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Every action has an impact on the planet and our collective goal should be to make the negative impact as minimal as possible. 

With that in mind, our goal is to sell quality products made from the most sustainable materials possible from start to finish - from growing cotton and bamboo to turning it into fibers to fabric to product manufacturing, etc.

It also means the manufacturing process is sustainable for the people involved. Fair wages, safe work environments, and respect - ethical manufacturing.

Our Products

Socks

​​We spent a lot of time looking for great socks. We wanted socks that were sustainably made, by companies that care about the environment, their employees, supply chain, and are socially conscious. 

AND we wanted quality socks that are comfortable. After much testing, we settled on offering two kinds of socks - bamboo and organic cotton.

Bamboo is an amazing resource. It can grow over 3 feet in a single day and once harvested regenerates much like the grass in your lawn. Our bamboo socks are super soft and comfortable. They are lightweight and great for wearing dress shoes, boots, or every day sneakers.

Our bamboo sock vendor has a number of certifications including recently earning a B Corp Certification showing they meet the highest social and environmental impact standards. Other certifications include Ecocert, PETA Vegan Approved, and OEKO-TEX

Organic cotton is grown without the use of insecticides or synthetic fertilizers like traditionally grown cotton. Our organic cotton socks are thicker than the bamboo and more like what you might think of as a traditional cotton crew sock.

Our organic cotton sock vendor is proud to have made every pair of socks in the USA using real fair trade practices since 1992. Their 3rd party verifications include Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and the Fair Trade Federation

Tanks, Tees and Hoodies

We recently partnered with a manufacturer in India to start our own brand of sustainable basics. Made from 100% GOTS organic cotton, these items are produced at an ethical cut and sew manufacturer employing and empowering women in need in Delhi, India. They combine fair-trade labor practices with sustainably sourced materials to craft exceptional products.

The cotton used meets the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), they are a member of Chicago Fair Trade and have a pending B Corp Certification

We are thrilled to be partnering with another company that values people and the planet over profits and is a women-owned company.

Clothing (Textile) Recycling

What is clothing recycling? Good question. When I started this adventure in 2019, the definition of clothing recycling I had in my head was clothing being broken down to fibers and turned into something else. 

However, after much research I discovered many clothing recyclers were collecting only usable clothing and selling it, donating to charities, or shipping it overseas to be sold. If items were not usable (i.e. your hole-y socks) they would be thrown away or incinerated. 

After lots of phone calls, emails and dead ends, I found a textile recycler who fit the bill. This recycler works with similar companies to Basic Revolution and is passionate about keeping textiles out of the landfill. You can send back items in any condition. Useable items will go to the secondhand marketing and unusable items are broken down and turned into insulation. If you happen to send items that are not worn, those will be sent to a charity. Make sure all the items you send back have been laundered first.

Transparency is important to us and to sustainability. If you have any questions about our products or practices please reach out. We are happy to share and discuss. We want to do our best but we can’t do it alone.

Cheers!
Andrea
Founder - Basic Revolution