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Since childhood I have loved to jog, run and take long walks with or without my pooches. I have tons of energy and have an extremely difficult time focusing it so these activities help tire me out so my brain can work properly. (Or as properly as a weirdo like me can get it to work). These activities however come at a price, holey socks! No matter how good the quality of socks I buy I always end up with holes in them after 4 uses on average. Sadly I have no time for sock darning so I end up throwing them away once they are too shredded to serve their purpose.
Sadly, the fashion/textile industry is the second most wasteful and polluting industry in the world next to big oil! Because of *this I consume mostly second hand clothing. Socks however aren’t readily available at thrift stores. So I continue to purchase new socks with an icky feeling in my tummy knowing I am playing a part in **harming mother earth. To add to my dilemma, a little over a year ago I took up skateboarding. Anyone who skates or has a friend or loved one that skates frequently knows that shoes and socks have a very short life when used by skaters. I skate almost every single day and since I started attempting tricks my socks are now getting holes in them after two uses, and once in a while after just one use!
Earlier today I was researching tube socks and inadvertently found a solution to my problem; RECYCLED SOCKS! I was looking for cute tube socks and one of the sites I was checking out had a link to www.recycledsocks.com. Recycled Socks is a company that sells socks made out of cotton which has been spun out of excess clippings from other cotton products. They focus on white socks and have two styles, crew and quarter length. Also, they have socks made specifically for men, women and kids in a diverse array of sizes.
Recycled Socks‘s products are very affordable. They sell their socks in 5 packs that are $7.99 each, very affordable. I research recycled clothing quite a bit and I find that they tend to be either very overpriced or just not my style. Currently I am on an extremely fixed income but once my financial situation changes I will be buying my socks from them exclusively and will do a product review for the blog.
I encourage all of you to check out their site (click here) and if you decide to order something you can use their coupon code, ECOSAVE for 10% off. One last thing, these socks are made in the USA!
*The negative impact on mother nature is not the only reason I wear second hand clothing. My mother is from Honduras and my father is from Mexico. The fashion industry’s sweatshops (maquiladoras) are extremely harmful to my people and I don’t feel comfortable supporting companies that exploit them.
**Again, the nasty feeling in the pit of my stomach is not just coming from the damage caused to Mother Earth, it also comes from knowing that in buying new socks or other garments I am supporting the exploitative practices of sweatshops world wide. I was very pleased to learn that Recycled Socks’s products are made in the USA.