Where do you find sustainable, ethical and affordable underwear in Australia? Find a short list of the brands I actually wear and love below.
Underwear is one of the only things I don’t buy second hand (for obvious reasons). I buy sustainable underwear to reduce the negative impact fabrics have on the environment and their workers and to ensure no chemical ridden fabric is going anywhere near my sensitive areas!
The best way you can reduce your waste is to buy everything you can second hand. When we use second hand objects we stop them going to landfill and give it a new life. But unfortunately the same can not be said for underwear! In this post I’ll talk about the sustainable, ethical and affordable underwear brands I actually wear and love.
Briefs $13.50 – Buy here
The most affordable of all the brands listed here! No thrills, comfy, bum covering briefs and a staple. Sustainably and ethically with organic and fair trade cotton. This is my favourite fabric for underwear as it’s light, breathable and dries quickly.
Briefs $12 US – Buy here
My favourite out of all the brands I own! Everlane places a huge focus on transparency so you can be sure they’re sustainably and ehtically made.
They are cotton and very affordable and reasonably priced. I have multiple styles and the matching bra which is incredibly comfortable and can be used as a sports bra (if you’re not too busty!). They are nice and thin and so you can wear them under sheer fabric and they won’t be noticeable!
The only downside with Everlane is they’re an American brand so they need to be shipped to overseas which can be expensive and isn’t great for emissions. If you spend over a certain amount shipping is free. I’ve only bought from them twice, both times when I’ve wanted other things as well to make most of the shipping! They have fantastic work wear and staples as well.
3. Girlfriend Collective
Briefs $14 US – Buy here
Girlfriend Collective are hands down my favourite sustainable activewear brand. And now they have a line of underwear and socks! They’re clothes are made of recycled plastic bottles and they are 100% transparent about their practices. They ship in cardboard and paper as well. They are a US based company but generally have deals on shipping.
4. Nat’v Basics
Briefs $24 – Buy here
Nat’v Basics are probably the most comfortable underwear I own. They are made from TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres which are more breathable and less susceptible to odorous bacteria growth, making these fabrics perfect for an active lifestyle. Buy their knickers in a pack of four to save.
Hara uses organic bamboo fabric and is naturally dyed, cut, sewn, packaged and shipped in Melbourne, Australia. Normally I wouldn’t recommend bamboo as a fabric as it can be very input intensive to turn bamboo into a fibre. However, Hara uses only organic bamboo and non toxic solvents in a completely sustainable and ethical, closed loop system.
These briefs and bralettes are incredibly comfortable and soft. They are a little more bulky than Everlane. I recommend you get a smaller size rather than larger as they have a lot of stretch. I also have a matching scrunchy which is v cute. These are my ultimate lounge around the house comfort undies.
6. Bimby + Roy
Beautiful patterns and comfortable bralettes, briefs and high waist underwear. Designed in Australia and made in Fiji. Can also be worn as swimwear! These are a bit more expensive, I only have one set which are my ‘sexy’ underwear haha no lace to be found here!
Other sustainable & ethical underwear brands
There are many other sustainable and ethical underwear brands in Australia. I haven’t tried them yet but I’ve listed them below! Please let me know if you try them out, I’d love to hear what they’re like!
- Nisa – briefs $35
- Thinx – period underwear $40 (+ active wear!)
- Modibodi – period underwear $25 (+ swim and active wear!)
- Mighty Good Basics – briefs $25
- Nico – briefs $32 (+ swimwear!)
- Le Buns – briefs $35 (+ swimwear!)
- The Very Good Bra – 3 pack of briefs $80, bra $90 (recommended for bustier women!)
- The Road – briefs $25
- Jackfruit the label – briefs $36
- Organic Basics – briefs 33€
1. Learn to mend!
No matter what underwear you buy, make sure you take care of them so they last longer! There is noting wrong with mending underwear. If they get a hole in them, mend it and keep on wearing them!
2. Compost your jocks!
If they are beyond repair, cut the cotton into smaller pieces and put it in your compost. Be sure to cut the elastic off and put this in your normal bin as this can’t be composted! If you don’t compost yet, find out why you should in my article on how composting literally saves the world here!
Want to learn more about sustainable fashion?
Learn about what fabrics are sustainable and find more sustainable Australian clothing brand recommendations! Head to my other articles on sustainable fashion below:
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