Reviewed by Laura Bown
There are some things that we all find in our Christmas stockings. A tangerine, a lump of coal, a Toblerone, and socks!
The department stores will be awash with novelty socks multipacks, ready for everyone to buy, why not buy some socks that are making a difference and are of a high quality?
Critically Endangered Socks are socks with a difference. They support charities by giving a 20% of each sale to animal charities supporting the 5 most endangered animals.
The 5 animals are the Borneo Orangutan, Maui Dolphin, Amur Leopard, Hawksbill Turtle and The Sumatran Elephant. Each sock is a limited edition of 1000 pairs, with sales from each supporting a charity involved with that particular animal. Each animal has its own colour scheme, orange Orangutan, Blue dolphin, Grey leopard, green turtle, and pink elephant.
I was sent the Borneo Orangutan socks. Priced at £12.00 for a single pair, or £48 for 5 pairs, these are not cheap socks. It is a lot more than I would normally pay, so I was interested to see what the quality would be like. They are available in 2 sizes: Small (UK 4-7) & Large (UK 8-13).
They arrived in a well thought out cardboard package, which is both sustainable and recyclable. The packaging is great, and you could send this as a gift in the post, it does look impressive to open it. They come with a little fact card about the animal, and why they are endangered. I was surprised how thick and soft they felt and how colourful they were. I could tell that these were of a higher quality than I would normally find in socks.
The socks are made from a blend of 40% bamboo, 40% cotton, 15% polyester, 5% spandex. They are soft and stretchy. They are quite long as socks go, so would be suitable for wearing in boots etc. I wore them all the next day, which included a school run, a full day at work and a walk when I got home. They stayed comfy all day.
The one thing I couldn’t find, either in the packaging or on the website was the washing instructions. So I just put them in with my normal wash, and they washed well, with no shrinkage that I could see.
This year I am trying to buy Christmas gifts in a more ethical way. I want to buy things that will last, that are quality and really mean something. I have relatives who are very ethically minded (far more than me!) and I am going to get them a set of the 5 different socks, as I know it is a gift they would appreciate. It would also be a good gift for a child to get a relative, they could choose the animal they wanted to support, and it could open up important conversations about what we need to do to help these animals.
The fact that 20% of the sales does go to recognised animal charities, really does make a difference to me, and I do feel that this is a way to shop in a more ethical way. For that reason, I give the socks 4/5, and they will be my go-to sock gift for this year!
For more information or to buy visit www.criticallyendangeredsocks.com.