ethical mens underwear

Ethical Mens Underwear

ethical mens underwear

The other week I did a run-down of where to buy ethical womens 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.

As always seems to be the case when it comes to men’s ethical apparel, sadly, the market for ethical mens underwear is considerably smaller than the women’s market.  So you are a little more constrained, guys.  But don’t despair – I’ve tracked down some great companies for you today:

Ethical Mens Underwear Companies

DaDa

organic ethical underwear for men

DaDa is an Edinburgh based boutique underwear company making rather jaunty and stylish ethical mens underwear.  Made from bamboo and organic cotton in Sri Lanka to strict ethical guidelines, DaDa’s briefs, trunks and boxer shorts, make great soft and comfortable ethical under garments for the discerning gentleman.  Each pair is around £18, and their pastel or stripe styling is a breezy alternative to your run-of-the-mill plain white smalls.  (2017 edit – DaDa have sadly ceased trading).

BAM: Bamboo Clothing

Plymouth based Bam: Bamboo pants 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 pants are ethically produced in Europe and Turkey. Prices range from £12 to £18.

Living Crafts

Living Crafts are a German based company who make ethically produced basic pants, trunks and boxer shorts.  They are available in the UK online via By Nature, from £8.95.

Peau Ethique

Peau Ethique are 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.  They are currently in the sale for £13.75.

Do You Green

Do You Green are another French based outfit.  Although predominantly makers of ladies eco-friendly lingerie, they have branched out into ethical mens underwear.  Again a very limited selection of one pair is available on By Nature.  I promise I’m not sponsored by By Nature, it’s just as I said, the market for ethical men’s underwear in the UK is very very small!  Unusually produced from recycled white pine tree, apparently they are silky soft with a cashmere feel, yet with the breathability of linen.  They cost £15.95.

2017 edit – Do You Green are no longer available in the UK.

I hope you’ve found this guide to ethical mens 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.

Save Energy With One Simple Step #8

We’re up to tip number 8 of my Save Energy With One Simple Step series.  That’s a whole lot of potential energy savings to be made without doing an awful lot!

Today’s tip is about saving energy in the kitchen.  Which, whatever form of energy you’re talking about, then I am all for!

So, tip number 8:

microwaves more energy efficient

Microwave it.

I don’t know how you feel about microwaves.  Growing up we never had one as my parents worried about “rays”, and I never had one myself until my mid-twenties.  Then, when I worked in my first proper job I treated myself to one, and I’ve never been without one since.  I still don’t know about the “rays” (high-frequency radio waves) but what I do know is that modern microwaves can use around 50 to 65% less energy than an oven to cook your food, depending on what you’re cooking (according to the Consumer Energy Centre).

You see, microwaves work by using those high-frequency radio waves to heat water molecules inside the food.  This makes them ideal for cooking small quantities of food, very quickly.  With small quantities of food, not only do they cook in minutes (or less) but you’re also saving energy through the fact that you don’t need to preheat your oven.  My electric oven takes an age to heat up (15 minutes or so to 200 degrees C) so for every portion of food I cook in the microwave, I’m saving at least 25 minutes of oven electricity.

For large quantities of food, then it’s always more efficient to use your hob or oven, due to the larger content of water molecules and the differing way that hobs and ovens cook food.  In terms of energy efficiency – microwaves are the most energy efficient, followed by hobs, followed by ovens.  So look to cook your food on the hob first, before the oven, if you can.

So there you have it: for large portions of food – use your oven or hob.  For small portions of food – microwave it.  Apart from a baked potato – I hate microwaved baked potatos so I’ll give you that one exception!

And today, as I’m in a good mood, I’ll give you two tips for the price of one: remember to switch your microwave off at the wall when you’re done so you’re not wasting energy powering the microwave’s clock!

AND as I feel like spoiling you even more, here’s a link to some surprising uses for microwaves, including sterilising sponges without the use of bleach, and sterilising garden soil to make it fit for planting seedlings in.  Don’t say I’m not good to you!

See you next Thursday for the next tip, in the meantime keep your eye out for my next post, coming up shortly!

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