The Best Ethical Socks UK

The perfect ethical sock is a sock that is made from a fabric that lets your feet breathe, does not wrinkle up in your shoe and uses resources that minimally impact the earth and its workers.

Socks are usually worn by one person and not part of the secondhand market, therefore socks must be biodegradable or recyclable.

Bamboo Fabrics

Recently there has been a trend of making ethical socks with Bamboo Viscose. This I am not convinced is an ethical fabric due to the chemicals needed to turn it from wood to fabric. I am also concerned that the sudden trend in Bamboo will encourage farmers to clear land to cash in on this new crop.

Not all brands and bamboo fabric is the same though. When buying bamboo products it is a good idea to evaluate the brands’ ethics and transparency. You are looking for brands that acknowledge that bamboo viscose fabric requires chemicals to make and addresses the environmental/workers impact and what they are doing to counter this. I have found BAM Clothings to be particularly transparent with information on the website and further information given by request by email.

The Ideal Fabric

While researching this post I was encouraged to see plenty of socks made up of recycled fabrics. This to me is the perfect ethical sock with no new resources needed.

For me the ideal fabric to make socks or indeed any underwear would be recycled fabric first, followed by a Tencel/Modal made in the Lenzing Closed Loop System followed by Organic Cotton then Bamboo Viscose.

Ethical Socks Ideals.

  • Sustainable or Recycled Fabric.
  • New Fabric from a Certified Organic Source.
  • Fabric & Product made transparently.
  • High Percentage of product Biodegradable.
  • Limited Product Miles – Made & Sourced as local as possible.
  • Quality – Made well and made to last.

The Fabric’s

To find out more about ethically sustainable fabric read my post on Ethical fabrics.

Remember when washing items containing synthetic fabrics to use a GUPPYFRIEND to reduce micro-plastics in the water.

Solmate Socks – Made in North Carolina USA from pre-consumer recycled cotton. This cotton comes from scraps and waste from t-shirt factories that would otherwise go to landfill. Certified by the Global Recycling Standard and Oeko-Tex. Shipping is offset.

Available from £14.95 Amazon

Thunders Love

Thunder’s Love – Made in Spain from Pre-consumer Recycled Cotton. The Cotton is offcuts from the Spanish textile industry.

Available from £21.53 from Amazon

healthy seas

Healthy Seas – Made from Organic Cotton and Econyl. Econyl is made from fishing nets that have been recovered from the sea bed.

Available from £7.95 in Sockshop

Swedish Stockings

Swedish Stockings – Emma Leopard Socks.  Made from 95% Recycled Polyamide, 5% Elastane

Available from Content & Wellbeing for £12.00

The Organic Ones

Woron Socks

Woron Organic Cotton Socks – Made with 80% Egyptian Organic Cotton, 18% Polyamide, 2% Elastane.

Made in Italy.

£15.00 from Content & Wellbeing

Organic Basics

Organic Basics – Mid-Rise Socks. Made with 80% Organic GOTS Cotton, 17% Nylon, 3% Elastane.

Made in Turkey.

£13.00 from Content & Wellbeing

Nomads Socks

Nomads – Organic Cotton Bloomsbury Socks. Made from 80% Organic Cotton 15% Polyamide 5% Elastane. Made in China. Free from GMO and AZO dyes, GOTS certified, organic, Fairtrade.

Nomads work to the Ethical Trading Initiative base code.

£5.50 from Ethical Superstore

People Tree Socks

People Tree – Bee Socks Gift Box. 3 Pairs. Made from 98% certified organic GOTS cotton, 2% elastane. Made in Turkey.

£24.95 from Ethical Superstore  or in singles from People Tree 

Jollie Socks *  Socks made from Organic Cotton in Portugal. Buy one pair and one pair is donated to Homeless Charities.

Critically Endangered Socks* Socks made from Organic Cotton. Profits Donated to WWF and named Animal Charities.

Kind Socks* Made from Organic Cotton in India

PerTin –  Organic Cotton. Socks Made In Derbyshire UK

BAM Bamboo Clothing – Bamboo socks made in China or Turkey. Very transparent about the fabric manufacturing process. Aware that the process is not perfect, but they are confident they are doing everything to minimise their environmental effect.

Available from BAM Bamboo Clothing from £12.00. Mix & Match Buy 3 get 20% Off


Thought – A multitude of different prints. These socks are made out of a selection of sustainable fabrics, such as Organic Cotton, Bamboo, Wool, Hemp & Recycled Polyester.

Available from Thought, Ethical Superstore & Amazon

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