There is a company rawganique that hails from the US and claim the products are made in France. I am waiting to hear if there is an EU outlet as it is off-putting to think of products being shipped to the US and back.
It is difficult to get 100% cotton socks that are made of organic fibres and manufactured without recourse to exploiting desperate people in the so called third tier countries, most of which may be in the Far East.
With 9% nylon (polyamide) and 1% Elastane the socks can not be composted without having to remove the stringy remains of 'plastics'. This also means that factories have to make this stuff from arguably questionable resources, using workers that may well be hidden from the view of the Fair Trade flossies.
This is a problem in many brands and I would like to find socks made of fibre other than cotton, linen, hemp or nettle. Apparently nettle fibre was used in the UK during the second world war.
The Bluebuck socks are sized (L/XL) and measure 24cm from <extreme heal to toe> and are fairly thick.
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[b]Underware ::[/b] Bluebuck
Received the goodies from BlueBuck with a hand written letter explaining that the V neck T.shirt was out of stock. However along with a substitute of a round neck they sent a pair of socks. I am impressed.
Pants TR-SFWS :: T-shirt TS-WW4 :: Socks
For the last few years I have been using Ted Baker's underpants as they were the only organic ones made in Europe and thereby 'fairly traded'.
Since Ted's hands on his female employees has come to light I've though about it like this.
a) If I support Ted's brand I'm supporting his actions to some degree in it's entirety.
b) The only other options I had found on the high street were organic made in the Far East.
c) The logic goes that there is more abuse in the Far East that here in the UK and the victims of abuse here have a better option to relieve them selves of unwarranted attention.
d) So I'm staying with Ted.
Then the issue changed. In looking for new pants I noted that a) their is no 3-packs of coloured pants at £35 only black an white. Then I discovered a few odd gift packs only to find they are made in China. So good bye Ted
The next option was to use the internet to search for alternatives, two of which were provided by my daughter. The issue here is that I don't like the, again, black and grey and white options. Further I'm not sure about the quality.
The one I found myself is [b]Bluebuck[/b]. I won't bore you with the details as you can use the link. The only downside I found was that the cotton was grown in Turkey, a country I would rather not support