Ethical Underthings: The Ultimate List

Ethical underwear can be difficult to track down. In searching for an ethical source for underthings, aside from the actual ethics of supply chain and production, you're going to run into three big issues that may compromise your efforts to source "100% ethical" garments. 

1. Synthetic Fabrics
Because of the nature of most underwear (we want our underwear to be stretchy!), There's almost always synthetic content included in the fabrics used to produce them. Even more eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton or bamboo will have to have some spandex in there to keep them fitting nicely through a full day's wear. Bras are even worse, when you think about the foam padding, wires, little plastic bits, and elastic required to make your favorite t-shirt bra. 

2. A lack of "supportive" options
There are quite a few ethical brands out there offering soft cotton bras, but very few offering molded cup or padded bras. 

3. Cost
Ethical underwear is much more expensive than the $4.00 underwear bin at Target. Expect to pay between $60.00-$100.00 for a good bra and no less than $10.00 for a pair of underwear. 

With those little warnings out of the way, here's a list of underwear companies that are doing things better than conventional brands. 

Image Via Base Range

Image Via Base Range

Bras with Support: 
Decently ethical bras with underwire, padding, or molded cups. For those of us who need a bit more support than a cotton bralette can offer. 
Naja (made ethically in Colombia, some recycled fabrics)
Hanky Panky (made in the USA) 
Azura Bay (made by various ethical brands in Canada, Italy, etc.)
Do You Green? (made in France with eco friendly materials) 
Najla (made in the USA, organic cotton) *appears to be out of stock
Nico (made in Australia with eco friendly fabrics) 

Image Via Naja 

Image Via Naja 

Bralettes:
Soft bras that offer less support but more comfort! These types of underthings are easier to produce using entirely natural materials. 
Araks (produced in the USA, some natural fabrics) 
Base Range (produced ethically in Portugal, natural and organic fabrics)
Woron (produced ethically in Europe, eco-friendly fabrics) 
Brook There (made in the USA, natural fabrics) 
Anekdot (made in Germany, some deadstock and recycled fabrics) 
Azura Bay (made by various ethical brands in Canada, Italy, etc.)
Svala (made in LA, eco-friendly and deadstock fabric) 
Blue Canoe (made in the USA, natural fabrics) 
Between The Sheets (Made in the USA) 
Do You Green? (made in France with eco friendly materials) 
Luva Huva (made in London with organic cotton, bamboo, and soy fabrics) 
Jonsey (made in the USA) 
Pansy (organic cotton, made in the USA) 
Nico (made in Australia with eco friendly fabrics) 
Under the Root (made in the USA with fair trade hemp/organic cotton) 

Image Via PACT

Image Via PACT

Ethical Underwear
Hipsters, briefs, thongs... something for everybooty. 
Base Range (produced ethically in Portugal, natural and organic fabrics)
PACT (fair trade certified, organic cotton)
Thunderpants (organic, made in New Zealand) 
Thinx (made ethically in Sri Lanka) 
Naja (made ethically in Colombia, some recycled fabrics) *this link gives you $15 off* 
Hanky Panky (made in the USA) 
Make it Good (made in the USA) 
Mighty Good Undies (fair trade, organic cotton)
Araks (produced in the USA, some natural fabrics) 
Woron (produced ethically in Europe, eco-friendly fabrics) 
Brook There (made in the USA, natural and organic fabrics) 
Anekdot (made in Germany, some deadstock and recycled fabrics) 
Azura Bay (made by various ethical brands in Canada, Italy, etc.)
Svala (made in LA, eco-friendly and deadstock fabric) 
Blue Canoe (made in the USA, natural fabrics) 
Between The Sheets (made in the USA)
Do You Green? (made in France with eco friendly materials)
Luva Huva (made in London with organic cotton, bamboo, and soy fabrics)  
Jonsey (made in the USA) 
Pansy (organic cotton, made in the USA) 
Nico  (made in Australia with eco friendly fabrics) 
Under the Root (made in the USA with fair trade hemp/organic cotton) 

Ethical Lingerie
The slinky, lacy, strappy, beautiful things that might not be practical for all-day wear... but of which every wardrobe needs a few. 
Andree Ciccarelli (made in NYC) 
Daisy & Elizabeth (Made in the USA) 
Style Saint (Milled, Dyed, Cut & Sewn in Los Angeles)  
Brook There (made in the USA, natural and organic fabrics) 
Azura Bay (made by various ethical brands in Canada, Italy, etc.)
Ayten Gasson (made in Britain) 
Clare Bare (made in the USA with eco-friendly, vintage, and salvaged fabrics)
Between The Sheets (Made in the USA) 

Do you know of any ethical underwear brands I've missed? Feel free to leave a note in the comments section of this post and I'll update the list!