Last fall I noticed the 10,000 Villages* store in a new location from where it had been before. I stopped in and purchased a pair of socks with cats, with a portion being donated to help animal shelters. I posted the info on my site, but my next socks purchase showed that they are made with 75% organic cotton, so I wanted to give the socks another boost.
But before I rave about the socks, I want to highlight what the back of the paper mini-shopping bag from 10,000 Villages states:
“my handcrafted ethically sourced, fair trade, eco-friendly, innovative, impactful, perfect in its imperfections, not factory made, people and planet lovin’ global community thriving, creativity sparkling, makes me wanna dream big dreams and read small words and know I did something empowering for myself and others today, irresistible, gift worthy____ is in here.” (Person can fill in the blank with item name.)
The words on the bottom of the bag are: This recyclable bag is made from 100% recycled fiber with a minimum of 95% post-consumer content and is printed with a water-based ink through a process that fully respects and safeguards the environment.
My socks are incredibly comfortable and I never realized how important a well-fitting and good-feeling sock could be, so I went back recently to purchase two more pairs, one regular ankle sock style and one (shorter) sports sock for sneakers:
On the backs of each of the cardboard and string that hold the socks is this message:
“Your purchase today helps save the lives of million of dogs (one pair) and millions of cats (another pair) that enter shelters across the US each year. Each sale of this pair donates $1 to Best Friends Animal Society, strengthening their mission of saving animals and helping pets find their forever home.”
Underneath are two symbols that indicate that:
1) all the cotton is Fairtrade Certified with a website: www.info.fairtrade.net
2) the socks are made with 75% organic materials certified by OneCert. One-3199.
(Website for socks: www.consciousstep.com)
I am not sure if it is the organic cotton that makes them so comfy, but I am planning to buy more of these socks in the near future and donate my well-worn “normal” socks to Green Drop recycling center, because now that I know how great these socks feel, I’m spoiled!!
P.S. I just Googled www.consciousstep.com and see that they carry giraffe- patterned socks and that my purchase will help protect them. That’s what I will buy next. I am a giraffe freak!
*From Wikipedia: Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 artisan groups in more than 35 countries.