Sustainable Socks

Sustainable Socks - Paka socks - feet cross on table wearing green PAKA socks

Need new socks, but want to find sustainable socks that are environmentally conscious, well-made, and just your style? Same.

While traditional socks may not be a huge culprit in the health of our planet, I think anything made of better materials and, possibly more importantly in this case, with the humanity involved in the production process considered is a win.

Sustainable socks are made from a variety of materials, including organic cotton, tencel, traceable fibers, and so much more. And the best part is there is a wide range of colors, cuts, and sizes available for the whole family!!

See more examples of organic women’s clothing!

Sustainable Socks - Bombas socks - feet in green Bombas socks on Tile steps

Sustainable Socks

Nearly all the brands listed below make more than just socks, so you’ll probably see some very familiar names, which I always think helps us feel better about purchases!

The only brand that doesn’t do much else is Calzedonia who specializes in tights and nylons, but they have a sustainable line, that I just HAVE to include.

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Knickey

At Knickey, sustainability is at the core of everything they do. As an environmentally conscious company, they strive to reduce their carbon footprint, conserve energy and water, and avoid unethical practices in the fashion industry. 

Knickey’s commitment to ethical business practices also extends to working with suppliers who respect their employees and offer fair wages. They believe that no one should have to compromise on style or sustainability and are proud to provide high-quality, sustainable clothing for all. In fact, they make my favorite sustainable underwear for women!

They are certified Climate Neutral, a part of the 1% for the Planet organization, and GOTS-certified organic cotton, as well as using Fair Trade Certified materials. Together, these certifications ensure that their products are produced in an ethical and sustainable way.

Knickey The Crew Sock

The Crew Sock

Climate Neutral Certified, 1% for the Planet, GOTS-Certified, Fair Trade Certified

The Quarter Sock

The Quarter Sock

Climate Neutral Certified, 1% for the Planet, GOTS-Certified, Fair Trade Certified

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Paka Apparel

Paka Apparel is a sustainable and ethical apparel brand that strives to be a leader in the fashion industry. They are B Corporation Certified, a Best for the World 2022 Community member, and a Founding Member of The Good Ocean.

Additionally, they donate 1% of all sales to provide scholarships to universities for young women in Peru and further improve the livelihoods of farmers in the country through regenerative alpaca practices. 

Paka Apparel embodies the concept of buying better, choosing quality over quantity when it comes to fashion choices. I’ve been loving their warm ankle socks this winter! Check out their guide to washing/drying alpaca fibers – less washing is better!

I love their ankle socks and am awaiting their crew socks to be available in size small.

Spacedye Socks

Spacedye Socks

B Corp, a Best for the World 2022 Community member, Founding Member of The Good Ocean

Ankle Socks 3-Pack

Ankle Socks 3-Pack

B Corp, a Best for the World 2022 Community member, Founding Member of The Good Ocean

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Bombas

Bombas has long been a family favorite for socks! Not only are they a B corp, they make fabulous socks (for the whole family)!!

They donate one item for every item you purchase to homeless shelters as socks and underwear are the most requested items. Bombas is truly an amazing company (read my Bombas socks review) that cares about giving back and preserving our planet for future generations. AND THEY HAVE CUTE SOCKS!!! These toddler grippers were a lifesaver for us!

Prickley Pear

Prickley Pear

B Corp

Arvin Goods

Arvin Goods

Arvin Goods focuses on reducing waste and utilizing recycled materials. From GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and GRS (Global Recycle Standard) certifications to using plant dye processes certified by the Plant Dye Standard, they’re doing all sorts of good.

They also use 50% solar power in the production of some of their products. They have super comfortable basics covered for men and women in different colors, patterns, and lengths!

Short Crew Sock

Short Crew Sock

GOTS & GRS certifications

Arvin Goods - No Show Socks

No Show Socks

GOTS & GRS certifications

Arvin Goods - Casual Sock

Casual Sock

GOTS & GRS certifications

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Calzedonia

Calzedonia is a resource for all things stockings, nylons, etc., and they have a sustainable collection using organic and/or recycled materials. This initiative is part of its larger strategy that involves better packaging, responsible social impact, ocean protection, and other initiatives for a more responsible tomorrow. 

Calzedonia plans to use 25% low climate-impact raw materials by 2025, and set a goal to stop using disposable packaging by 2025 for their consumer packaging and 2030 for their business to business packaging!

To further its sustainability efforts, Calzedonia will implement 50% renewable energy across its operations by 2025, with a goal of achieving 65% renewable electricity by 2025 and 100% by 2030. With these efforts in place, Calzedonia is demonstrating its commitment to being greener and more sustainable.

Calzedonia Premium Matt Second Skin 15 Denier Tights

Premium Matt Second Skin 15 Denier Tights

Uses Organic and Recycled Materials

Cazedonia Opaque 150 Denier Tights in Eco Cotton

Opaque 150 Denier Tights in Eco Cotton

Uses Organic and Recycled Materials

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AllBirds

Allbirds is a well known sustainable shoe company, but they make socks too! Not to mention, they’re also a B corp!

They are committed to cutting their carbon footprint in half by the end of 2025, then reducing their carbon footprint to near zero by 2030.

Allbirds uses sustainable materials like wool, tree, sugar-based foam, Trino® and TrinoXO™ in their socks for greater sustainability and comfort. Trino® and TrinoXO™ is a fiber (made of eucalyptus tree and merino wool) to help keep your fabrics fresh between wears, so whether you’re running, hiking or just enjoying these socks in your day to day, these socks will stay fresh!

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Pact

Pact is featured in just about every single one of my sustainable clothing roundups! They really are a great resource for all kinds of basics for the whole family.

Pact is dedicated to sustainability and ethical production, as evidenced by its certifications from Fair Trade USA and Global Organic Textile Standard. Pact also works with SimpliZero to ensure their zero-waste practices are effective, while they strive for Carbon Neutral certification

All of Pact’s products are made using organic materials, so customers can trust that their clothing is not only ethically manufactured, but also safe for the environment. Pact is another great source for basics for our family and is certainly on my sustainable kids clothing brands list!

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KOTN

KOTN (yep, the same one featured in my sustainable bedding brands post) is a sustainable brand that puts ethics and sustainability at the forefront of its practices. KOTN is B Corp Certified and voted Best for the World™ in 2021. 

From their use of GOTS-certified and BCI-certified organic cotton and their use of OEKO-TEX® certified non-toxic dyes to their commitment to local production in Egypt, KOTN makes sure that every step of their process is as ethical as possible. 

They also support the health, education, and economic development of the local communities through their ABC Project. In addition, they are committed to a circular approach to fashion that seeks to reduce waste and promote sustainability across their entire production process. Ultimately, KOTN is dedicated to making sustainable fashion accessible to everyone.

Kotn Crew Socks Sustainable Sock

Crew Socks Sustainable Sock

Best for the World™, B Corp, OEKO-TEX® certified

Kotn Intarsia Socks

Intarsia Socks

Best for the World™, B Corp, OEKO-TEX® certified

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Patagonia

Patagonia is likely the most well-known brand in sustainability and environmental activism. The company’s mission is to use business to inspire and implement solutions to the climate crisis. They prioritize using sustainable materials, reducing their carbon footprint, and creating products that last longer in order to reduce waste. 

They are Regenerative Organic Certified™, use recycled and/or organic materials and 100% of their virgin cotton is grown organically. Plus, 86% of their products are Fair Trade Certified™. While Patagonia is known for their outerwear, definitely check out their socks. They’re created with a hemp-blend fabric which is amazing because not only is hemp sustainable, it’s also odor-resistant!

Patagonia also works with organizations dedicated to protecting public lands, oceans, rivers, and climate justice. They are committed to donating 1% of their sales to grassroots activists who are fighting for a healthier planet. Patagonia is setting the standard for how businesses can use their platform to create positive change and demonstrate leadership in sustainability.

Patagonia Hemp Quarter Socks Sustainable Sock Round Up

Hemp Quarter Socks

Regenerative Organic Certified™ and Fair Trade Certified™

Patagonia Journey Home Sisu Brown

Journey Home Sisu Brown

Regenerative Organic Certified™ and Fair Trade Certified™

Patagonia ULW Daily 3 4 Crew Socks

ULW Daily ¾ Crew Socks

Regenerative Organic Certified™ and Fair Trade Certified™

Wondering how to wash lingerie? Socks and tights likely need special care too.

And cozy socks need good pjs! These pajama sets are the only ones I wear!

Sustainable Clothing & Home Products

Sustainable Fashion

Want more sustainable fashion? One of the best ways to live sustainably is to rewear pieces again and again!

Check out these black leather jacket outfits, poncho outfits, what to wear with linen pants for day to night, and 4 ways to wear a black button down!

You’ll also want to check out this list of second hand clothing from brands you love, my tips for creating (and maintaining) a minimalist wardrobe, why you should always buy quality clothes (because then you’ll always have something to wear), and these stylish and sustainable shoe companies!

Photography by Sacramento Photographer Val Leddy

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