Leaving the Earth better than we found it.
As a Certified B Corporation®, we do business a little differently. Knowing that fashion and sustainability go hand-in-hand, we understand that every action we take today has an impact on tomorrow. This is why we are committed to using sustainably-sourced, eco-friendly fibers in every product we make, allowing you to embrace your individuality without compromising your earth-friendly principles.
Proudly made in Hickory, North Carolina
Today, only 3% of apparel consumption is domestically-sourced. All of our products are manufactured at our own mill in Hickory, North Carolina. In addition to our sustainable production methods, we take great pride in caring for our employees, valuing people over profit. As ethical practices are paramount to our brand, we pay all of our employees living wages, along with generous medical benefits. We are proud to be one of the few knitting mills in American hosiery that offers these types of benefits and hope to inspire others to do the same.
Turning waste into wear.
Working in collaboration with Recover™, we utilize recycled cotton yarns made from remnants from production scraps and used clothing to knit our products. While these scraps would normally go into a landfill, Recover's Upcycling System allows them to turn regular textile waste into quality, upcycled yarns. These remnants are ground down and re-spun into our own yarns, without adding any additional dyes or colors in this process, keeping them as "clean" as possible. These recycled yarns are also certified by the Global Recycling Standard and Oeko-Tex, making them even that much more awesome and approved for you.
To learn more about exactly how these yarns are made, watch the video from Recover™ below!
What are carbon offsets and how do they help?
Carbon offsets are a practical and effective way to address climate change and encourage the growth of renewable energy. We offer carbon offsets for purchase on every order placed on SolmateSocks.com. At the end of each year, Solmate Socks matches every carbon offset purchase, dollar-for-dollar, using the grand total to purchase offsets via Native Energy.
Native Energy is a Vermont-based organization that helps promote renewable energy, methane abatement and fuel efficiency projects around the globe. We are, and always have been, committed to protecting the environment, our employees and the community in which we serve.
We are B Corp™ Certified! So what does that actually mean?
B Corp™ Certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to orange juice. Certified B Corps™ are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. A company has to meet a minimum performance benchmark aggregated across all categories to become certified. Today, there is a growing community of more than 2,200 Certified B Corps from 50+ countries and over 130 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to use business as a force for good.
To learn more about our certification, check out our B Corp Profile.
Why did we become B Corp™ Certified?
Solmate Socks earned B Corp status for our commitment to sustainability, for the way we treat our employees, and how we make decisions as a company. The certification matters because it signals our commitment to community, makes public our intentions as a company, and validates our practices through rigorous outside review.
Knowing that fashion and sustainability go hand-in-hand, we understand that every action we take today has an impact on tomorrow. This is why we committed to being a part of this community, driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good.
The B Corp Movement
What does this all mean for you?
We know you have many choices when choosing which brands to support and which products to buy. When you support a B Corporation™ brand, you can feel good about supporting these change-makers in business and make better buying decisions that benefit you, your planet, and your community. Learn more about other B Corp™ brands who have joined this powerful movement here!