When it comes to necessities like socks and pants, we don’t hold the same enthusiasm for charity shopping. But think about how many pairs of pants and socks we get through in a lifetime! According to a recent Huffington Post article, women own an average of 34 pairs of underwear and according to shethinx.com, women dispose of five or more pairs of underwear each year!
So what can we do? Well, with the inevitable tears and spills unavoidable, we can only try to be mindful of the food chain our pants and socks go through- thus, considering what they’re made from and who made them.
A great alternative that is circling the hippy web is bamboo yarn. Bamboo viscose fibers are one of the most ecologically friendly grasses, making them a great alternative to cotton of which holds questionable manufacture methods down the production food chain such as the Uzbek cotton industry and the archaic field labour that goes alongside it. Bamboo requires no chemical pesticides or fertilizers to grow, it grows super fast and a stand of bamboo creates 35 percent more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees, absorbing five times the greenhouse gases too.
They’re a little pricier than your usual discount five pack from Primark, but with benefits including breathable, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal material, they are definitely worth it. And when you inevitably get a little toe poking through a nuisance hole why not just sew it and save yourself (and the Earth) some hassle.
These bamboo socks available on the ethical clothing line, Braintree Clothing are super cute and will leave your feet and your conscience feeling happier for it! They are made from mainly bamboo, but also with organic cotton and spandex, too.