Are you still looking for a low budget sustainable Christmas gift? Or would you like to surprise someone with a small present? Then a pair of cool, sustainable socks is thé ideal gift! Because let’s face it, we can all use an extra pair of socks, right? Are you looking for colourful, cheerful socks for your niece or a pair of warm, woollen socks for your grandpa? At COSH! we collected the best sustainable sock brands that keep both small and big feet nice and warm!

What exactly is a sustainable sock?

A sustainable sock is first and foremost a high-quality sock. Cheap fast fashion socks that are discoloured and out of shape after a few washes are anything but sustainable! Therefore, we recommend that you invest a little more in a a pair with good quality that you can enjoy for a longer time.

From a sustainability point of view, we at COSH! also prefer socks made from natural materials such as organic cotton. This cotton is grown without harmful pesticides, which is better for people and the environment. Do you want to read more about the advantages of organic cotton? Click here. Do you see the GOTS label? Then you know you're on the right track. This label guarantees organic cultivation and good working conditions for cotton farmers.

Are socks with polyester and polyamide sustainable?

Unfortunately, it is still difficult to make a sock from 100% natural materials that is comfortable to wear. Therefore most socks contain a proportion of polyamide or elastane, derived from crude oil. These materials are not natural and also not biodegradable, which makes it difficult to recycle socks. However, this percentage of synthetic material is necessary to ensure good elasticity and comfort of the sock. Also, elastane makes your socks last longer, which is more sustainable in the long run.

A synthetic material based on petroleum also means that microplastics are released during washing. Do you want to avoid this? Then we recommend using a GuppyFriend. This clever bag catches the small plastic particles and prevents them from ending up in our seas and oceans!

1. Good Wool Story

Good Wool Story's high-quality wool socks are made from 100% yak wool and will keep your feet nice and warm! The socks have a natural colour and are therefore not treated with chemical dyes. This makes the socks completely biodegradable. The brand buys the yak down directly from the local nomads in Mongolia, where the production also takes place. Founder of the brand Nomindari, works closely with a local NGO and 2% of the proceeds go to climate projects in Mongolia.

Shop the Good Wool Story socks in the cosy winter pop-up in Bruges.

2. Zokk’n

Is your laundry basket full of lonely socks? Put an end to this problem thanks to Belgian sock brand Zokk'n. These colourful, woollen socks are not sold in pairs but as single socks and are perfect for mixing and matching! The socks consist of 85% mulesing free merino wool and are ethically produced in Portugal. The Zokk'n collection is not seasonal and always consists of the same 9 colours. Did you lose a sock? Then you can easily replace it with another one at Zokk’n!

Shop Zokk'n at MINIMAL in Antwerp, at Vertelles in Mechelen and at Supergoods in Ghent.

3. HeroOnSocks

HeroOnSocks wants to change the world on socks! The Belgian sock brand originated from the Belgian project ‘De Warmste Week’ and has since expanded with several collections that each support a good cause. HeroOnSocks produces its socks in Europe and always opts for sustainable materials. Most collections consist of GOTS certified organic cotton and the brand even has a sock made of 100% recycled yarn. The #Hackyourjeans socks are made from old jeans and are completed with the natural materials Tencel and Ecovero, derived from wood pulp. Moreover, with the recycled socks you also support homeless shelters in Belgium.

Do you want to discover the different colourful collections and support Belgian charities and organisations? Shop the HeroOnSocks socks at Løv | Elly in Deurne, at Borgerhub in Borgerhout and at VITA concept store in Turnhout.

4. Qnoop

Trouble finding matching pairs of socks in the laundry basket? Qnoop has come up with a good solution for that! The Amsterdam-based label makes socks with a button on one sock and a loop on the other. Tie the socks together before you throw them in the laundry and save yourself time folding your socks! Qnoop socks are produced in Portugal with GOTS certified organic cotton and OEKO-TEX certified dye.

Shop the Qnoop socks at Supergoods Ghent, Supergoods Antwerp and at HOST in Antwerp Berchem.

5. Thought

Looking for sustainable Christmas socks with Christmas trees, snowflakes or penguins made from organic cotton? Then you will find it at the Australian brand Thought. Besides organic cotton socks, the brand also uses natural materials such as hemp and bamboo. For the polyester part, the brand uses recycled material with the Global Recycled Standard.

Shop Thought socks for kids at Doekjes en Broekjes in Leuven. Shop socks for women and cool Christmas gift boxes at Tenue Préférée in Leuven, at Kiez in Antwerp and at Kudzu in Bruges.

6. A-dam

Looking for a colourful and warm Christmas gift? Discover the cheerful socks of the Dutch brand A-dam. The socks are made of 84% GOTS organic cotton and 15% econyl (synthetic yarn made of fishing nets). The socks have a button made from recycled polyester that prevents loss as well as a cute embroidered detail with playful illustrations. Production takes place in a SA8000 certified factory in Turkey.

Shop the A-Dam socks at Fonetik in Aalst, at Rand in Mortsel, at HOST in Antwerp Berchem, at Harvest Club in Leuven, at MOOSE in the CITY in Antwerp and at the different Brooklyn branches.

8. Dedicated

Are you looking for nice socks for men with fun patterns? Then Dedicated is the right brand for you! This brand makes socks with GOTS certified organic cotton.

Discover these great socks with bikes, Christmas trees, Super Mario clouds and much more at Supergoods in Ghent, Antwerp and Mechelen, at César Menswear in Mortsel, at Harvest Club in Leuven and at Freedom in Aalst.

9. Swedish Stockings

Fans of festive glitter socks and panty hose will certainly find their thing at Swedish Stockings. This Swedish brand makes socks from recycled yarn. For the panties the brand uses recycled nylon and elastane. Swedish Stockings is making great efforts to close the loop as much as possible. That is why you can bring back broken panties and nylon stockings at Swedish Stockings. In their recycling centres these will be recycled into new products for the furniture and industrial sector.

Shop Swedish Stockings socks and panties at Supergoods in Ghent, Antwerp and Mechelen, at Tenue Préférée and at Harvest Club in Leuven and at Kiez in Antwerp.

10. Grödo

The ultimate classic Christmas sock with a sustainable character can be found at Anders Getint in Leuven. Grödo makes socks from organic cotton and wool that will definitely give you a cosy Christmas feeling!

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