Does Wearing Organic Cotton Underwear Really Matter? Yes – Here’s Why

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It’s pretty easy to think about what we put in our body, but not so much about what we put ON our body. But whether we think about it or not, the clothing we wear daily can actually have a major impact on our overall health and the health of our land. Hear us out.

We’re firm believers that you vote with your wallet – and we vote for clean, safe fabrics for down-there. Here’s why we’re only wearing organic cotton underwear. 

Natural fiber underwear is the “healthiest,” according to Gynecologists 

A 2003 study published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology suggested that underwear made from synthetic fabrics (like polyester and elastane) was associated with a higher risk of yeast infections in women. That’s not to say that you’ll definitely get an infection if you wear synthetic fabrics down there – but fabrics like organic cotton are much more breathable  and cut down on your potential risk.

Non-Organic Underwear May Have Traces of Chemicals 

It’s no secret that your skin is the largest organ for absorption. We care about what we put in our body, but what you put on your body is equally as important.

Unfortunately, many conventional fabrics are loaded with some of the most toxic chemicals. Glyphosate, chlorine bleach, ammonia, heavy metals and phalates are all used on natural and synthetic materials for unique reasons – but are they really necessary? Nope.

By choosing organic cotton, your fabrics are guaranteed to be free from harmful chemicals at both the agricultural and manufacturing levels. Cancer-causing substances (like the ones listed above) have zero reasons to be up in your delicate areas. 

Choosing Organic Materials Helps Healing Our Land

While it may not be our first thought when buying necessities like underwear, the unintended consequences of buying synthetic fabrics goes way beyond comfort and our health. 

Conventional fabrics are often non-biodegradable – meaning that old underwear you’re tossing may take up to 100 years to fully decompose. Organic cotton, on the other hand, can take as little as one to five months.

Additionally, the manufacturing of conventional fabrics leaves more chemical runoff than we think. Cotton is one of the most glyphosate (aka Round-Up) sprayed crops. This popular weed killer is a known carcinogen that destroys the gut and soil microbiome. Because of its heavy use on the majority of our nation’s crops, Glyphosate runoff leaches into waterways, our food, meat and even the clothing that we wear. 

By choosing organic – not just with clothing, but whenever possible – you’re choosing to support farming practices that save the integrity of our soil, water and land for generations to come. organic cotton underwear

You ultimately support safe working environments behind the scenes

Let’s take the above point a little bit further. By buying organic cotton and supporting organic practices, you’re creating a demand for safer working environments for the people behind the scenes. 

Here’s a tip: Check the label of the brand you’re looking at to make sure it has one of the two global certifications (GOTS and Oeko-Tex) to ensure absolutely no toxic substances are used in any process of the product’s manufacturing. The use of toxic chemicals and glyphosate has the potential to be extremely harmful to the health of the workers behind the scenes. 

Featured Image: @cayden.naughton // @knickeyofficial

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Editor’s Note: This article is not medical advice. We encourage you to consult with your trusted healthcare provider before making any decisions regarding your health & wellbeing. There are also some affiliate links throughout the article -The Hive uses commission from our affiliate advertisers (not from you) to fund operations of the business. 


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