Verdict: High Quality, Made in America, Ethical
Darn Tough Socks is an American company that produces socks in Vermont from ethically treated merino wool.
What they sell: Socks
Transparency: Fairly Transparent. Socks are made in the U.S.A. following U.S. labour laws and they have a focus on purchasing domestically grown and made raw materials. However, they do not give any further information on the environmental impacts of their company.
What They Are Doing Great:
- Merino wool is natural, warm, and requires less washing than man made fibers.
- Their wool is sourced ethically from non-mulesed sheep and they have a focus on purchasing domestically.
- A lifetime guarantee means that these socks are built to last and as with any item of clothing: the fewer we need to buy, the less ends up in a landfill.
Room for Improvement:
- Some socks are made from Coolmax, which is a variant of polyester. Polyester is made from a non-renewable resource (crude oil) and causes a lot of pollution to produce.
Emailed Monday March 21 2016 to ask:
- Do you make an effort to reduce waste from packaging or to use recycled or biodegradable content and non-toxic inks for your shipping and marketing materials?
- You use Coolmax for some socks. How do you ensure that materials like Coolmax are coming from ethical and environmentally responsible sources?
- Do you make efforts to treat employees in your factory and offices fairly? (Examples would be paying a living wage, providing extra paid maternity leave, or giving days off for volunteering in the community)
- Do you track and make goals to reduce your consumption of water, natural gas and electricity? Do these goals also apply to suppliers?