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We highlighted some brands that have gone green and are now offering eco-friendly underwear, but if you haven’t made the switch by now there’s probably not much more we can say. Or maybe you just need a little more green guidance. So, because pictures are worth a thousand words, we present to you the best options for eco-friendly underwear for when you do decide to green up your undie drawer.
C-in2 Zen Slider, $26
Zen is the Japanese word for the Buddhist term dhyāna, which means “absorption.” While the Buddhists probably use it to talk about a meditative state, it’s appropriate for this moisture-wicking brief, made of sustainable bamboo blended with cotton and spandex for an enlightened fit.
Andrew Christian Almost Naked Trunk, $33
Andrew Christian’s high-quality construction and appealing design make this bamboo-based rayon trunk something to pull on if you’re in need of a green fix. The hang-free pouch lets you help nature and leaves you living au naturel.
Gässling Falsterbo, $44.85
This Swedish newcomer bills itself as a brand of eco friendly underwear for style conscious men. Their certified organic cotton is made in India, and their factory in Estonia is tightly controlled to meet their requirements. The buttons are also a nice touch.
Rawganique Contour Sports Briefs, $21
Certified organic cotton in an attractive package comes from Rawganique, a small brand producing only environmentally-friendly, sustainable products produced without sweatshop labor in the EU. They also sell underwear in hemp if that’s your bag, man.
aussieBum Banana Brf, $30.12
This slim brief made with real banana fiber should cover your banana well. aussieBum’s famous construction and soft white organic cotton, blended with the bark from banana trees, combine to make a brief you won’t want to peel off.
Rambler’s Way Boxer Brief, $110
100% superfine Rambouillet wool from American sheep — softer than cotton, lighter than silk, and produced with a process whose only emission is “baa.” Rambler’s Way is from the founders of Tom’s of Maine, and also uses natural indigo, red madder, osage, and logwood as dyes.
Milk Fiber with Pocket, $29.99
Spun from milk protein fiber, this trunk feels softer than buttered calfskin. This unique textile is made from reclaimed dairy byproduct (that’s spoiled milk) and has antibacterial and skincare properties, too. Safe for the lactose intolerant.
PACT Light Trunk, $22
PACT sources its products from Egedeniz in Turkey, a responsible and eco-certified factory which is close to the cotton fields it uses to weave cloth. The profits from this cotton/elastane blend trunk will also go towards rebuilding a fishermen’s work-house destroyed in last year’s Tohoku earthquake in Japan.
Pants to Poverty Hotstripe Fly Front with Blue Piping, $32
With the appeal of certified organic and Fairtrade cotton, Pants to Poverty sells enough of its underpants to fund an anti-child labor initiative in the Indian communities where its factories are based. Certainly doesn’t hurt that the pants — that’s what British people call underwear — look the way they do.
Piado Ripe Low Waist Brief $20
Offering a bamboo/lycra blend in an appealing modern low cut brief, Piado goes a step further and sends the underwear to you in recycled paper packaging. Now, if only it could be bamboo paper!
Sartoria Shorts, $50
“Upcycled” merino wool or cashmere with a cotton gusset on the inside means that these Canadian short-shorts were responsible for almost no pollutants being released — and they look great, too.
Make it Good Favorite Glow in the Dark Solar System, $26
This Portland, OR-based brand takes reclaimed cotton and hand print a glow-in-the-dark Solar System design on the black trunks. Light up the night while lamenting light pollution in these.
Now go, march on, and get green!