Last Updated on February 24, 2022 by The Filtery Staff
We recently talked about organic cotton underwear and why it’s better for your health and the environment. There’s another natural and non-toxic material that’s also great for your health as well as that of the planet: hemp!
In this article, we’ll talk briefly about why hemp is such a wonderful textile (for clothing as well as undergarments) and then we’ll give you our favorite brands for eco-friendly, organic, and non-toxic hemp underwear, panties, boxers, and bras for all genders.
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What are the Benefits of Hemp for Clothing and Underwear?
Compared to synthetics like polyester, hemp is more breathable and more absorbent. This is especially important for underwear because fabrics that are not breathable or absorbent can lead to things like yeast infections.
Not only is it breathable, but hemp also has insulating properties, which means it can keep you warmer in cooler climates and seasons.
Hemp is actually a very strong and durable natural fiber (it can actually be up to five times stronger than cotton)! Plus, it can hold color well too, which means your hemp clothing and underwear won’t fade nearly as fast as other fabrics.
Antibacterial / Antimicrobial
Hemp also has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties due to its naturally-occurring cannabinoids, alkaloids, and other bioactive compounds. Again, this is great news when it comes to things like yeast infection prevention and overall health for your private parts.
Soft, Strong, & Sustainable
Hemp is actually one of the most sustainable textiles available. It can grow without pesticides or herbicides, and it doesn’t require very much water either. Not only that, but it has regenerative properties, which means it gives as much as it takes in relation to the soil. It can grow very quickly and densely, meaning it uses up less land compared to other crops.
Hemp is also not picky when it comes to climate. It can be grown in many different parts of the world, which can help contribute to local economies and also cut down on overall carbon emissions from shipping.
Additionally, all of the parts of hemp can be used for different purposes (stalks, leaves, flowers, etc.), which means it’s a great zero-waste plant.
And one last magical characteristic of hemp fabric is that it actually gets softer with each wash!
Why Is Hemp Underwear Currently More Expensive?
While shopping, you might notice that hemp underwear tends to be a bit more expensive than organic cotton underwear.
This is mostly because hemp is still rarer; it’s not grown or used as much as cotton. This is due to the way in which the hemp crop got caught up in the War on Drugs and was outlawed from being grown in the U.S all the way up until 2018!
We hope that as more farmers begin growing this beneficial and sustainable crop, it will become more affordable for everyone.
In the meantime, for those who can afford it, the slightly higher price of hemp underwear can be justified by the fact that it’s more durable, thus will last longer than other types of (cheaper) underwear!
Is There 100% Hemp Underwear?
Most of the brands below use a fabric blend that combines hemp with organic cotton and a little bit of spandex or lycra for the most comfort.
If you’re looking for 100% hemp underwear, Wolf x Rose carries a 100% hemp boxer brief and Rawganique carries a pair of 100% hemp boxers. Unfortunately, there aren’t currently any 100% hemp panties yet. This is probably because hemp by itself would likely be too bunchy and not stretchy enough for what most women prefer.
P.S. If you’re looking for related articles about other types of non-toxic and organic underwear, check these out:
- TENCEL underwear
- most supportive and comfortable organic bras & bralettes
- organic boxers & underwear for men
- made in the USA organic cotton underwear for women
- organic plus-size underwear
- organic thongs
The 9 Best Brands for Hemp Underwear & Bras
Now, without further ado, here are our picks for the best brands for non-toxic and sustainable hemp underwear and bras.
Carries: Briefs and bralettes for women
Magi makes comfy underwear that blends hemp with GOTS certified organic hemp and a bit of lycra. Everything is made ethically and transparently in Portugal.
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Carries: Boxer briefs, trunks, boxers, and briefs for men; Bralettes and various styles of underwear for women
Hemp underwear is WAMA’s thing. Since it’s what they focus on, it’s definitely the most popular hemp underwear brand currently on the market. They developed their own hemp fabric, combining it with organic cotton and a little bit of spandex to get the perfect feel and fit. Their underwear is made ethically in China and carries various certifications and associations, such as OEKO-TEX, Green America, PETA-approved Vegan, National Hemp Association, and BSCI.
Carries: Bras, briefs, thongs, and more for women & men
EmMeMa is one of the only brands that carries a more traditional hemp bra—they offer several different styles of bras and bralettes. Everything is made by hand in Canada. They also carry a lot of organic cotton underwear as well.
Carries: A range of men’s, women’s, and genderless boxers and briefs
All of Object Apparel’s garments are made in Detroit, Michigan out of GOTS certified organic textiles, natural plant dyes, non-toxic water-based inks, and original artwork (they have some super cute and unique designs!).
Their hemp blends also include organic cotton and a small amount of spandex. They also have a lot of options that are mostly just organic cotton as well (including bras).
Carries: Boxer briefs for men and panties for women
Bad’s underwear is made with GOTS organic cotton, hemp, lycra, and low-impact dyes. They are elastic-band-free and come in black, white, and natural. They’re manufactured by a small team in Southern California using a technique called “flatlock stitching” to reduce fabric bulking and create a better fit.
Rawganique is committed to making completely safe, sustainable, toxin-free clothing and home goods. They carry a wide variety of underwear for men and women; a lot of it is made out of other non-toxic and eco-friendly materials like organic cotton and linen, but they do have several pairs of 100% hemp boxers too.
Everything is vegan, free from toxic chemicals, dyes, and plastics, and ethically made in Europe.
Carries: Boxers and boxer briefs for men; Various underwear styles for women
This brand was actually started by a celebrity fashion designer who was inspired to start getting toxins out of the garments he wore. They have a number of different types of underwear, from 100% hemp to a hemp & organic cotton blend. For women, they carry thongs and various kinds of briefs. Their hemp and cotton is GOTS certified organic and their waistbands are made from natural rubber trees.
Everything is made in the USA from start to finish: the hemp and cotton is grown in California, the plant-based, non-toxic dyes are harvested from small farms in Tennessee and California, and then everything is cut and sewn in CA as well.
Not only will you get an eco-conscious and sustainable product to outlast most undergarments with hemp underwear for women, you get satisfaction from a comfortable, healthy, and durable product!
Image Credits: Cover Image Credit: Object Apparel. All product photos belong to respective brands