An underwear review. Who would have thought? I feel this is relevant because people are slowly becoming aware of the toxic nature of mainstream clothing brands, and are seeking other options. Naturally, people will want to know more about those options and if they should invest in them.
While detoxing your wardrobe, it’s important to begin with underwear since it covers a particularly sensitive area of the body, and the skin absorbs what we put next to it. Often, conventional undergarments are made with nylon, a synthetic fibre made from petrochemicals, and then finished and dyed with any number of chemicals that can bioaccumulate and cause problems ranging from cancer to hormone disruption, including sexual deformations and infertility.
Since conventional garment manufacturers do not disclose what chemicals are used in their products on the label, it is better to invest in brands that are openly committed to avoiding the use of synthetic fibres and chemicals in order to safeguard our health.
My search for safe underwear options, led me to PACT Apparel, probably one of the only known organic cotton undie-makers. Their products are GOTS Cotton certified, made with non-toxic dyes in sweatshop-free facilities committed to fair worker treatment.
So far, I have tried three styles of their organic underwear; the boy short, the bikini and the thong. All three are made with soft-feeling cotton, and good quality. My favorites have gone through the wash quite a few times and are still standing strong. Here are my thoughts on each;
Boy Shorts: My new favourite underwear. Perfect fit, soft, I’m in love. I like to wear this style under jeans because you can’t see the panty line. They are also suitable for under skirts and dresses because the full coverage gives a more secure feeling.
Bikini: They fit kind of small, which I find odd since I bought the same size as the Boy Shorts. The band around the edges lightly presses into my skin, making it impossible to wear them with pants or skirts because the line is so visible. While they are comfortable, I cannot wear them with anything but baggy sweatpants. Perhaps if I had have bought a size larger, they would fit better.
Thong: Again, so small, which kind of makes me a little bit disappointed at the sizing inconsistency since I bought the same size as the boy shorts. Unfortunately I cannot wear these at all, especially since there is a band all around the edges, which makes it really uncomfortable and tight.
Conclusion: I still like Pact Apparel and recommend their underwear, but would suggest getting a size up in the thong and bikini from what you normally are. I have their tights, which I think are nice quality and comfortable. I have recently ordered some organic cotton t-shirts from them, which will be featured soon.
Have you tried Pact Organic Underwear? What do you think about them and what are your favourite styles?
Have you tried any other organic underwear brands?