Space-age underwear is now a thing of the present—and you don’t have to be on a mission to Mars to enjoy the benefits. These new versions of the classics use cutting-edge technology that is currently only being used in space suits and military performance clothing.
Say hello to Organic Basics’ SilverTech boxer briefs, T-shirts and socks. This Danish company blends its premium organic cotton with elastane (for stretch) and Flexsil Performance silver, which is spun from pure silver and polyester. Call it underwear alchemy.
The ingenious mix means the underwear helps regulate your temperature and reduce sweating, killing 99.9% of odor-causing bacteria and making sweaty smells a thing of the past.
The company wants the busy modern human to have underwear that will stay fresh all day long. From long hours in the office to a workout at the gym, men should be able to feel comfortable and secure. Though they began just with men’s underwear, they’ve expanded to offer women’s, too.
Freshness is obviously an important quality (no unpleasant odors, thanks), but temperature control is a major selling point, too. Overheating is uncomfortable, but it is also often blamed for causing fertility issues in men. Organic Basics says: “Forty-two percent of Danish men are having trouble impregnating a woman. One of the reasons for this is the heat disturbance that happens during the day in the testicular area. This is typically caused by two things—either too tight underwear or simply too bad underwear.” Yikes!
While SilverTech underwear keeps you from overheating, it doesn’t just keep you cool yearlong. It can also give warmth in the place you’ll appreciate it most during the frosty days of winter.
And of course, making an undergarment that is comfortable is a crucial factor. Let’s face it: if your underwear isn’t comfortable, you’re not comfortable. Luckily, the clever designers have fine-tuned a fabric that will pamper those sensitive parts.
Plus, this is some of the most durable underwear you’ll find. The cloth is manufactured to last 10 or more years, says the company. And, since the silver helps control microbial growth, that potentially halves the number of machine washes it requires, the brand adds, saving us time as well as water and soap costs. (Of course, it may take time for us to de-program ourselves from Mom’s warning about wearing clean underwear when you leave the house in case you get hit by a bus.)
Reducing water consumption is one way Organic Basics aims to be a responsible, sustainable business—another reason they’ve designed such a durable product.
“The fashion industry is a dirty bastard,” the company says on its website. “We don’t like it that way… We want to make fashion sustainable and sustainability fashionable.”
The brand sources its organic cotton material in Turkey and manufactures the underwear with a Turkish producer whose process uses solar and wind power. Even the packaging is green: craft paper, and 100 percent biodegradable.