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The Ultimate Guide To 24 Ethical & Sustainable Underwear Brands

The Ultimate Guide To 24 Ethical & Sustainable Underwear Brands

Ethical and sustainable underwear is especially close to our hearts because we wear it on our most intimate body parts every day. We want underwear that makes us feel comfortable, confident, and sexy and meet our ethical standards. And we are becoming more and more aware of what our underwear is made of and by whom. Some of us prefer organic, non-toxic underwear, others are big fans of upcycled or recycled materials. Either way, we should pay special attention to what we wear on our skin. What is so personal to us should be made with love and care for our body, the makers, and the planet. To get you covered according to your values, we created this guide with the best ethical and sustainable underwear brands for you.

Ethics

Local and family-run manufacturing, handmade, organic cotton (GOTS)

Product range

Bras, briefs, bodies

Price range

$25-$62

Based in

Valencia, Spain

Delivery to

Worldwide

The Nude Label is a brand built on providing ethical pieces to accompany women in their everyday life. Expect soft, sustainable, organic cotton (GOTS) underwear that makes you feel good all day. All items are locally handmade in a family-run facility in their home town of Valencia, Spain.

Ethics

Ethical and sustainable production (GOTS), organic cotton (GOTS), Lenzing Modal®, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, PETA-approved

Product range

Bottoms & briefs, bodysuits, loungewear

Price range

$26-$91

Based in

Copenhagen, Denmark

Delivery to

EU

Respect for the environment is key for the Woron-sisters who founded the sustainable underwear brand WORON. The Scandinavian-inspired intimates use luxurious Lenzing Modal® and organic cotton (GOTS) as their material which both allow your skin to breathe. Produced in small GOTS-approved factories in Europe.

Ethics

Ethical production, organic cotton (GOTS)

Product range

Briefs, bottoms, camis, knickers, loungewear

Price range

$35-$170

Based in

Brighton, UK

Delivery to

Worldwide

If you like soft, comfy, simple, and yet chic everyday pieces, Elliot Organics might be your new go-to. All lingerie is made from premium organic cotton (GOTS) or bamboo silk viscose and is manufactured in a small factory in limited numbers near Barcelona, Spain.

Ethics

Ethically-produced, 100% organic bamboo viscose

Product range

Bras & undies

Price range

$25-$35

Based in

Ireland

Delivery to

Worldwide

GAEA’s underwear stands out with its simple shapes and sophisticated cuts. The incredibly soft and stretchy pieces look so comfy! All items are made from 100% organic bamboo viscose which uses 2/3 less water to grow than cotton. Bamboo viscose is also a super breathable antibacterial material, absorbing up to 40% of moisture (like sweat).

Ethics

Ethical production, organic cotton (GOTS), STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, recycling program, size-inclusive

Product range

Undies (Briefs, hipsters, thongs and more)

Price range

13$-$60

Based in

USA

Delivery to

USA, Canada, UK

Knickey offers an XS-XL range with breathable, super comfy, and toxin-free undies for women made from organic cotton (GOTS) to keep your “down there” as healthy as possible. Remember how less than 1% of textiles get recycled when in fact, 95% of textiles that end up in the trash can actually be recycled? To save your old undies from ending up in the landfill, Knickey invites you to send them over so they can safely recycle them with a local NYC non-profit.

Ethics

Ethical production, sustainable materials, gives back, zero waste

Product range

Bras, panties, bodysuits, loungewear

Price range

$42-$142

Based in

Berlin, Germany

Delivery to

EU-countries, Switzerland, and Norway

Romantic lace with a playful vintage look: Anekdot uses ECONYL® (100% regenerated nylon, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®) and Q-NOVA® with ROICA™ recycled lace (Global Recycled Standard and STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®) as well as exclusive surplus fabrics from production leftovers, deadstock, and vintage trimmings into lingerie that makes you feel both cute and sexy. As the upcycled materials aren’t newly produced, some products come in limited quantities, making the pieces even more special. Made by skilled craftsmen who use artisanal techniques in Berlin and Poland. Made to order possible!

Ethics

Local and family-owned ethical manufacturing in Los Angeles, size-inclusive, partly recycled materials, handmade, nickel-free hardware

Product range

Bras, briefs, loungewear

Price range

$57-$106

Based in

Los Angelees, USA

Delivery to

Worldwide

KYE creates timeless, soft and functional pieces that feel personal. Inspired by real people and genuine connections, this lingerie brand is a beautiful reminder to love ourselves, others and Mother Earth. Each piece is handmade in Los Angeles in a local family-owned factory using fabrics like deadstock mesh and Sorona (a fabric composed of 37% renewable materials derived from corn) to minimize our environmental impact on the environment.

Ethics

Ethical manufacturing, Organic cotton (GOTS), recycled cotton, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®

Product range

Bras, panties, slips, bodysuits

Price range

$40-$195

Based in

NYC, USA

Delivery to

Worldwide

We love these unexpected, eye-catching colors. Araks produces colorful organic cotton (GOTS) underwear with simple, beautiful details. Meant to last you for many years, the design collections work interchangeably with pieces from the past or those yet to come so that you can mix and match them.

Ethics

Ethical production, certified organic cotton, Oeko-Tex® Standard 100

Product range

bBras, paddables, undies, tops

Price range

$35-$95

Based in

Germany

Delivery to

Worldwide

Small boobs are lovely. And AIKYOU creates the most beautiful designs for them in a limited batch. You got it right – underwear produced in small quantities for small boobies. AIKYOU is by the way inspired by a Japanese female name that translates as “love and respect”. Matching the name, AIKYOU uses only the finest certified-organic premium quality fabrics, yarns and ribbons of which all are fairly made in Europe.

Ethics

Ethical production, organic cotton (GOTS), recycled fabrics

Product range

Bras, undies, bodies, clothing

Price range

$30-$135

Based in

Denmark and France

Delivery to

Worldwide

Baserage sources high-quality, natural and sustainable fibers such as organic cotton (GOTS) and recycled fabrics to benefit the environment, the maker and the wearer. Baserange has worked with their producers to create innovative, environmentally friendly fabrics to create their wide range of minimalistic intimates and leisurewear. Their timeless designs and silhouettes ensure that they can integrate seamlessly into your wardrobe and remain there for years to come.

Ethics

Ethically and locally produced, organic cotton (GOTS, OCCGUARANTEE®), natural plant dyes

Product range

Bras, panties, bodies, tops

Price range

$42-$80

Based in

Barcelona, Spain

Delivery to

Worldwide

For their simple yet sophisticated designs, Céu Label chooses only the best quality, sustainably- sourced organic fabrics such as organic cotton and organic cotton mesh grown by small independent farmers in Brazil. To re-create harmony with plants and nature, the sustainable underwear label also works with a centuries-old natural dyeing technique using 100% plant dyes (dyed in-house!). All items are fairly made by local artisans in Barcelona, Spain.

Ethics

Fair trade production, size-inclusive, bamboo viscose (STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®), natural dyes, Environmental Justice Foundation

Product range

Bras, undies, loungewear

Price range

$225-$1550

Based in

Australia

Delivery to

Worldwide

Great for sensitive skin: HARA (means green in Hindi) creates size-inclusive intimates (XS-5XL) that are gentle on the earth and even gentler on your skin. The brand’s key material is super soft high-quality bamboo viscose fabric (STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®) which is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and hypo-allergenic.

Ethics

Ethical production (Ethical Trading Initiative), organic cotton (GOTS), STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX, gives back

Product range

Bras, bottoms, thongs, bodies

Price range

$31-$115

Based in

London, UK

Delivery to

Worldwide

Tired of buying fashionable bras that felt uncomfortable, Georgia Larsen curated her own collections of comfy everyday lingerie. We never thought color combinations in one piece can look this good! The brand also uses organic cotton (GOTS) as their priority material. And because less than 1% of materials used to produce clothing is recycled into new clothing, which is why Dora Larsen uses recycled yarns created from textile waste, fishing nets, and other plastic waste.

Ethics

Local and ethical in-house manufacturing in London, size-inclusive, zero-waste policy, responsibly sourced deadstock fabric, women-led company

Product range

Bras, briefs, thongs, undies

Price range

$25-$65

Based in

London, UK

Delivery to

Worldwide

Made for women by women in London: Believing that ALL women deserve to own perfectly fitting, sustainable bras, Lara Intimates offers a wide range of non-wired, supportive bras for sizes 26-36, A-GG and more to come soon. All materials are made from responsibly sourced unused surplus luxury lingerie fabrics that would have otherwise gone to landfill.

PHOTO: PETRA KLEIS

Ethics

Fair trade, size-inclusive, organic cotton (Control Union certified with Cotton 100 content standard), women empowerment

Product range

Undies & bras

Price range

$31-$74

Based in

Copenhagen, Denmark

Delivery to

Canada, USA

For you, inspired by you: Moons & Junes gets all their inspiration from their customers who share their wildest underwear dreams via Instagram. Each product series goes through focus groups and fittings with 50 people which is why women feel so comfortable and sexy when wearing them. Moons and Junes’ styles come in four sizes and create each with different proportions – just like our bodies! P.S.: Have a look at their #bitsandboobs!

Ethics

Ethically-made by a family-run atelier, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, multifunctional

Product range

Bodysuits, lingerie, bras, tops

Price range

$97-$312

Based in

Berlin, Germaany

Delivery to

Worldwide

Brace yourself, because this underwear is devilishly sexy. DSTM creates a unique mix of pieces that can be worn as lingerie, outerwear, or even swimwear. The fabrics used are of the highest quality, long-lasting, and ultra-soft. Each piece is made to make you feel even sexier than you already are; with flattering cuts for every body type. Designed in Berlin and ethically produced in a family-run atelier in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ethics

Local and ethical manufacturing, 100% USA-grown organic cotton, size-inclusive

Product range

Bras, undies, shorts, loungewear

Price range

$39-$132

Based in

California, USA

Delivery to

Worldwide

The organic cotton underwear label from California was born from a desire for dreamy ethical undies. Pansy’s items are comfy, simple, and functional, dyed with fibers-reactive dyes and sewn in a factory in San Leandro, located 20 minutes away from the design studio.

Ethics

Local and ethical manufacturing, size-inclusive, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®

Product range

Bras & undies

Price range

$29-$59

Based in

Los Angeles, USA

Delivery to

USA, Canada, UK, and Australia

In the U.S. alone, 35 billion plastic bottles are thrown away in a year and can take up to 1,000 years to degrade. The sustainable underwear label uses post-consumer PET plastic bottles and turns them into REPREVE® recycled polyester. Proclaim also uses TENCEL™ to make their super soft bras and undies that come in a range of different nude colors to fit all skin tones.

Ethics

Ethical production, organic cotton from India, natural dyes (GOTS)

Product range

Undies, crop tops, tops

Price range

$21-$45

Based in

UK

Delivery to

Worldwide

Have you ever been wondering how your underwear is being made? Then follow Pico’s Project #01 where you can learn how your sustainable underwear comes to you – from seed to your hands. PICO tries to encourage people to understand where their products come from and appreciate exactly what has gone into each and every step of the process. P.S.: Pico has two more projects that are worth having a look at!

Ethics

Fair trade family-business, organic cotton (GOTS), BlueSign, size-inclusive

Product range

Bras, undies, tanks

Price range

$28-$34

Based in

USA

Delivery to

Worldwide

ARQ offers supremely functional organic cotton (GOTS) underwear dyed with sustainable dyes (GOTS or BlueSign). All bodies are beautiful and this underwear is created to fit women of all shapes! Carefully made in a family-owned sewing factory in the USA.

Ethics

Ethical and local manufacturing in small ateliers, upcycled deadstock fabrics, zero waste

Product range

Bras, panties, bodysuits, tops

Price range

$30-$55

Based in

Sofia, Bulgaria

Delivery to

Worldwide

Their basics are anything but boring. The artsy sustainable underwear brand from Sofia thoughtfully designs pieces that are simple yet sexy (we love their see-through bras!) and enhance your natural body shape. Proudly made of upcycled deadstock fabrics by local seamstresses in small independent ateliers in Bulgaria.

Ethics

Ethical production (Ethical Trade Initiative), independent family business, size-inclusive

Product range

Briefs, thongs, bras

Price range

$35-$90

Based in

London, UK

Delivery to

Worldwide

One size does not fit all: Beija London is a size-inclusive lingerie brand that offers different cup sizes for women of all body types. Created by sisters Abbie Miranda and Mazie Fisher, the collections boast cups from X, Y and Z™ that are practical, super comfy and stylish. X represents smaller sizes, Y for cup sizes between B-D and Z is for cup sizes.

Ethics

Ethically and locally produced, organic cotton (GOTS), STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, Global Recycled Standard (GRS), TENCEL™ Modal, TENCEL™ Lyocell, gives back

Product range

Briefs, bralettes, tank tops, bodysuits, t-shirts, loungewear, pajamas, socks

Price range

$18-$114

Based in

Padova, Italy

Delivery to

Worldwide

The sustainable clothing brand from Italy produces their beautifully made underwear with environmentally-friendly fibers such as TENCEL™ Modal, TENCEL™ Lyocell, or certified eco lace which is obtained from regenerated raw materials. CasaGIN only works with certified and reliable suppliers and small selected factories where Italian artisans make each piece with amore. Another advantage that the entire production process takes place in Italy is that the garments are dyed according to the strictest guidelines.

Ethics

Made-to-order, handmade, ethical production

Product range

Intimate apparel (bras, briefs, bralettes, suspenders), collars, corsets, stage wear

Price range

$42-$3485

Based in

Munich, Germany

Delivery to

Worldwide

Worn to be seen: French-German designer Céline Marie created her interdisciplinary couture lingerie brand to empower women and their uniqueness through beautifully handcrafted sets of lingerie. Céline redefines luxury as being sustainable, merging 3d technology, laser cutting and traditional handcrafting techniques with sustainable materials such as surplus fabrics, certified eco-friendly peace silk, antibacterial certified bamboo cotton and hardware from a local French manufacturer. Each piece is uniquely handcrafted made upon order in their atelier in Munich.

Certified Brands

Brands highlighted with the ECO ALPHABET label have signed the ECO ALPHABET Statement of Assurance, which confirms that their collection meets the social, ethical and environmental standards defined in the ECO ALPHABET Code of Conduct. The brand has publicly and transparently declared this compliance on their respective brand profile and is listed in the ECO ALPHABET Brand Directory.

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