OUR STORY

Emma’s dream of Socko began when searching for meaning in her work. She saw that her job satisfaction came when she was able to connect what she’d done with her working day with its positive impact upon others. Through combining her talent for craft with her love of people and planet, she identified her business idea: Sustainable socks

 

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OUR CODE OF ETHICS

 

Sustainable starts with designing something that’s built to last. Making something that’s built to last relies on principles that are built to last. At Socko, we have a clear sense of purpose. Our principles are: 

 

COUNTERACTING DISPOSABLE FASHION
WITH CONSCIOUS CONSUMPTION


At the heart of Socko is a fundamentally great pair of socks. Designed, sourced and made in the UK, from Elsa the knitter, to Caroline the linker, to Brian the woodturner, we know all of our producers personally and can ensure that they are paid properly for their skills. We craft yarn that is no longer serving a purpose into socks to be worn for years.

 

EXTENDING THE ACTIVE LIFE OF CLOTHING
BY RE-TEACHING THE LOST ART OF DARNING


In a world that is facing a lot of environmental problems, there seem to be a lot of solutions in the way we did things in the past. When it comes to fashion, the most sustainable thing that you can do is to wear your clothes for longer. We’ve made a robust product and are here to equip you with the skills to mend with pride. We call it Wear & Care.

 

TRANSPARENCY

Every decision we make as a business is evaluated in terms of its ethics and duty to sustainability. As much as we want to make a 100% cotton sock free of manmade fibres, adding nylon is in fact a more sustainable option in terms of creating socks that are made to last. Nylon makes for a stronger sock. We’re in talks to make our next range with a recycled nylon, made from plastic bottles and old fishing nets, that has the same properties as virgin nylon. For now, we’re proud to be 90% good.

 

OUR APPROACH

 

MATERIALS

Made from waste
Repurposed yarn that would otherwise have gone to landfill
Sourced from mills around the UK

Limited edition runs
Varied quantities dependent on colour availability
Once they’re gone they’re gone!

Closing the loop
Our next step is a 100% recycled range
Pre-consumer offcuts, post-consumer plastic bottles & fishing nets

 

ORIGIN

Made in the UK
We support local business and recognise and pay fairly for the skills of our British craftspeople
We know every member of the team personally

Family-owned business
The Leicestershire factory where our socks are made has been in the business since the 19th century
Run by the 4th generation

Hand finished
Comfortable hand-linked toe seam
The quality of each pair is inspected by hand

 

ETHOS

Made to last
The most sustainable thing you can do is wear your clothes for longer
All our socks are machine washable at 30ºC for ease of care

Free mending kit with every pair
We're on a mission to re-teach the lost art of darning
We do this by embracing visible mending

Recycled and recyclable packaging
Every aspect of our business has been assessed for its environmental and social impact
Compostable postage