It's not what you make but how you make it!
We hope you'll agree that we have some pretty silly sock designs at seriouslysillysocks.com, but our socks are more than just the wild imagination of a few designers, we're also very careful about the materials our socks are made from and how our socks are made. Here are some of the standards we're proud to be associated with:
All our wool socks from Pachamama are handmade to the Fairtrade standard.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Our vision is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential. (1)
Our wool slippersocks from KuSan are handmade to the MADE-BY standard.
MADE-BY is a European not-for-profit organisation with a mission to improve environmental and social conditions in the fashion industry. To achieve this MADE-BY works with fashion brands of varying sizes and scope, and supports them in developing sustainable strategies to improve conditions across their entire supply chain. (2)
Our luxuring combed cotton socks from Ballonet and recycled cotton socks from Solmate are made to the Oeko-Tex standard.
The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. Testing for harmful substances includes illegal substances, legally regulated substances, known harmful (but not legally regulated) chemicals and parameters for health care. In their entirety the requirements clearly exceed existing national legislation. OEKO-TEX® testing for harmful substances always focus on the actual use of the textile. The more intensive the skin contact of a product, the stricter the human ecological requirements to be met. (3)
(1) Fairtrade Organisation (2014) Available at: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/what_is_fairtrade/default.aspx
(2) MADE-BY Organisation (2014) Available at: http://made-by.org/mission
(3) OEKO-TEX Association (2014) Available at: https://www.oeko-tex.com/en/manufacturers/concept/oeko_tex_standard_100/oeko_tex_standard_100.xhtml