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Ethical Socks and Tights That Are Affordable Too

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On the lookout for ethical socks and tights?  Good news, I’ve got you covered with this handy guide, updated for 2021.

I write lots of ethical 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.

Socks and tights are as much of an autumn and winter staple as cups of tea, blankets, and cosy 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.  And even some at an eye-watering £40!  I don’t know about you, but I personally would never dream of spending even £20 on one pair of socks.  As such, here are my top affordable yet ethical picks:

Guide to Ethical Socks & Tights

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Socks

Bam: Bamboo

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.

Boody

Are you overwhelmed by choice and just want plain black socks? Then 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

Heist* sells lightweight pop socks for £7 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.  This is great because I always have this problem with this particular type of sock, and there is nothing more annoying!  What’s more, Heist has a strong commitment to sustainability. From measures such as lowering the amount of water used in the manufacturing of their products, to eliminating the use of virgin fossil fuels in our products and packaging, Heist is on it. 

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 nationwide.  Prices start from £9.

Leiho

Leiho’s* sustainably sourced and 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

Danish-based Organic Basics* sell soft and durable socks ethically and sustainably made in Turkey and Portugal from organic cotton or recycled denim or recycled wool. Prices start at £12 for a pack of two and take 10% off your order with discount code WENDYOBC at the checkout. True to the name, Organic Basics, you won’t find any fancy prints or colours – but you will find ankle socks, trainer liners, sheer socks, tennis socks, and more – catering for all of your sock-based needs.

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* has 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.  The prices are around £6.95 a pair.

Tights

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

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Heist

Heist’s* speciality 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.  Here’s my full guide to ethical leggings in case you are looking for some recommendations.

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

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Ethical Men’s Underwear – The Best Brands for 2021

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Looking for the best eco-friendly and ethical men’s underwear?  Read on for my top recommendations!

The other week I did a run-down of where to buy ethical women’s underwear.  In it, I promised I would write a guide to men’s ethical underwear too.  So, true to my word, here is a guide to some of the ethical options for male pants, briefs, and boxers, depending on your preference.  I’ve also updated the article for 2021 so that it is bang up to date.

As always seems to be the case when it comes to men’s ethical apparel, the market for ethical men’s underwear is considerably smaller than the women’s ethical market.  So you are a little more constrained.  But don’t despair – I’ve tracked down some great companies for you today.

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The Ethical Men’s Underwear Brands to Check Out

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BAM: Bamboo Clothing

Plymouth-based Bam: Bamboo* pants and boxers are made of exactly what the name suggests: bamboo (as well as being blended with a bit of cotton!).  These have rave reviews from sportsmen and outdoorsy types looking for ethical high-performance technical men’s underwear in basic colourways.

Their boxers and pants are ethically produced in Europe and Turkey, with prices range from £12 to £18.  Additionally, a mix and match service is offered where if you buy 3 selected garments you receive 20% off.

Boody

All Boody* garments are made from organically grown bamboo and are produced adhering to the highest standards for both the planet and for their workers.  They’re both certified as Ecocert and Peta-approved vegan.

Their organic briefs and boxers cover sizes XS to XL, with prices from £13.95.  Take 10% off your first order when you sign up to their mailing list.

Living Crafts

Living Crafts is a German-based company that makes ethically produced basic pants, trunks, and boxer shorts.  These are available in the UK online via By Nature, from £8.95.

Organic Basics

Organic Basics* pride themselves on selling, well, sustainable basics fairly made in Europe from GOTS certified organic cotton.  As such, they offer basic colours, timeless styles, and no seasonal collections to minimise wastage.  With a range of sizes from S to XXL, they cover a range of shapes and sizes.  Prices for underwear range from £30 for a pack of two organic cotton boxer shorts, upwards.  Use discount code WENDYOBC to take 10% off your order.

Peau Ethique

Peau Ethique is a French-based mother and daughter company, specialising in underwear.  With transparent and ethical operating procedures, your pants and conscience can be clear!  Again, their men’s ethical underwear is available in the UK through FabOrganics, who have a very limited selection of, ahem, one basic pair of boxer shorts.  The boxers are currently in the sale for £13.75.

WAMA

WAMA hemp underwear* is a new one for me in the ethical men’s underwear arena.  They make soft and stretchy men’s boxers, trunks, and briefs from hemp, a crop that generally requires no pesticides and very little water, and renews the soil with each growth cycle.

The downside is that WAMA ships their underwear from America.  Worldwide shipping is a flat fee of $20, regardless of the order value, but bear in mind you may have to pay a customs charge on your order if you are in the UK.

I hope you’ve found this guide to ethical men’s underwear helpful!  Let me know if you find any other makers/stockists in the comments below and I’ll be sure to update the article!