All of our products are knit from the ingenious repurposing of 100% recycled cotton yarn. We collect remnants from t-shirt factories that would normally go into a landfill, grind them down to basic material and re-spin that material into our own yarn. These recycled yarns are certified by the Global Recycling Standard and Oeko-Tex. Certification requires that our materials are free from harmful substances, made with respect for the environment and respect for human rights. Using recycled yarns means that Sidekick Socks decreases the amount of cotton waste sent to landfills. Our yarns also reduce the amount of water, land, pesticides and herbicides used to grow new cotton fibers as well as eliminates the need for harmful chemicals to dye virgin cotton yarn.
Carbon Offsets for Shipping
We also offer carbon offsets for purchase on all shipping. At the end of each year, Sidekick Socks will match 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 will be committed to protecting the environment, our employees and the community in which we serve.
Determined to do our part as an eco-friendly company, we adhere to a “zero-waste” policy, meaning we ensure that no material in production goes unused! Being that almost any type of production can create some waste, we challenge ourselves to continually find creative and useful ways to reuse these leftover materials or scraps. Below are some of the innovative ways we have been able to utilize this surplus leaving zero waste for our planet. We divert these scraps from landfills by opting instead to find a good use for them, such as utilizing these scraps for new products and supplying weavers, schools and artisans with fantastic materials for beautiful projects.
Recycling Through the Last Drop
As we truly believe that every little bit counts when it comes to recycling, we ensure that no scraps (even the tiniest pieces!) go unused. That's why we partner with Portland Garment Factory to recycle the scraps that are too small for crafting through GemText Recycling. GemText is a Northwest-based sustainability company that is passionate about helping people recycle their textiles and keep them out of landfills. Textiles take up nearly 8% of our country’s landfills and almost all of them take hundreds of years to de-compose! They actually take up more space in our landfill than any other non-durable goods in the solid waste system. This is why GemText accepts donated clothing, shoes, purses, belts and household linens, and then finds appropriate uses for the donated items. Nearly 98% of what is donated is usable! They utilize even the tiniest textile particles to pulverize for use in making things like stuffing for dog beds, insulation padding and more. We're so proud to partner with such amazing companies in an effort to remain a zero-waste company.