The weather’s starting to get cooler, and Fall has announced its arrival. As the temperature drops, who’s on the lookout for all the things that will make your life cozier than before? I mean, yeah, a fall and winter season spent in lockdown is not ideal, but to reassure you: you would have spent most of these two seasons indoors anyway. So, let’s stop cursing the pandemic (although I would definitely appreciate an end to it pronto!), and just focus on making the indoors as comfy as possible. Build your bed with ethical mattresses and cozy linen comforters. Get into your most comfortable clothing, and, to ward off the shivers, here’s a bunch of sustainable, ethical socks for winter – they are cute, stylish, and ethically made. They also make the perfect gift and ideal as stocking fillers too!
Keep Your Feet Warm: Ethical Socks for Winter
Check out these 16 awesome ethical sock brands (in alphabetical order, as always):
Their socks are made from environmentally-friendly and renewable materials, including Tencel, recycled polyester and recycled nylon. They have socks made from Merino wool, so watch out for that if you’d rather not buy socks made from animal products.
Vegan-certified socks made in India, these geometrically patterned socks are built from a blend of GOTS-certified Fair-Trade certified organic cotton, elastane, and polyamide. Check out their Socks That Plant Trees and Socks That Protect Turtles.
Earlier this year, Girlfriend Collective released Everyday GF, and socks are included in this collection. The socks are made from recycled plastic bottles. And not just that, you can use your Everyday GF socks until they wear out, and then mail them back to Girlfriend Collective to be recycled into new pairs (this program is in partnership with Unifi.) How cool is that!
Their very earthy-looking socks are made from natural, undyed, and unbleached fibre. The dyed pieces are made with natural dye by US dye artists. In addition, all of their packaging is compostable!
Colorful and ethical socks? Perfection! These socks are made from 98 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton, and the company follows ethical practices in its supply chain.
This employee-owned company uses environmentally friendly grown cotton or organic cotton, as well as recycled or reclaimed cotton. They recycle most of their waste, and employ environmentally friendly dyeing and finishing processes.
Looking for ethical men’s socks? Manrags’ socks are ethically made from 100% Egyptian cotton in Egypt. They have a sock subscription program – which I’m not so sure about – that you can check out here. They’re saved quite a lot of textile waste from the landfill, so their business model seems to be making a difference.
This brand makes ethically-produced, high-quality organic cotton socks that look basic but feel luxurious and cozy. The catch? They only make socks in basic colors. Which is fine; we can forget about prints and patterns and simply revel in the feel.
Socks made from upcycled and recycled materials, using a waterless and dye-free process. It’s really interesting – check out their process in this video:
Organic cotton blend socks made of 73-78% GOTS-certified organic cotton and nylon and elastane for stretch. PACT socks are made using GOTS-certified organic cotton and are produced in a Fair-Trade certified factory.
People Tree used to have one ankle-length sock style, and for variety they offered it in three different colors. But now they’ve upped their game. Check out their super cute (and comfy-looking) options! The socks are made of Fair-Trade certified GOTS-certified organic cotton.
Yeah, how do you pronounce this word? Anyway, Qnoop offers a range of sustainable organic cotton socks in a range of colors and styles.
Producing socks in a range of patterns and sizes – that look like they’d be super cozy! – Solmate is a Certified B Corporation and ethical company that treats their employees well. All their products are knit from pre-consumer, recycled cotton yarn.
Sustainable pantyhose! Wait, what? We don’t know when we will go to a formal event next, but we can certainly be prepared with ethically made pantyhose! Swedish Stockings create their pantyhose from pre and post-consumer nylon waste through an efficient recycling procedure that reduces energy and water consumption. They also have a recycling program.
Unique socks made from certified organic cotton, bamboo viscose and recycled polyester. They have an entire section on their website dedicated to socks, so you have a lot of options.
These are some of the most sustainable, ethically produced socks in the market. Do note that just because they’re more eco-friendly than others, it doesn’t mean they’re ideal by themselves; they’re just better than the alternatives. None of these, for instance, are biodegradable socks. Not all of them offer the option of recycling. So…it’s all a work in progress.
The best option, always, is to not buy anything new. Second-best? Buy sustainably and ethically made socks. Buy from companies (preferably local businesses) that care for and protect the environment, as much as possible.
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