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.
Spandex, Lycra or elastane is a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity. It is a polyether-polyurea copolymer that was invented in 1958 by chemist Joseph Shivers at DuPont’s.
Joseph C. Shivers was determined to find a fiber to replace rubber in garments. He made a breakthrough in the early 1950s when he used an intermediate substance to modify Dacron polyester.
The name “spandex” is an anagram of the word “expands". . . . the preferred name in North America; in continental Europe it is referred to by variants of “elastane",
Nettle fibre used during World War II
This paper explores the potential uses of nettle fibre within a historical context and describes efforts made by the German and UK governments to cultivate and process the fibre for special war purposes during World War I and II.
Cotton tie for label to Bluebuck’s socks.
Extract of email from Pierre at Bluebuck 14th March
the melange socks are slightly thicker (made with 5 different yarns) than the nautical socks (made with 4 different yarns).