The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Socks - Good On You
people wearing jeans and ethical socks by Conscious Step
14 Jan
people wearing jeans and ethical socks by Conscious Step

The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Socks

Socks are one of those basics we often don’t think twice about. But when curating your sustainable wardrobe, they should be near the top of your list! Not only do most of us wear socks on the daily, did you know looking after our feet is important for our overall health? Speaking of health—what about the health of the people who make our socks, or their environmental impact, or even the animals? That’s where sustainable socks come in! Read on to discover our faves that will help keep your feet comfy and healthy year-round with this selection of sustainable socks by brands that do better.

Conscious Step

Rated: Great
three pairs of sustainable anklet socks by ethical brand Conscious Step

Socks That Give Water– Ships internationally from the US

Offers

people wearing colourful socks that give back by Conscious Step

Conscious Step – 5+2 Bundle

Who said socks are boring? Stand out and stand up for a cause with these fairtrade numbers. Order 5 pairs of socks and get 2 free with code HEYSPRING7. (Ends: 5 MAY)

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person putting on green charity socks by Conscious Step

Conscious Step – 3+1 bundle

Every little step counts: make it consciously, and give back by wearing these colourful organic socks. Order 3 pair of socks and get 1 free with code HEYSPRING4. (Ends: 5 MAY)

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Socks with a cause. Conscious Step is an American brand that offers premium fair trade, organic, vegan socks matched to a direct charitable impact. Choose from several causes including protecting our oceans, planting trees, and providing safe drinking water so you can have perfect, low-cut warm weather socks and give back to the community. The socks come in S-M sizes.

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Organic Basics

Rated: Great
Black SilverTech sustainable socks

SilverTech™ Socks 2-pack – Ships internationally from Denmark

“Design everything to last”. Organic Basics believes that investing in quality fabrics and workmanship is “the only way to act”. That’s why the brand created SilverTech, a synthetic, antimicrobial thread that prevents smelly clothes, while also assisting in temperature regulation, and better blood circulation for the wearer. PETA vegan approved and ethically made, these socks are guaranteed to help you stay cooler when it’s hot and warmer when it’s chilly. The socks come in sizes 35-42 for women and 35-46 for men.

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tentree

Rated: Good
ethical constellation and gray socks by tentree brand

Constellation Ankle Sock 2-Pack – Ships internationally from Canada

tentree is a Canadian sustainable lifestyle brand that plants 10 trees for every item purchased. The certified B-Corp brand has already helped to remove tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and reforested over 5,000 hectares of land (that’s equal to 12,000 football fields). But its commitment to sustainability extends way beyond trees. Using recycled, organic, and circular fabrics, tentree cuts down on huge amounts of waste and water usage with every piece. These cool constellation socks are made from recycled polyester and come in unisex sizes S/M and L/XL.

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Saint Basics

Rated: Good
person wearing grey socks by saint basics

Eucalyptus Socks – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

Saint Basics creates the next generation of vegan eco-basics for people inspired by change. The Dutch brand is fully OEKO-TEX certified and has adopted the GOTS Code of Conduct to protect its workers’ labour rights. Find the socks in sizes 35 to 46.

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Afends

Rated: Good
white and red sustainable sock with a digital style love heart by Afends

Digital Love Hemp Socks – Ships internationally from Australia

Afends is a Byron Bay based fashion brand leading the way in organic hemp fashion, using renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact. You can these adorable digital love hemp socks in one size fits most.

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The Nude Label

Rated: Good
organic cotton socks by the nude label

Ribbed Cotton Socks – Ships internationally from Spain

The Nude Label curates comfy cotton underwear for women and men that feel as good as they look. We love the ribbed cotton socks. They are so soft you’ll forget you’re wearing them. You can find these socks in sizes 36-41.

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Boody

Rated: Good
Ethical active socks in white

Women’s Active Sports Sock – Ships internationally from Australia

Boody is an Australian brand that creates beautifully soft, everyday essentials designed to deliver pure comfort while not sacrificing your values. Designed to make you push even harder, the brand’s Active Sports Sock takes you that step further. Boody’s unique bamboo blend is naturally comfortable and moisture-wicking, so you stay fresh while working out. As a bonus, the brand uses entirely animal-free materials in all its pieces! Find the socks in size 3-9.

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Woron @ Rêve En Vert

Rated: Good
Ethical light ribbed socks in grey

Grey Melange Organic Cotton Socks – Ships internationally from Denmark

Woron is a vegan underwear and fashion favourites brand that only uses GOTS certified fibres. These beautiful sustainable socks come in a variety of colours and are made from a luxurious Egyptian organic cotton, developed for an exceptionally smooth and soft fit. The cotton is grown in accordance with organic agriculture methods and is free from toxic dyes and fabric treatments including formaldehyde, heavy metals, and aromatic solvents. You can find the socks in sizes 37-41.

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Shop Woron @ Rêve En Vert.

Unrecorded

Rated: Good

Socks Yellow – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

Unrecorded is an independent clothing brand from the Netherlands that represents a new wave of menswear brands that are rebelling against the nature of fast. Unrecorded is passionate about style, and produces apparel using eco-friendly materials. Its range includes items that are all year round essentials suitable for any wardrobe.

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NAADAM

Rated: Good
dark grey cashmere sustainable dress socks by NAADAM

Cashmere Dress Socks – Ships internationally from the US

NAADAM’s cashmere dress socks are perfect for work. Made from 100% Mongolian Cashmere, they have the softest, dreamiest feel and always stay in place. These sustainable socks are stocked in one unique size.

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Underprotection

Rated: Good

Gisele Low Stocks – Ships internationally fron Denmark

Offers

woman wearing recycled polyester blue and white striped bikini by Underprotection

Underprotection – Swimwear

Made from 100% recycled polyester, these pieces are designed to make you feel effortlessly cool & comfortable. Up to 70% off swimwear. (Ends: 8 MAY)

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Underprotection – Loungewear

Slip into something comfortable and chic: loungewear you want to wear all week. Up to 70% off loungewear and socks. (Ends: 8 MAY)

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Underprotection – Pyjamas

Combining ethics with aesthetics, this Danish brand makes glamorous pyjamas for all women. Up to 70% off pyjamas. (Ends: 8 MAY)

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Underprotection – Lingerie

Feminine. Sexy. Fun. Bras, bralettes, and briefs made from sustainable materials like recycled Italian lace. Up to 70 % off lingerie. (Ends: 8 MAY)

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Underprotection’s Gisele Low Socks are knitted in soft bamboo fibre with beautiful sewn stones on. A simple but quite bold accessory for colder seasons! (Pssst: they’re also available in a higher version!) Find them in sizes 36-38 and 39-41.

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A-dam

Rated: Good

Dorien Socks – Ships to Europe from the Netherlands

Socks that clean oceans? Yep, that’s right. Made with 15% ECONYL® for flexibility and 84% GOTS organic cotton, these vegan-friendly socks remove harmful plastics from the ocean and are regenerated for a fresh pair of socks. Not a fan of this embroidered fish? Pick your favourite high-end embroidered character or even just stick to a solid coloured sock for everyday wear. You can find the socks in sizes 36-46.

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PACT

Rated: Great
Sustainable green pact socks

Premium Crew Socks 3-Pack – Ships internationally from the US

PACT is a brand that is passionate about being part of a movement that’s transforming the way apparel is made. All of its clothing is sweatshop and child-labour free, ensuring that you can ‘tread lightly’ while sporting its apparel. This one size fits all sustainable sock hits mid-calf and is sewn from premium organic cotton yarn, meaning it’s suitable for vegans, too. Socks are stocked in one unique size.

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Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Great
sustainably made white socks with please recycle logo by Girlfriend Collective

Please Recycle Quarter Crew Sock – Ships to Australia, the US, and the UK from the US

 

Known for its minimal, luxury women’s activewear, Girlfriend Collective recently launched ‘Everyday GF’ —a collection of sustainable everyday staples, featured on women who champion equality, opportunity, and access for BIPOC communities, today and every day. Beautifully crafted in a range of cool colours, the quarter crew Please Recycle socks work to increase circulation and reduce swelling. The brand uses recycled polyester as well as low-impact non-toxic dyes and is fully Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, which means it’s good for your body as well as the planet. Socks are stocked in one unique size.

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Shop Girlfriend Collective @ Luisa via Roma.

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NICO

Rated: Good
3 pack of sustainable socks

Recycled Cotton Long Socks Mixed 3 Pack – Ships internationally from Australia

Established in 2012 by Lis Harvey, NICO celebrates minimalism and understated luxury. The brand brings high quality basics and underwear to the Australian fashion landscape featuring clean lines, luxe fabrics, and the styles and colours needed for everyday. The clever people who made these socks are working to solve the problem of textile waste in Bangladesh by creating yarns out of recycled cotton, saving water and drastically reducing CO2 emissions in comparison to conventional cotton. NICO’s factories are signatories to The Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord and are compliant with BSCI and certified with WRAP. The brand occasionally uses wool from non-mulesed sheep. Socks are stocked in one unique size.

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ASKET

Rated: Good
Men's socks in ribbed gray

The Ribbed Cotton Sock 3-Pack – Ships internationally from Sweden

ASKET has been creating timeless wardrobe essentials since 2015 with revolutionary sizing and fair pricing. These vegan ribbed cotton socks provide comfort and elevation in all the right places. Crafted from long staple Egyptian cotton, they’re reinforced at the toe and the heel to make sure comfort is combined with durability. Socks can be found in sizes 39-47.

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NIKIN

Rated: Good
Sustainable socks in navy

TreeSocks Standard Allover – Ships internationally from Germany

If you’re the kind of person who wears their morals look no further. Not only is a tree planted every time you purchase a pair of these lovelies, you also get to show your tree pride! The ultra-comfortable TreeSocks will complement your look perfectly and accompany you every step of the way, and are vegan-friendly, too! Shop NIKIN’s socks in sizes 36-46.

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Harvest & Mill

Rated: Good
Harvest & Mill sustainable socks pack in ivory

Women’s Organic Cotton Socks – Ships internationally from the US

Harvest & Mill pieces are grown, milled, and sewn exclusively in the US, supporting American organic cotton farmers and local sewing communities. The brand makes socks for men and women, always ensuring they are not dyed or bleached, greatly reducing the use of water, energy, and dye materials. Even better, by cultivating different varieties of cotton, the brand is able to bolster biodiversity, which is essential for ensuring healthy ecosystems and keeping our planet resilient in the face of climate change. Neat! You can find these organic sustainable socks in sizes S-L.

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Shop Harvest & Mill @ Rêve en Vert.

Komodo

Rated: Good
sustainable black and white socks by Komodo

Blossom Socks – Ships internationally from the UK

UK brand Komodo puts people and the planet first with its ethically-sourced and eco-friendly range of menswear and womenswear. The label uses some eco-friendly materials including GOTS-certified cotton and hemp, and ensures that most of its suppliers pay a living wage to their workers. These cute blossom socks are available in sizes 36-41.

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Shop Komodo @ Staiy.

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