Solmate Socks

Whimsically Mismatched

Who They Are

It seems like socks are always going missing and wildly mismatching socks become an all-too-common, sometimes weird fashion statement. Marianne Wakerlin was inspired by this common quandary when she dreamed up the idea for Solmate Socks. She thought, ‚ÄúLife is too short for matching socks!‚ÄĚ and went forth creating colorful, cozy, beautifully made socks (that don‚Äôt match...on purpose!).

In 2015, Marianne’s son and daughter-in-law took over the family business, continuing the commitment to quality and sustainability that has been integral to Solmate since the very beginning.


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Why We Like Them

All Solemate products are made in America and use pre-consumer, recycled cotton yarn taken from t-shirt factories. Not only does using recycled cotton redirect material that would otherwise be sent to the landfill, but this also saves all of that water, energy, and land needed to grow new fibers! Plus, the yarn is certified by both the Global Recycling Standard and Oeko-Tex.

Textiles comprise around 8% of our landfills. Fibers don‚Äôt break down nearly as quickly as one might think, some even take hundreds of years. That’s why¬†Solemate is committed to maintaining zero-waste operations. Any extra-scraps or unsellable socks are incorporated into other accessories or are donated to ‚ÄėEndless Possibilities‚Äô, a North Carolina arts organization that gives all proceeds to programs that support survivors of sexual assault.


  • Family Business
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
    Sustainable Manufacturing
  • OEKO-TEX
    OEKO-TEX
  • Made in the USA
    Made in the USA
  • Upcycled Cotton
    Upcycled Cotton
  • Recycled Cotton
    Recycled Cotton
  • Recycled PET Fabric
    Recycled PET Fabric

This product is made by a family-owned business. EarthHero loves to support and empower businesses built around strong family values. 

Some or all of the energy used to make this product is produced via renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, or hydropower.

The OEKO-TEX¬ģ Standard 100 is a global independent certification system that regulates the use of harmful chemicals for yarns, fabrics, and finished textiles. Products with this certification meet rigorous environmentally friendly standards, as well as human-ecological health standards. OEKO-TEX¬ģ also creates standards based on the item‚Äôs proximity and sensitivity of the skin. For example, OEKO-TEX¬ģ holds baby clothing to a higher standard than an outer coat. For a product to earn this certification, all parts of the product must meet the criteria, including parts of clothing such as buttons, linings, threads, etc.

 

This product was made in the United States. Buying locally made items helps to reduce harmful emissions that result from transportation during and after the production process. Purchasing products made in the United States also ensures that the items are produced in ways that meet strict safety and labor standards.

Upcycled cotton salvages pre- and post-consumer fabric scraps and reuses them in new designs. Fabric scraps are cleaned, sorted, and often unwoven before being used again in new items. Upcycling cotton prevents the need for new textiles to be produced, and extends the life cycle of existing materials, rather than sending them to the landfill. Plus, it maintains the original structure of the cotton yarn, eliminating extra energy that would otherwise be needed to break down and respin the fibers into new yarn.

Recycled cotton is created by salvaging post-industrial and post-consumer cotton scraps. The scraps are cleaned, sorted, stripped down, and separated into fibers before being respun into new yarn. This yarn can be utilized to make new textiles, while avoiding the energy and resources required to produce virgin fibers. Plus, it extends the valuable life cycle of the material instead of sending it to the landfill.

Recycled PET utilizes salvaged post-industrial PET scraps and post-consumer products such as water bottles and other plastic containers. These plastics are dried, crushed, and spun into yarn in order to create recycled PET fabric, or polyester. By providing a use for recycled plastics, companies encourage recycling programs worldwide, while adding new value to discarded items. Currently, over half of virgin PET production goes towards making textiles, so by utilizing recycled PET, post-consumer materials are both diverting waste while taking the place of raw materials. This helps to reduce the demand for the extraction of oil, as well as energy used to produce new synthetic fibers.

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