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On the lookout for ethical socks and tights?  I’ve got you covered with this handy guide.

Socks and tights are as much of an autumn and winter staple as cups of tea, blankets, and nice woolly jumpers.  I’m never without a pair of socks.  So, as a wardrobe essential, I’ve been hunting down ethical socks for men and women to feature here.  I’ve also thrown in some ethical tights for good measure too.

And not only ethical but affordable too.  In my hunt, I’ve come across ethical socks that are £20+ a pair – some even at £40!  I don’t know about you, but I personally would never dream of spending £20 on one pair of socks, so here are my top affordable yet ethical picks:

Guide to Ethical Socks & Tights

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Ethical Socks

Bam: Bamboo

Bam: Bamboo* sells soft socks from sustainably sourced bamboo.  Packs of four cost around £18, and if you buy any 3 selected mix and match garments from Bam Bamboo – these don’t have to be socks – you will receive 20% off.

Heist

Heist*, who has a strong commitment to sustainability, sell lightweight pop socks that despite their thinness, are designed to last, with reinforced toes and heels.  Their stay-up ankle band means no digging or your socks rolling down, which is great because this is always a problem with this type of sock.  Each pair is £7.

Jollies

Jollies sell colourful organic cotton socks that are made in England.  What’s more, for every pair sold, one pair of Jollies socks is donated to local homeless shelters.  So far thousands of pairs of socks have been donated to over 50 shelters nation-wide.  Prices start from £9.

Leiho

Leiho’s* sustainably sourced & vegan-friendly bamboo socks are not only fun but charitable too.  For every pair of socks sold, a pair is donated to homeless shelters.  Prices are around £12 per pair.

Organic Basics

Organic Basics* sell soft and durable socks ethically and sustainably made in Turkey and Portugal from organic cotton. Prices start at £12 for a pack of two, and take 10% off your order with discount code WENDYOBC at the checkout.

People Tree

Ethical stalwarts People Tree* sell super soft organic cotton socks in a wide range of colours, prints, and designs.  Their ethical socks start from £7 per pair.

Thought

Thought* have a great selection of men’s and women’s ethical socks, like the beautiful ones pictured above.  Made from organic cotton, and super soft bamboo or hemp, and in a wide selection of funky prints and patterns, there’s a pair of socks to suit everyone.  Prices are around £6.95 a pair.

Ethical Tights

The market for ethical tights is small, but I have found some gems for you:

Heist

Heist’s* specialty is their Italian made tights.  From their range of nude tights in seven representative shades; to their thicker 80 denier tights; to fishnets made from sustainable pre-consumer recycled waste – all of their tights come in inclusive sizes from a UK size 4 to a UK size 22.   

Swedish Stockings

Swedish Stockings* sustainable hosiery range is made from pre- and post-consumer nylon waste that is non-biodegradable. They recycle this waste nylon to create their range of tights, socks, and leggings, reducing water consumption and energy. They also run a great tights recycling scheme, where you can recycle your old tights.

Another option in autumn and winter, if you’re wearing boots, is to wear leggings with socks.  Ok, it’s not so attractive when you take off your boots, but I like wearing leggings as they are nice and cosy and don’t snag or run like tights do, making them much more durable.  I don’t mind spending a bit more on something that I know is going to last and are as versatile as leggings.  You can pick up some ethical leggings at People Tree*  or Thought*.

PS: while you are here, you might find this post on ethical underwear useful too!

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