Monday, January 27

Only want the best for your private parts? Then it’s no surprise you’re seeking organic cotton underwear. Organic cotton is breathable, soft and hypoallergenic. It’s free from pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and Genetically Modified Organisms which are harmful for farmers and workers, us as consumers, and entire wildlife eco-systems. These Australian and New Zealand brands are making their garments with 90% or more organic cotton, so you can enjoy comfy, chemical-free underwear.

Tip: Because brands limit the amount of elastane they add to organic cotton underwear, generally there isn’t the stretch you would be used to. In my experience it’s best to go up a size for comfort – but double check the specific sizing for each brand to be sure.

1. Thunderpants


This cheeky New Zealand brand is known for its cute prints and comfy fit – opting for a classic brief offering full coverage. The Thunderpants fabric is 90% organically grown cotton and 10% spandex to give it a super comfy, soft stretchy feel. To ensure ethical production throughout the supply chain, Thunderpants uses only certified Fairtrade cotton, and all of the brand’s garments are ethically assembled in its locally owned factory in Wairarapa, New Zealand.

2. Nisa

Women wearing pink underwear

Nisa is also making underwear with organic cotton, mixing in just 5% elastane to ensure sufficient stretch. The underwear is available in low cheeky brief, low full brief, high full brief and plus sized briefs as well. Nisa’s underwear is ethically made by women from refugee backgrounds in the brand’s studio in Wellington, New Zealand.

Nisa is also pictured in the header.

3. Annukka

This lovely Byron Bay brand champions the use of organic cotton through its collections, creating staple pieces that are made to be worn day in, day out.  The high waisted knickers are made from 95% GOTS certified organic cotton and 5% lycra, and are available in four different colours.  Annukka’s fabric and knickers are made in Australian in an Ethical Clothing Australia accredited factory.

4. The Road

The RoadThe Road stocks a small range of full brief underwear in black and black/white stripes plus bralettes to match. The underwear is made up of 95% GOTS certified organic cotton and 5% elastane. The brand says “We pay our makers in India a living wage, with health care benefits, a retirement fund, holiday leave and a housing program – exactly the sort of things you’d want in a full time job.” #Goals

5. Le Buns 

Le Buns

Le Buns boasts eco-friendly, effortlessly sexy, everyday essentials. These undergarments are more on the cheeky side, often with a high waist and butt-hugging design. The jocks come in black and white only, made from 90% GOTS certified organic cotton and 10% elastane. They’re chemical free, breathable and hypoallergenic.

6. Eco Intimates

Eco Intimates

Eco Intimates opts for environmentally friendly materials for its garments, so it’s no surprise that organic cotton makes the cut. A couple of the brand’s underwear styles are made from 90% organic cotton and 10% elastane, and are said to have “magical tummy holding powers”. Horrah!

7. Powerpants by Bham

Bham Powerpants

Bham wants to create “the world’s most powerful undies,” and it is working towards that mission by ensuring its garments are ethically made from environmentally sustainable fabrics and giving back to those in need. Every pair of Powerpants makes a difference with a $1 donation made to support female survivors of violence in PNG. Bham Powerpants are made from GOTS-certified organic cotton.

8. Bhumi

Organic cotton is this brand’s thing and its got tops, bottoms, underwear and activewear all covered. The women’s underwear comes in classic, low and mid rise bikini, as well as boy leg, and mens underwear too. Bhumi’s underwear is made from 95% organic cotton and 5% elastane. The brand avoids the use of toxic dyes.

Read next: The top brands for organic cotton basics in Australia


About Author

Brittanie is the founder and editor of Britt's List, and an advocate for sustainable and Australian fashion. She loves indoor plants, hot chips, blue cheese, boutique gin and patting puppers on the street.

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