The other week I did a run-down of where to buy ethical women’s underwear and promised I would write an ethical mens underwear guide too. So, true to my word, here is a guide to some of the ethical options for male pants, briefs, and boxers, depending on your preference. I’ve also updated the article for 2020, so that it is bang up to date.
As always seems to be the case when it comes to men’s ethical apparel, the market for ethical mens underwear is considerably smaller than the women’s market. So you are a little more constrained. But don’t despair – I’ve tracked down some great companies for you today.
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Ethical Mens Underwear Companies
BAM: Bamboo Clothing
Plymouth based Bam: Bamboo* pants and boxers are made of exactly what the name suggests: bamboo (as well as being blended with a bit of cotton!). These have rave reviews from sportsmen and outdoorsy types looking for high-performance technical underwear in basic colourways.
Their boxers and pants are ethically produced in Europe and Turkey, with prices range from £12 to £18. Additionally, a mix and match service is offered where if you buy 3 selected garments you receive 20% off.
Living Crafts is a German-based company that makes ethically produced basic pants, trunks, and boxer shorts. These are available in the UK online via By Nature, from £8.95.
Organic Basics* pride themselves on selling, well, sustainable basics fairly made in Europe from GOTS certified organic cotton. Organic Basics offer basic colours, timeless styles, and no seasonal collections to minimise wastage. With a range of sizes from S to XXL, they cover a range of shapes and sizes. Prices for underwear range from £30 for a pack of two organic cotton boxer shorts, upwards. Use discount code WENDYOBC to take 10% off your order.
Peau Ethique is a French-based mother and daughter company, specialising in underwear. With transparent and ethical operating procedures, your pants and conscience can be clear! Again, their ethical mens underwear is available in the UK through FabOrganics, who have a very limited selection of, ahem, one basic pair of boxer shorts. The boxers are currently in the sale for £13.75.
WAMA hemp underwear* is a new one for me in the ethical mens underwear arena. WAMA makes soft and stretchy men’s boxers, trunks, and briefs from hemp, a crop that generally requires no pesticides and very little water, and renews the soil with each growth cycle.
The downside is that WAMA ship their underwear from America. Worldwide shipping is a flat fee of $20, regardless of the order value, but bear in mind you may have to pay a customs charge on your order if you are in the UK.
I hope you’ve found this guide to ethical men’s underwear helpful! Let me know if you find any other makers/stockists in the comments below and I’ll be sure to update the article!
Images from DaDa.