging and has eliminated hazardous chemicals from its supply chain.

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Underprotection

Rated: Good
woman wearing pink recycled Italian lace lingerie by Underprotection

Underprotection is a Danish brand combining ethics and aesthetics, creating underwear, loungewear, and swimwear from sustainable materials like recycled polyester and organic cotton. All of its packaging, paper, and polybags are either recycled or biodegradable, and it only works with certified factories as it believes “fair working conditions and fair wages are human rights”. Underprotection exists to celebrate women of all kinds, and its goal is to make them feel as beautiful and comfortable as possible. You can find the full range in XS-XL.

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Shop Underprotection @ Curate.

Shop Underprotection @ LVR Sustainable.

Woron

Rated: Good

Scandinavia-based Woron creates long-lasting vegan underwear. The brand uses eco-friendly materials, like Modal and is Oeko-Tex certified, meaning the dying of their products is free from toxic chemicals.

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Shop Woron @ Reve en Vert.

Shop Woron.

Jackfruit the Label

Rated: Good
woman reclining in white sustainable lingerie by Australian ethical brand Jackfruit the Label

Jackfruit the Label is an Australian brand that houses slow and ethical underwear that is comfortable, long lasting, and earth friendly, using bamboo and organic cotton. Available in AU sizes 6-26.

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Saint Basics

Rated: Great

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.

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Pansy

Rated: Good
woman wearing sustainable lingerie by ethical US brand Pansy

Pansy is a California based basics brand that offers organic cotton underwear for all beautiful sizes.

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The Nude Label

Rated: Good
woman wearing sustainable underwear by The Nude Label ethical brand

The Nude Label curates comfy vegan underwear, swimwear, and sandals that feel as good as they look. All the pieces are made in a family-run factory in Valencia, Spain. The closeness to the studio allows The Nude Label to have greater control over the process and ensure good working practices. Most products are available in XS-XL.

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KENT

Rated: Great
two women wearing white compostable underwear in the garden by KENT

KENT is a US-based brand that creates timeless organic underwear for women, ensuring a quality fit and feel no matter what. It produces the first verified compostable underwear, made from organic cotton and designed to return to nature in 90 days when composted or planted, feeding the soil and growing new plants (or future pants). Find most pants in sizes XS to 2XL.

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Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good
woman wearing dark green sports bra by girlfriend collective

Girlfriend Collective creates minimal, luxury clothes made with certified fair labour, certified by the Social Accountability Standard International SA8000. The brand uses eco-friendly materials like recycled polyester as well as low-impact non-toxic dyes and is fully Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. Inclusively sized Girlfriend Collective offers products from 2XS-6XL.

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Shop Girlfriend Collective @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Girlfriend Collective.

Beaumont Organic

Rated: Good
woman wearing black sports bra by beaumont organic

Beaumont Organic is a UK-based slow fashion brand that blends simple style with ethical production practices. Founded by Hannah Beaumont-Laurencia, the brand also has its own charitable foundation which supports people in Fiji. Find the range in sizes XS-L.

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Toad&Co

Rated: Good

Toad&Co is a US brand that creates socially and environmentally committed womenswear and menswear that is equally suited for the rigours of the trail or the tavern. Most items are available in sizes XS-2XL.

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Miakoda

Rated: Great
woman wearing dark sustainable bras by miakoda

If you’re all about that organic plant-based lifestyle, then you’ll most certainly vibe with Miakoda and its organic, ultra-cosy active and loungewear. Supportive of different shapes and sizes from XS-4XL, these ethical and sustainable pieces include stripped-back colours and designs that are all about comfort. Everything is manufactured in an ethical factory in NYC, and all packing materials are eco-friendly. Neat!

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NIKIN

Rated: Good

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! Products are available in sizes XS-XL.

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Honest Basics

Rated: Great

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. The range is available in sizes XS-L.

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Mighty Good Basics

Rated: Great
A woman in a white vest and a man in white boxers

Mighty Good Basics aims to provide quality, affordable, organic and fair trade underwear, for both men and women. The brand uses GOTs certified cotton, like these knickers which were made by Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills in Kolkata, India, using cotton grown by farmers from the cooperative Chetna Organic, headquartered in Hyderabad India. The brand also uses renewable energy throughout its supply chain.

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A-dam

Rated: Good
funky green ethical boxers by A-dam on a shirtless muscular man wearing a tiger mask

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.

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Vatter

Rated: Great

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.

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ASKET

Rated: Good
man wearing asket's sustainable boxer briefs in white

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. Find the range in sizes XS-XL.

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ROZENBROEK

Rated: Great

ROZENBROEK is a British brand that features well-made clothing made from the finest organic materials, including solar energy. Find pieces in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop ROZENBROEK @ SlowCo.

Shop ROZENBROEK.

Etiko

Rated: Great

Etiko is an Australian designer of organic, eco-friendly, and fair trade clothing and shoes. The brand constantly sets the bar for upholding and campaigning the human rights of people working in traditionally exploitative industry supply chains. Find the clothes in AU sizes 8-20, and the shoes in UK sizes 3-13.

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tentree

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

Canadian brand tentree believes big change starts small. Small as in bringing your reusable bag to the grocery store, making fewer, more thoughtful purchases, and choosing to purchase sustainably when you do. The brand plants ten trees for every item purchased to help regenerate ecosystems and provide planting jobs in communities around the world, and has already planted over 65 million trees.

All tentree’s products are created with an Earth-First approach, meaning they're made in fair, safe working conditions, and constructed using only sustainably sourced and recycled materials. tentree’s super comfy fabrics and easy wardrobe staples are typically available from XS to XL.

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Looking for more eco-friendly basics? Have a look at our ultimate guide to ethical and sustainable basics.

Editor's note

Feature image via HARA, all other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet and animals. We love to recommend some of the best sustainable brands, rated “Good” or “Great”. We also encourage shopping pre-owned as another great way to reduce the impact of our fashion choices. Use our directory to search thousands of rated brands. We may earn a commission on sales made using our offer codes or affiliate links.

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