Do your kids wear green underwear?
Organic cotton underwear for kids
After making the commitment to green my own underwear drawer, I decided to do the same for my husband and kids. You can read about my decision to "go green under there"on my first lens What color is your underwear? On that lens and What color is your underwear? For Men, I give information on what is available in organic cotton underwear for adults and where you can purchase it.
This lens focuses on organic cotton underwear for kids. Since I have sons, I can provide brief reviews (pun intended!) for the brands we have tried. I also include organic cotton underwear choices for girls. There is a plethora of organic cotton clothing options for babies ranging from diapers to whole outfits. However, once you get older than the toddler years and the kids are clearly not babies any more, there are fewer offerings.
Below you will find a list of organic cotton underwear brands for boys and girls, with comments on styles and colors available, general pricing information, and online stores where you can find them.
Lenses for Organic Cotton Baby Products - Check out these lenses for organic cotton clothing for babies
There are quite a number of lenses promoting organic cotton clothing and other organic products for babies, so rather than devote space to babies here - I'll direct you to some other high quality lenses.
- Organic Baby Products
EverythingMouse explains her reasons for switching to organic cotton cloth diapers and shows examples of the newest green diapering products. She then continues with other sorts of organic cotton clothing for babies.
- The Nothing But the Best Organic Products and Gifts for Baby
NancyOram gives a rundown of organic cotton baby products available on Amazon.com.
- Organic Baby
Erika-squidoo gives good reasons for raising your baby "organically." She has a blog called the Organic Baby Resource, which gives even more information and links to the latest news in the world of raising an "organic baby."
- Organically Made - Organic Cotton Infant & Children's Items
Organicallymade makes and appliques items for babies and kids from certified organic cotton. Her appliquÃ©d onesies are quite nice. She gives good information on organic cotton including links to more information.
What's available in kids organic cotton underwear?
A number of organic cotton clothing companies got their start when an entrepreneurial mother looked around for organic cotton clothing and found that there was not much available. Babies, being innocent and pure, were a perfect inspiration for the production and sales of sweet little clothes in organic cotton. As a result, there seems to be a plethora of organic cotton clothing, diapers, and accessories for babies and toddlers - at least compared to what is available for the somewhat larger child.
A few of these companies extended their lines to include larger kids at least until the kids 5/6 or 7/8 size range (Ecoland, kidbean, Under the Nile). A few of these companies make clothing primarily for adults and extended their size range down through kids as small as 3/4 size range (Clean Undies, Decent Exposures). Most include an underwear line for both boys and girls.
For boys, there are the three basic styles: briefs, boxer briefs, and boxers. For girls the styles generally include the classic full cut panty sometimes referred to as a "girl's brief" or undies and a hipster or modestly cut bikini-style. All the companies offer the underwear in Natural with no dyes or bleaches, some include color-grown cottons, and others include colors and prints produced from low-impact dyes.
In general, the quality of all the organic cotton underwear for kids that I have seen is very high.
Boys briefs, boxer briefs and girls briefs
Clean Undies is a brand name of the Organic Cotton Company, Inc. located in Toronto, Canada. They are one of the few companies in North America processing certified organic pima cotton from raw cotton to finished, comfortable, high quality certified organic products. Pima cotton is a generic name for extra-long staple (ELS) cotton
- Clean Undies makes briefs, boxer briefs, and boxers for boys.
- Boxers have one button.
- Clean Undies makes briefs (full cut panties) and bikini briefs for girls.
- All styles come in one color - natural.
- Elastic bands at waist and legholes are all covered.
- Available sizes: children 4, 5, 6, & Youth S, M, L, XL, XXL
Clean Undies underwear for boys and girls range in price from $16.95 to $17.95.
Rawganique sells Clean Undies briefs and bkini briefs for girls and briefs, boxer briefs, and boxers for boys. (prices as of 8/23/2012)
Boys briefs, boxer briefs, Girls undies
Ecobaby Organics, part of Pure-Rest Organics in San Diego, started as a family business in 1992. They are dedicated to providing environmentally- and health-friendly items. They promise to do the research to locate or create these products ranging from organic mattresses (Pure-Rest) to baby clothing and other supplies. They assure buyers that the organic cotton used in their products is organic in every step of the process. Although most of their clothing is specifically for babies they do have underwear for children in sizes up to 11/12. The cotton is certified organic, certified fair trade from India and the Control Union certificates are available on their website. The underwear is manufactured in India. Natural coloration is dye-free while colors are produced with low-impact dyes.
NOTE: This blurb was written from information available on the Ecobaby website during the summer of 2009. The website has since been changed and offers a lot less information. I have assumed that the information pertaining to the organic underwear has not changed. The company seems to be concentrating mainly on their line of organic mattresses and bedding and seems to be focusing less on their clothing lines.
- Boys briefs in natural, and sage stripes.
- Boys boxer briefs in navy.
- Girls undies in natural, green floral, lavender, and sage stripes.
- Available sizes: XS (3/4t), S(5/6), M(7/8), L (9/10), XL(11/12)
Ecobaby briefs and boxer briefs are about $9 per pair.
Ecobaby briefs and boxer briefs and girls briefs are available from the following online stores:
The Organic Company carries the girl's briefs: $19.95/2-pack.
Ecoland for toddlers up to 6T
Ecoland - A small, family-owned company that makes clothing from organically grown cotton. The cotton is GOTS certified and all processes from field to fabric finish are Skal certified. The underwear is made in the USA within 20 miles of their Buena Park, CA offices. This is a very environmentally friendly company.
- Ecoland makes briefs for boys and hipster style underwear for girls.
- The underwear is available only in the toddler/small child size range - from 2T to 6T.
- Both girls and boys are available in natural only.
Ecoland Review (from summer 2009)
I purchased a two-pack of Ecolandboys briefs about four years ago. They are well-made and still very soft after multiple washings. The only complaint I have concerning Ecoland is that their sizes for kids only go up to 6T (5/6) - so you have to jump to another brand once your son gets larger than this! I can recommend this brand.
Ecoland runs from $16 (girls) to $18 (boys) for a package of two. (prices as of 8/23/2012)
Ecoland can be purchased online at:
Amazon.com - see below.
Ecoland on Amazon.com - Girls hipster & boys briefs
Trendy French organic underwear for boys and girls
Peau-Ethique is a line of organic cotton clothing produced by C.A.BIO, a French woman-owned company based in Saint-Chamond, France. Their organic cotton products are GOTS certified. Their underwear is sewn in Turkey by a small factory that employs women from poor areas. They are committed to fair trade practises.
- Boys briefs are 100% org. cotton and are avaiable in blue or white. Boxer briefs are also available in white or blue and are 95% org cotton/ 5% elastane.
- Girls underwear come in three styles: brief, hipster/ bikini style, and a boys shorts style. Briefs are available in a butterfly print and lavender. Boys shorts come in lavender and white and a rose version is also available in a set.
The only US online store that carried Peau-Ethique organic underwear children's styles was Green Edge Kids. Unfortunately, Green Edge Kids went offline as of Dec. 31, 2012. There are a number of UK and European online stores that carry the kids line of this brand and there is always eBay! A quick search on March 8, 2013 did not get any results.
Under the Nile
Egyptian organic cotton for boys and girls
Under the Nile launched by Janice Massoud in 1999, designs and manufactures baby clothing in Egyptian organic cotton for the US market. They have a strong relationship with the SEKEM Initiative Farms in Egypt. The farms are Demeter and COAE certified and the cotton is USDA certified organic. Fair trade principles are observed at every step of the process. Their certifications are available online on the website. The dyes used are free of heavy metals and meet Demeter standards. Peroxide is used to white cotton (rather than bleach). Their main offices are located in California.
NOTE: Under the Nile has stopped making kids underwear except for training pants. You can still find a number of stores selling their stock of UTN underwear in limited sizes and colors. For the moment, I will leave the information on the website. (updated 8/26/2012)
Under the Nile Review from summer 2009
The Under the Nile organic cotton briefs I purchased when my 11.5 year old was 6, have been passed down to my other son and are still "hole-less" after 5+ years of washing! My boys find them comfortable. I can recommend this brand.
Prices and where to buy (prices as of 8/26/2012)
Under the Nile organic cotton underwear for kids at online stores below
GoodHumans has boys red briefs in size M for $7.50
Under the Nile on Amazon - What remains of older stock
This says Boys - but are obviously girls.
Two styles for BOYS and five styles for GIRLS
Decent Exposures is a woman-owned, socially responsible business, based in Seattle - famous (in some circles) for their UnBra, which they custom sew. They offer underwear in any of their fabrics including 100% organic cotton in nine colors and 90% organic cotton/ 10% lycra blend in ten colors.
- Decent Exposures offers two styles of underwear for boys: briefs and boxer briefs.
- There are five styles for girls: full briefs, hipster, bikini, french brief, and french hipster. The sizes for the girls are labeled K4-K10 at the bottom of the drop-down size menu.
- The100% organic cotton fabric choice comes in cream, light-weight cream, white, beige, pink, blue, periwinkle, navy, and black.
- They also offer a 90% organic cotton/10% lycra fabric choice in cream, white, beige, pink, lavender, blue, teal, sage, navy, and black.
Decent Exposures organic cotton underwear can be purchased through their website at decentexposures.com. Since Decent Exposures is a custom sewing house, you need to specify the organic cotton fabric by color. The prices include shipping within the US and range from $12 to $17 dependent on size and style.
Organic cotton underwear for boys & girls
Hanna Andersson was founded Gun and Tom Denhart in the early 1980s. Originally, they were selling clothing inspired by Swedish design made in Europe based on cotton clothing Gun remembered from childhood. The company, based in Portland Oregon, is no longer the family-run business having been sold twice, but retains the folksy image of "Hanna." Hanna Andersson is known for its high quality clothes, which are often passed down through siblings and onto cousins. Fifty percent of their clothes are certified under Oko-tex Standard 100 that includes the fabric as well as the buttons, threads, and zippers. They produce underwear for boys and girls in organic cotton.
- Hannah Andersson makes briefs, boxer briefs, and boxers for boys.
- Hannah Andersson makes classic undies (full cut panties) and hipsters for girls.
- Color and pattern choices change regularly. As of 8/23/2012, the colors and patterns below are available.
- Boys briefs are available in packs of three--choice of all white, or solid colors (navy, grey, blue), or stripes (green, navy, red), or prints (robots/monsters/stars).
- Boys boxer briefs come in solids (white, grey, navy), stripes (red/navy, grey/navy, blue/grey), and prints (monsters, stars).
- Boys boxers are available in stripes (navy or green) and have a button on the fly.
- Girls classic undies and hipsters are sold in three packs choice of all white or solids (lt purple, sky blue, purple) or (dk pink, lt green, lt pink).
- Girls classic undies and hipsters are also available in three packs of prints (floral, dots or stars, plaid) in pink, lavender, or white background.
Hanna Andersson Review (summer 2010)
Hanna Andersson is the brand of organic cotton underwear that I most recently purchased for my sons. They mainly wear the briefs but also have a few pairs of the boxer briefs and one son likes the boxers as well. These are sturdily constructed and remain very soft after many washings. The boys find them very comfortable.
Where to buy (prices as of 8/23/2012)
Purchase Hanna Andersson organic cotton underwear for kids through their website. Solid color boys briefs, girls classic undies, and girls hipsters are sold in 3 packs for $18. Three-packs of boys briefs, girls classic undies, and girls hipsters in stripes or prints are $20. Boys boxer briefs and boxers are $14 each.
Comparison chart - Brands of kids organic cotton underwear
Where its grown and manufactured, and certifications
Oko-Tex Standard 100
Have your tried any of these brands of organic cotton underwear for kids? What do you think?
Suggestions, comments, reviews welcome!