Soft feel and breathable properties make cotton our material of choice for socks. Despite being the most widely used natural fiber in clothing, conventionally grown cotton relies heavily on irrigation water and chemicals, such as herbicides, fertilizers, and insecticides. Given these negative characteristics, we made a pledge to use exclusively sustainably grown cotton and we looked left and right for the right supplier to trust with our sourcing. We finally partnered with a cotonificio in Brescia (60km from us) which impressed us for the quality of their yarn and their sustainable methods of production.

Our Cotton Yarn

The journey of our cotton starts in Egypt, where our supplier directly grows non-genetically modified long staple cotton of the Giza 86 type on two farms on the banks of the Nile River. Egyptian Cotton is praised for the strength and fineness of its fiber and it is generally regarded as the best in the world. To preserve its quality, our cotton is carefully looked after and hand-picked in five stages to ensure the right maturity of the bolls and limit the use of chemicals, such as defoliants. The location of our farms is also ideal for cotton cultivation as the climate and proximity to the Nile act as a natural irrigation system, limiting the depletion of water resources. Once picked, the cotton is transferred to our supplier’s facility in Italy where it is hand combed to eliminate irregular and inferior particles and spun into yarn which is then dyed with colorants and auxiliaries that fully respect the human and environmental standards set by Oeko-Tex Standard 100.

Way Forward

As part of our agenda, we are committed to always improve our processes and find even more responsible ways to craft our high quality accessories. In this regard, we launched our first collection of socks made of 100% Organic Cotton. This cotton is not treated genetically and it is grown without the use of pesticides, chemical fertilisers or defoliants as established by the bioRe programme. On top of promoting organic and biodynamic farming, the BioRe Foundation also reinforces supported communities, in India and Tanzania, by income generation as well as improvements in health, education, and agricultural infrastructure.