Pre-holiday times, many of us are thinking underwear. Why IS this? I'm guessing it's that for many of us, gift-giving time meant getting a few great toys and lots of new socks and underwear. The timing makes sense; what better way to start the new year than with some fresh threads next to our skin?


And if you're going to go organic with only one clothing category, this is the one. A plethora of toxic chemicals are used to dye, process, size and protect fabrics until they get to our hands, and even when washed, these toxins can stick around. So for the clothes you wear closest to your body, going organic makes sense. 


PACT underwear is not only made from organic cotton, and printed with some seriously cute, colorful prints, but the company donates a portion of its profits to charitable groups — and even get inspiration for prints from those campaigns and groups. 



Their latest collection, PACT for Japan, benefits Architecture for Humanity's reconstruction efforts in Shizugawa, a town in Japan in which 70 percent of the structures were destroyed by the tsunami. A work-house and oyster bar for a co-op of 15 fishermen is planned. Why this project?
"The economy of Shizugawa rests on its fishing industry, so getting fishermen back to work is a crucial first step in revitalizing the town. The work-house will provide a warm space for fishermen and will become the new commercial center of the community. After the project is complete and 15 fishermen can begin working again, so can the people who support them: the local lunch lady, the delivery men, the ice suppliers, and on and on, thus breathing life back into a town that was nearly destroyed by the tsunami."

Starre Vartan ( @ecochickie ) covers conscious consumption, health and science as she travels the world exploring new cultures and ideas.