Let’s keep it brief. Your underwear are the most worn garments in your wardrobe, so why not give them the attention they deserve? These brands know the ins and outs of their supply chain intimately, from sourcing sustainably produced and organic cotton, to environmentally friendly packaging. And they’ve taken the care to ensure that the goods are benefiting both you and their makers. These are the top brands for Australia’s best ethically made underwear.
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Jackfruit the Label makes ethical underwear in minimal styles with comfort in mind. For its garments, the brand uses a blend of bamboo and organic cotton, making the fabric breathable and super soft. The organic cotton is all GOTS-certified and is dyed to GOTS standard as well. The underwear is available in an inclusive size range from size 6 -26 and is from made to order in small batches in Australia with care (certified by Ethical Clothing Australia).
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Look good and feel even better in The Great Undressed. This Sydney-based brand makes its no-frills undergarments from ethically sourced and certified organic Japanese cotton. The Great Undressed says its garments are made with integrity and consideration that will stand the test of time. The sustainable underwear range includes bikini cut, cheeky, high g, high boy and euro undies plus bralettes. It’s all ethically designed and made in Sydney.
Brisbane-based brand Nico Underwear is committed to ethical production and environmental sustainability. The brand’s underwear, socks and bras are made from recycled and organic cotton and nylon, as well as Lenzing Model – a high-quality, botanic fibre made from sustainably sourced beechwood trees. The result is an incredibly soft and comfortable product that’s good for the environment. Nico values transparency and has extensive information about its manufacturing process and where its products are made on its website.
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This Aussie brand creates little pieces of luxury for your underwear drawer. Every piece is ethically handmade by skilled garment makers in Australia and Bali, Indonesia using the highest quality eco textiles. Eco Intimates aims to reduce its environmental impact by keeping production small and using other brands’ waste where they can – like their lace and fabric trims which are made from various brands’ offcuts sourced from remnant suppliers.
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Sydney-based brand Lela Lingerie makes timeless classics for your underwear drawer. The brand focuses on creating functional and flattering underwear, aiming to be the first pieces you reach for in the morning. The sustainable underwear is a range of mid rise and high waisted underwear in pretty colours made from 95% GOTS certified organic cotton. It’s all ethically made in Sydney.
Also Sydney-based is the sustainable basics brand Boody – bringing super soft bamboo underwear to the mix. Their bamboo is grown sustainably with no pesticides, no insecticides, and no fertilisers, and without any artificial irrigation. Boody says it’s committed to maintaining a responsible and transparent process every step of its process – from the bamboo crops that yield the viscose yarn to the delivery of Boody into your hands. The brand is certified by a number of industry groups for ethical and sustainable production.
New Zealand’s Nisa is helping refugee women from the bottom up. The brand’s undergarments are lovingly sewn by women from a refugee background in their sunny studio in Wellington, New Zealand, with a mission to provide their staff with meaningful and interesting paid work, while making kick-ass undies. Nisa underwear is made from an organic cotton/elastane blend.
This brand’s commitment to organic cotton and regenerated nylon is a win for the environment and a win for the wearer. That’s right, natural, organic fibres aren’t just friendly on the skin, but they break down easily when they’re returned to land fill. Organic cotton also eliminates the use of pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and Genetically Modified Organisms that are emitted by the conventional cotton trade. The collection is mostly high-waisted briefs and g strings, all edging on the cheeky side. That thong thong thong thong thong.
Say goodbye to your monthly disposables, Modibodi provides period, leak and sweat proof performance underwear. The brand uses high quality, tech-savvy fabrics (like Bamboo, Merino Perform Wool and Microfibre) and the latest in breathable, antimicrobial fibres with a stain resistant lining for modern periods and leaks. Phew! On a sustainability level, moving away from disposables is highly favourable and these innovative undies are at the forefront of that. To that I say 100% #yasss. Shop Modibodi here.
The world’s first zero-waste bra is so clean that you can bury it in the garden when you’re finished with it. It’s made using Lenzing fibre Tencel (from sustainably farmed Eucalyptus trees) which takes minimal water to produce and manufacture and is extremely soft to touch. The final product is ethically made in a family-run factory in China and is without toxins and without underwire. It’s a no-frills undergarment but it’s a very, very good bra! There is now a ‘very good’ bra, ‘very good’ briefs, and sleepwear too.
Mighty Good Basics is an Australian brand with its pieces designed and shipped from its office in Sydney. These garments – men’s and women’s sustainable underwear in various cuts – are made by a small-scale, ethical factory in India. When choosing fabrics for the range, the brand looks for low impact, sustainable fibres – with the current range being made exclusively from GOTS certified organic cotton and a small amount of elastane. The brand’s ultimate mission? To create the world’s most ethical underwear.
Love comfy jocks that don’t get stuck up your butt? This is your brand. Thunderpants’ garments are ethically made in New Zealand from organic and Fairtrade cotton, in the brand’s classic full-brief style. But the prints are the fun part – with everything from the original flower power, to bananas, mushrooms, rockets and whales. The brand also makes a range of other undergarments for men, women and children.
The pair behind this Melbourne label had a vision to create undergarments that doubled as sleepwear and swimwear too. And so they did. Bimby and Roy is their range of bralettes and bottoms in pretty and plain prints that can be worn around the clock. They’re all ethically made in the first solar-powered factory in Fiji.
Bham wants to create “the world’s most powerful undies,” and 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 says its Powerpants empower the “sistas who make them, the sistas who wear them, and the sistas who benefit from the proceeds.”
Creator of ethically made and environmentally friendly basics, Vege Threads has launched an ethical and sustainable underwear collection. The intimates range includes a bralette and underwear in a high waist, full cut brief, made from a modal/lycra blend that’s knitted in Melbourne. The undies are dyed with ACO (Australian Certifed Organic) dyes and made in South Australia, with production certified by Ethical Clothing Australia.
Photos by Tane Meiring.