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Feet tend to get neglected when it comes to having fun, but with Socklady’s mismatched creations, your feet can become a conversation piece. Whether you wear them to work, or just around the house, these cozy, colorful garments will make you smile and make a great, environmentally-friendly gift for anyone in your life. The colors in the Autumn and Winter Series are especially suited to the guys on your gift list.
Solmate Socks was started by Marianne Wakerlin, the Socklady. “I found it exhilarating, designing a pair of socks that didn’t match and were knit with original patterns in sharply contrasting colors.” Solmate Socks was founded in 2000, in the Socklady’s hometown in central Vermont, and now produces more than just socks.
Solmate Socks are made in the U.S.A. in small, family-owned businesses in Vermont and North Carolina, from the design stage through the finishing touches. They are also made from 100% recycled materials.
The cotton yarn is created by recovering scraps from the production of cotton products, mainly t-shirts. Using recycled yarns has many benefits, such as decreasing the amount of water, chemicals and by-product wastes of manufacturing, reducing CO2 emissions, and helping to reduce the demand for new cotton crops.
The cotton yarns are certified by Made in Green and Oeko-Tex. Certification requires that materials are free from harmful substances, made with respect for the environment, and with respect for human rights. To top it all off, solar panels were installed on the headquarters roof in 2010.