Sustainably-Sourced, Ethically-Made

Knowing that fashion and sustainability go hand-in-hand, we understand that every action we take today has an impact on tomorrow. This is why we are committed to using sustainably-sourced, eco-friendly fibers in every product we make, allowing you to embrace your individuality without compromising your earth-friendly principles.

How are your products made?

We collect remnants from t-shirt factories that would normally go into a landfill, grind them down and re-spin them into our own yarns. We do not add any additional dyes or colors in this process, keeping them as "clean" as possible. These recycled yarns are certified by the Global Recycling Standard and Oeko-Tex

What exactly are your products made from?

All of our products are knit from pre-consumer, recycled cotton yarn. Our socks are made from a cotton blend: 62% Recycled Cotton, 22% Recycled Polyester, 15% Nylon, 1% Lycra.

What does that mean for our planet?

In addition to decreasing the amount of cotton waste sent to landfills, our yarns also reduce the amount of water, land, pesticides and herbicides used to grow new cotton fibers. Every pair of socks we produce saves: 162 gallons of water, 1.12 pounds of CO2 emissions and 1.32 square feet of landfills.

Where are your products made?

Today, only 3% of apparel consumption is domestically-sourced. All of our products are manufactured at our own mill in Hickory, North Carolina. In addition to our sustainable production methods, we take great pride in caring for our employees, valuing people over profit. As ethical practices are paramount to our brand, we pay all of our employees living wages, along with generous medical benefits. We are proud to be one of the few knitting mills in American hosiery that offers these types of benefits and hope to inspire others to do the same.

How do carbon offsets help the planet?

We offer carbon offsets for purchase on all shipping. At the end of each year, Solmate Socks matches every carbon offset purchase, dollar for dollar, using the grand total to purchase offsets via Native Energy. Native Energy is a Vermont-based organization that helps promote renewable energy, methane abatement and fuel efficiency projects around the globe.
We are, and always have been, committed to protecting the environment, our employees and the community in which we serve.

What does being "zero-waste" actually mean?

Textiles take up nearly 8% of our country’s landfills and almost all of them take hundreds of years to decompose! They actually take up more space in our landfill than any other non-durable goods in the solid waste system. Knowing every bit counts when it comes to recycling, we ensure that no scraps - even the tiniest pieces! - go unused.

We partner with Portland Garment Factory to recycle the scraps that are too small for crafting through GemText Recycling. GemText is a Northwest-based sustainability company that is passionate about helping people recycle their textiles and keep them out of landfills. Nearly 98% of what is donated to GemText is usable! They utilize even the tiniest textile particles to pulverize for use in making things like stuffing for dog beds, insulation padding and more.

We're so proud to partner with such amazing companies in an effort to continually remain a zero-waste company.

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