10 Ethical Lingerie Brands For Sustainable Underwear
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Few things are as personal as what we’re wearing under our everyday wardrobe. Our underwear starts our day with us; it should be comfortable, make us feel confident and effortlessly sexy, and—ideally—reflect our values for ethics and sustainability.
There are a growing number of ethical and sustainable clothing brands that respect both people and the planet. But ethical lingerie and sustainable underwear brands—especially ones that make us look and feel fantastic—are fewer and farther between.
If you’re ready to update your everyday essentials to underwear that is responsibly made, sustainable, and even organic, check out our favorite sustainable lingerie brands below. Then step up your next layer of comfies with our guides to sustainable athletic wear and pajamas.
*Article updated November 2022
Ethical & Sustainable | Fair Trade Certified, GOTS certified organic cotton, carbon-offset shipping, recycled & biodegradable packaging, donation program for used clothes
Size Range | XS–2X
Prices Start At | $25 for bras, $14 for underwear
Pact’s cotton basics help make the world a better place. This ethical brand goes to great lengths to make sure its entire supply chain—from the planting of the organic cotton to the final sewing and everything in between—is as clean and responsible as possible. This super-soft underwear is made using certified organic cotton (with a small blend of elastane for longevity and fit), and finished in certified Fair Trade factories. Don’t sleep on the multi-packs and fun patterns!
Ethical & Sustainable | Natural dyes, ethically hand-crafted in Italy, family-run workshops
Size Range | 28A–40DD, 0–24
Prices Start At | $28 for bras, $18 for underwear
Cosabella has been making its luxury lingerie in Italy since its launch in 1983. Handmade in family-run workshops by local artisans using Renaissance-era techniques, Cosabella’s bralettes, boyshorts, babydolls, and more are made from lace, mesh, and satin-like fabrics. With the brand’s main color lab located in Camo, Italy, the team delivers nearly 2,000 styles in 100+ colors using natural dyes. This expansive collection includes tween, men, and maternity wear, too, with a helpful sizing guide.
Ethical & Sustainable | Inclusive nude options, inclusive sizing, vertically integrated production
Size Range | 30A–44H, XS–XXXL
Prices Start At | $68 for bras, $20 for underwear
CUUP knows that 32B isn’t one-size-fits-all. That’s why the brand has bras in 50+ (yes, really!) sizes ranging from A to H. All you need to do to find your right fit is take a simple quiz. Plus, you can follow up with a complimentary fitting session. Tried and tested by our editors—read our CUUP bra review here—CUUP partners with a vertically integrated production facility to ensure that every bra is of the highest quality. From sheer bras to supportive swimwear to cozy undies, you’ll find it all.
4. Girlfriend Collective
Ethical & Sustainable | SA8000 certified ethical production, recycled & sustainable materials, circular & take-back initiatives, inclusive sizing, recyclable packaging, eco-friendly dyes
Size Range | XXS–6XL
Prices Start At | $28 for bralettes, $18 for underwear
Girlfriend Collective, best known for its popular athleisure, has expanded to include bras and undies. Each pair is made with recycled plastic water bottles—and can be recycled again through its ReGirlfriend initiative when you no longer need it. We love how thoughtful Girlfriend is about the details—from squat-resistant underwear straps (the struggle!) to inclusive sizing through 6XL, to offering the most gorgeous colors.
Ethical & Sustainable | Climate Neutral & Fair Trade Certified, GOTS & OEKO-TEX certified organic & sustainable materials, recycling program, eco-friendly packaging, gives back
Size Range | XXS–3XL, maternity underwear
Prices Start At | $48 for bras, $17 for underwear
Knickey’s underwear puts health first, knowing that millions of us suffer from infections due to toxins found in and on our undies. Instead, the team uses certified organic cotton that’s free from toxic chemicals and carcinogens for its range of thongs, bikinis, briefs, and bralettes. Our editor swears by the supportive keyhole bra (no underwires, and still all the oomph!). And don’t even get us started on the high-rise brief—we wear it straight out of the clean laundry basket, it’s that comfy. Knickey will take old undies once they’re ready to be retired and recycle them into new materials like insulation, gifting you 15% off your order as a thank you!
Ethical & Sustainable | Public Benefit Corporation, 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, compostable and recyclable packaging, fair trade production
Size Range | XS–3XL
Prices Start At | $22 for thong, $40 for tank
The founders of Oddobody created their brand on the single enduring rule their mothers taught them growing up: that underwear should be cotton. The breathable, compostable fabric is ideal for healthy vulvas, so every pair is made from the highest quality, 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. With soft fabrics and comfortable fits (no riding!), Oddobody is one of our favorite underwear brands for lounging and sleeping. As a PBC, the brand is committed to opening up dialogues about our bodies, so each purchase comes with an artfully made body manual that offers body-related educational content (think: an intro to the pelvic floor, vulva care, and female sexual pleasure) through collaborations with experts. So cool!
Ethical & Sustainable | OEKO-TEX certified organic bamboo, WRAP certified ethical production, recycled packaging, gives back to various causes
Size Range | XS–4XL
Prices Start At | $19.95 for bras, $13.95 for underwear
Boody keeps things ultra-simple with its cozy underwear collection. Made with viscose from organic bamboo, these sustainable undergarments are comfortable enough to become a staple in your wardrobe. You'll love the breathability of this fabric—it keeps you cool in the summertime and warm in the winter, thanks to bamboo's thermo-regulating qualities. We’ve tried Boody’s racerback sports bra and it’s the one we reach for from our drawer again and again. We recommend it for larger cup sizes for softness and support. In addition to Boody’s underwear, the brand also offers socks, activewear, and children's clothing; shop bamboo basics for the whole family!
8. Organic Basics
Ethical & Sustainable | Certified B Corp, low-waste & ethical production, GOTS certified organic & sustainable materials, recycled packaging, gives back to environmental causes
Size Range | 30A–38C, XS–XL
Prices Start At | $27 for bras & underwear
Organic Basics lives up to the motto of “Basically Better Made” with its incredible everyday essentials. The team first and foremost focuses on sustainable materials—like regenerative organic cotton and TENCEL—as well as ethical production. From bras to briefs, the brand also offers multi-packs of its most-loved sets and pieces, so that you can easily make the switch to a more sustainable underwear drawer!
Ethical & Sustainable | Certified B Corp, Climate Neutral Certified, WRAP, BSCI, SA8000, or Fair Trade certified ethical manufacturing, upcycled & organic materials, recycled packaging, environmental initiatives
Size Range | XS–XXL
Prices Start At | $40 for bras, $18 for underwear
Breathable and lightweight, tentree’s underthings are as soft as they are sustainable. They’re made with TENCEL, organic cotton, and REFIBRA™ lyocell, where upcycled cotton scraps are turned into cotton pulp and then combined with wood pulp; even the elastic trims are made using recycled materials. Production and packaging are carried out within miles of each other, so the supply chain is kept short, too. Plus, when you buy from this certified B Corp, every purchase plants 10 trees—caring for the planet has never felt so comfortable.
Ethical & Sustainable | Recycled & sustainable materials, ethical production in LA, fair wages, recycled & recyclable packaging
Size Range | A–DDD cup, S–3X
Prices Start At | $59 for bras, $24 for briefs
Proclaim is an inclusive nude underwear label from the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Designed, cut, and sewn locally, these undies and bralettes are made from sustainable materials like Cupro, TENCEL, and even recycled plastic. We love the varying shades and size options through 3X, the free domestic returns and exchanges, and bodysuits and swimwear for every look. Proclaim currently ships to US, Canada, the UK, and Australia.