On the lookout for sustainable socks and ethical tights? Good news: I’ve got you covered with this handy guide.
I write lots of sustainable shopping guides. From ethical underwear, to ethical pyjamas, right the way through to UK-based ethical clothing brands. And today I wanted to turn my attention to socks and tights. Specifically sustainable socks and tights.
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 hunted down ethical socks for men and women to feature here. I’ve also thrown in sustainable tights for good measure too.
Listed below are a few of my favourite brands for 2021. And I’m always on the lookout for more to feature here:
Guide to Sustainble Socks
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Bam: Bamboo* sells soft socks from sustainably sourced bamboo. Packs of four cost around £18. What’s more, 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.
Are you overwhelmed by choice and just want plain black socks? Try Boody*. Here you’ll find ethically made plain black socks in every style under the sun. From everyday socks, to sports ankle socks, to even ballet pump liner socks – they’re plain, and they’re only available in black. Prices start from £4.95, and take 10% off your first order when you sign up to their mailing list.
Heist*, who has a strong commitment to sustainability, sells lightweight pop socks that despite their thinness, are designed to last. Think reinforced toes and heels. Their stay-up ankle band also 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 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’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. The prices are around £12 per pair.
Danish-based 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. What’s more, take 10% off your order with discount code WENDYOBC at the checkout.
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* have a great selection of men’s and women’s ethical socks, like the beautiful ones pictured above. All their socks are ethically made from organic cotton, and super soft bamboo or hemp. You’ll also find a wide selection of funky prints and patterns. There’s definitely a pair of socks to suit everyone. The prices are around £6.95 for a pair.
Ethical Tights Guide
The market for sustainable tights is small, but I have found some gems for you:
Heist’s* specialty is their Italian-made tights. I love a lot of things about Heist. Where to start?! 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. What’s more, all of their tights come in more inclusive sizes, catering for a UK size 4 up to a UK size 22.
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. All of this reduces water consumption and energy., making them a great sustainable choice. 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. If you’re after leggings too then my favourite ethical leggings come from People Tree* and Organic Basics*.
Found any more sustainable socks and tights brands? Do let me know!