I have a mild obsession with sustainable socks. Socks, in general, are awesome, but when they can be more sustainable, I fall in love a little. While looking for some holiday presents for the year, I came across a bunch of these awesome sustainable socks. Thought they might be of use to you.
Warrior does some of the best work when it comes to alpaca fur. It’s a renewable resource that is super comfortable and warm during the winter. If you’re looking for a nice lounge sock to wear around the house, go with alpaca instead of plastic microfiber. You get better warmth, less smell, and it won’t release toxic micro threads into the water system when you wash them.
Plus, alpacas are absolutely adorable. Why not support them?
Full disclosure: This is my cousin’s Sock line. She’s been working on this project for the past five years to bring sustainable American made socks back to manufacturing in my hometown of Reading, PA. Kate doesn’t advertise her socks as sustainable, but they certainly live up to the name. Made in the USA, with high-quality materials help reduce waste and promote minimalism. I’ve had a pair for YEARS and they still look great.
I needed a pair of socks that were no shows… and this was before I found smartwool. I found Stomper Joe becuase their socks are made from bamboo, don’t slip or smell as much as regular cotton socks. Since then, I was hooked. If you’re looking for a nice no-show sock, or even a running sock, these could be the ones for you.
4. Smartwool Socks – $19
Little known fact about me: I used to work at a canoe camp, and these were the go-to socks for our guides. Having to trudge through mud and rain and just all around unpleasantness, they turn to these because of the wool. Now, I’m not suggesting you need to go all out with the high-end back-country socks. The above sock is one that I’d use for every day.
Wool is great because it dries REALLY quick compared to conventional cotton socks. I was out in the rain the other day, on a trip to Chicago, and stepped into a puddle. At first I freaked out because I forgot to pack an extra pair of socks and still had two days to go on the trip. By the time I made it home, the socks were dry. I’m not joking. They were dry, even though they were soaked through just hours beforehand.
The best thing you can do sustainably wise when it comes to clothes is to buy clothes to last. Good quality socks are seriously one of the best investments I ever made. You can wear a single pair for a whole week if you really wanted to, and they will never smell, and they will still feel fresh. Having this freedom allows you to own less clothing, which is the #1 factor in sustainable resource consumption.
Sorry for the rant. I just really love these socks.
Ecosox does a pretty good job promoting environmentally friendly clothing. They aren’t very clear about their worker’s rights, so it’s a big unknown. Instead, it’s interesting to note the price. Clearly, the socks are made overseas, and there may not be as great of a quality as the other socks. But for $9 for a good pair of bamboo socks isn’t too bad. If you’re worried about the price of the other socks, this could be a great middle-ground.
6. Bamboo Viscose Socks – $10
Again, with this nice pair of bamboo socks. It is a much more sustainable socks material than even organic cotton. Bamboo doesn’t smell as much as cotton after a couple uses. If you’re into wearing the same socks over a couple day period, you can cut down on the total amount of washes you need to keep them fresh.
Hope you enjoyed these sustainable fashion backpacks. Finding sustainable fashion is hard, which is why these brands, along with a whole bunch more are added to my list of sustainable clothing companies.