Keen to fill your wardrobe with more sustainable staples? These Australian and New Zealand brands have got the basics covered – making quality men’s underwear ethically and with sustainable fabrics. Make these your go-to brands for when your jocks drawer is looking dull.
The brilliant minds behind Bushy want to show Australians that it is possible to make extremely comfortable, locally made, ethical underwear. Their fitted boxers are available in two colour variations, made from sustainably sourced Tencel® fabric (a natural cellulose fibre made from Eucalyptus trees) with a small amount of elastane for stretch making them super comfortable. Bushy underwear is ethically made in Australia and certified by Ethical Clothing Australia.
Sydney-based sustainable basics Boody bring 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. Shop for men’s boxers, briefs and trunks in black, white and charcoal.
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 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.
Thunderpants is a family-owned and operated company, based in the Wairarapa region in NZ, producing quality men’s, women’s and kids’ underwear. The brand’s undergarments are made from soft and sturdy organic and Fairtrade cotton that can be sure to withstand the test of time. Thunderpants’ range of jocks, boxes and socks come in fun prints and patterns. Add a bit of lightening to your jocks draw.
Wonderpants opts for natural fibres such as organic cotton and merino wool for its range of underwear that is all ethically made here in Aus. The brand’s undergarments are made entirely from the same fabric – no elastic, no binding, no part tight or uncomfortable. They say that the bands around the waist and leg allow for comfort and ease, whilst maintaining stability and security. Stop wondering and see for yourself. Wonderpants come in blaze red, black, grey, charcoal and yellow.
UPPAREL (formerly ManRags) is on a mission to the reduce the number of textiles that end up in landfill. It all started with a sock subscription, but now the brand is upcycling all sorts of textiles into quality, useful products and supporting organisations and charities on their journey to sustainability and circularity. The Upparel brand makes men’s underwear and socks in bold and bright colours, paying its garment workers a living wage and ensuring ethical working conditions. Mix and match, buy in a pack or grab a subscription.
Victoria-based brand Etiko sources its range of men’s underwear from a factory in India that is certified by Fair Trade USA to meet standards for labour rights, worker democracy and environmental performance. The factory demonstrates that it pays a living wage to its employees. The comfy trunks are made from Fairtrade and organic cotton. Etiko is certified B-Corp.
Bhumi makes men’s briefs, boxes, trunks and long johns in earthy colours. The undergarments are made from GOTS-certified and Fairtrade cotton. Bhumi is also certified by Fairtrade Australia which ensures a respect for the social, economic and labour rights of farmers and workers along the entire supply chain. Fairtrade Australia also encourages sustainable farming practices, protects the environment and improves the quality of health and well being for farmers and workers. A win for workers and a win for your underwear drawer.
The designers behind Merino Country are former sheep farmers, so it’s no surprise that their go-to fabric is high quality Australian merino wool. The brand makes basic pieces including briefs and boxers for men and other wardrobe staples too. Merino Country’s garments are ethically made in their factory in Queensland.
The Road produces a range of sustainable basics including men’s T-shirts and underwear. All of their garments are made from sustainably sourced cotton from GOTS- and Fairtrade-certified farms and mills and dyed using a zero liquid discharge system to stop wastewater run-off. Shop for men’s trunks in black and black and white stripes.