My five-year-old hates underwear. I don’t understand it, but I have to convince him every day that it should be part of his outfit. For a solid six months when he was four, I gave up and just let him run around in his shorts or pants without them. (He even learned the term, “Going commando.”) When he turned five, we convinced him that part of being a “big kid” is wearing underwear, and I headed to the store to get him some new ones. Now he wears it (most days), and his favorite are these super soft Pokemon pairs that I found at Kohl’s.
All that to say, comfort matters, especially when it comes to undergarments.
Good news: you can have the most comfortable undies, tanks, tees, socks, and leggings you’ve ever worn, AND still stick to our living lightly goals. The best news: while many of the changes I’ve made require me to spend a bit more in order to shop more ethically, this one doesn’t cost much (if any!) more than I normally would.
Enter PACT Organic.
This is the company that tipped me over the edge on this adventure. During my “no spend” year (see my previous post, “Why ‘living lightly’?” if you don’t know what I’m talking about.), I made the caveat that if I needed something that would be a little icky to buy second hand, I would look for a better place to shop than my local Walmart.
My friend Carrie had heard about PACT and had some of their socks. I decided to try them out when I needed a few tanks. (I wear them under everything, and my other ones were starting to look see-through.) I was hopeful that they would be sufficient, and my hopes were blown away when I got them in the mail. Super soft, great design, and a perfect fit.
I now wear PACT tanks, undies, and t-shirts, and have even gotten some for the rest of my family. All of their products are made of incredibly soft organic cotton. Plus the cotton is fair-trade, and the factories the clothing is made in are also fair trade certified. Here’s what they have to say about their products, from their “ABOUT” page on the website:
We promise to do no harm.
We source 100% organic cotton: only and always. We seek out Fair Trade Certified™ factories. We use eco friendly materials and practices everywhere humanly possible, and we don’t stop there. We endlessly search for ways to keep improving because comfort should never come at the cost of other people or the planet.
We promise to not be gross.
Toxic dyes, pesticides and bad attitudes have no place in your clothes. After all, there’s nothing more personal than what you put on your skin, so we take clothing VERY personally. Our ingredients are nice and clean, and our approach is just plain nice. We’d rather make friends than compromises.
They advocate for awareness on their social media, and their customer service is top notch. They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and the return process is painless. I could not love this company more.
And as a bargain shopper, they earn my complete devotion with their sales. Their products are fairly priced to begin with, and there’s a different sale every week or two, with dresses for $20-25, socks and undies for $10 or less, tanks for $10-15. The best was the $7 t-shirt sale, which I’m still waiting to see again. I wait for a sale, and then I stock up on what I need.
Want to try it out? Their website is wearpact.com, but if you click this link or the one above, you’ll get 20% off your first purchase (and I’ll get a referral credit, too).
Hopefully they’ll start making boys undies soon, so I can convince this silly kid of mine to wear them… wish me luck!