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F.A.Q.

Why choose organic cotton over conventionally grown cotton?
Organic farming standards are based upon the use of materials and practices that enhance ecological balance and forbid the use of harsh pesticides, herbicides, defoliants and synthetic fertilizers.  Conventional cotton farming allows the use of these agrochemicals, which are not only irritating to the skin, but the process devastates groundwater, natural habitats, soil fertility, and public health.

Why are Maggie’s Socks not 100% Cotton or 100% Wool?
Our goal always is to have the highest percentage of organic fiber as possible.  We do need to include other fibers in order to provide stretch, durability, and performance in our socks – cotton and wool are soft and comfortable but not as durable and stretchy.

Maggie’s lists all of our fiber contents down to the 1/10 of a percent.  We also identify each fiber by name – even though the FTC suggests not naming fibers that make up 5% or less – in order to fully disclose all components in each product we make.

Are Maggie’s products latex (rubber) free?
The following Maggie’s products include Latex/Rubber: Baby Tights, Youth Tights, Grapevine Stripe Tights.  For the complete content list of all products, see our Product Content page.

Is the thread in your garments 100% organic cotton or synthetic?
The thread used in our natural color garments is 100% cotton.  However, our dyed garments do include cotton-covered polyester thread, as our producers have trouble sourcing many colors in 100% cotton thread.

Are Maggie’s products vegan?
All of our products can be considered Vegan, except those made with Organic Merino Wool.

How does Maggie’s ensure that the sheep that produce our wool are treated humanely?
Maggie’s only uses Certified Organic Wool in our products.  The sheep that produce our organic wool must be treated in ways that comply with USDA’s federal requirements for organic certification regarding livestock.  These include:
* Livestock feed and forage used from the last third of gestation on must be organic.
* Use of synthetic hormones and genetic engineering is prohibited.
* Use of synthetic pesticides (internal, external, and on pastures) is prohibited.
* Producers must encourage livestock health through good cultural and management practices.

To learn more details about how our wool socks and other products are made from farm to finish, visit our Behind the Label page.

Why does Maggie’s no longer carry hemp products?
We formerly purchased all of our organic hemp from a group of cooperative farmers in France.  They used dew retting to remove the fiber and had great employment practices.  Unfortunately, these farmers discontinued their growing of organic hemp.  We will continue to seek out another source that follows our standards of farming and employment practices.

Why doesn’t Maggie’s use Bamboo fibers?
The vast majority of ‘bamboo’ fiber used in apparel products is actually Rayon, a manufactured fiber that is often made from wood but can also be made from bamboo.  Even though bamboo itself requires little to no chemicals to grow, rayon manufacturing uses highly toxic chemicals to turn the bamboo into yarn.  In addition, this processing removes the natural properties of the original material, so rayon made from bamboo does not retain the anti-microbial benefits of the original bamboo.

How does Maggie’s make sure products are not made in sweatshops?
We require full disclosure of working conditions and production standards.  A questionnaire for all suppliers asks specific questions about average salary, benefits, health care, etc…,is reviewed before production begins.  In most cases, we visit the facilities and interview workers as well as management.  The labor standards we use are based upon those of the internationally recognized grassroots anti-sweatshop organization: The Clean Clothes Campaign.

Maggie’s has direct contracts with each step of our supply chains, from the field to the finished product.  To learn more about how each of our products are made, visit our Behind the Label page.

I have very sensitive skin and/or chemical sensitivity.  Does Maggie’s have a sock that is appropriate for me?
Yes!  First of all, each pair of our socks is made with organic fibers and processed without the addition of harsh post-harvest chemicals used to make conventional socks.  Since 1992, when we started with our organic cotton socks, we have heard from many of our customers whose feet do not have problems with our socks simply because of our production materials and methods.
However, our socks do contain some synthetic materials because cotton and wool do not have any natural stretch or much durability on their own.  For those who are super sensitive, we do provide a special Allergy Sock, which has 99.8% Organic Cotton and 0.2% Spandex (only a tiny bit at the top of the sock to prevent it from falling down).  This sock is available in Natural, untreated with dyes.

I am allergic to detergent; I am looking for detergent-free product.
The detergents we allow are those that are non-silicone-based and do not contain petroleum solvents.  ‘Anti-wrinkle agent’ is a name for numerous functional chemical finishes that makes fabrics ‘permanent press’ – we do not allow these finishes.

Are the colors in Maggie’s products all natural?
No, the dyestuff we use is not all natural.  However, we make sure the dyes our processors use are as environmentally sustainable as possible.  All of our products meet the stringent dyeing standards in the North American Organic Fiber Processing Standards, and are free of formaldehyde and heavy metals.

What does Naturally Bleached mean?
Our definition of Naturally Bleached means that we whiten using hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine and do not add optical whiteners.  Chlorine is quite toxic and has a long half-life, taking a very long time to degrade, and optical whiteners do not degrade at all!  In contrast, hydrogen peroxide degrades easily and safely into oxygen and water and even helps neutralize the effluent in water from dyeing factories.  The end result of our Natural Bleaching is a softer white than other because it leaves an attractive amount of the cotton’s natural hue.

How much can I expect Maggie’s products to shrink?
Shrink varies slightly in each different run of fabric, but in general, if washed and dried according to our instructions, our garments will shrink between 5% and 7% (approximately 1” in the width and length of most).  This shrink should occur during the first three washings.  To avoid shrinkage, wash at lower temperatures and minimize machine drying (it’s also better for the environment and helps clothes last longer).  Socks will shrink a bit as well (if they are machine dried), but due to their construction, they will stretch back to fit your feet.

Does Maggie’s have a store location?
We do not have an official store at our warehouses in either Michigan or North Carolina.  However, pre-orders may be placed online or via the phone and may be picked up at our Michigan location any business day of the week.

What makes Maggie’s Socks so special?

  1. All of Maggie’s Socks are Made in the USA.
    Maggie’s is proud that every pair of socks we have made since 1992 has been made in the USA using fair trade practices.  Our contracts help to keep five different knitting companies in business in North Carolina and Alabama, in an industry that has been ravaged by foreign competition.  All workers involved from the start to finish of our products are treated fairly and paid a fair wage.
  2. All of Maggie’s Socks are made from Certified Organic Fibers according to the North American Organic Fiber Processing Standards.
    Using Certified Organic Fibers and following organic processing standards helps reduce the environmental impact from manufacturing our products, it prohibits the use of chemicals that harm the environment and are detrimental to human health.  Overall, these organic processes produce a healthier, safer pair of socks not only for the environment but also the people who make and wear them.
  3. Our Socks are designed to last.
    We use older and slower machines to knit most of our styles of socks.  These machines put less stress on the organic cotton and organic wool fibers, which results in the socks lasting longer.  We also spin our cotton using slower techniques, again protecting the fibers.  We use combed cotton in all of our socks – for a smoother, softer feel.  We often hear from our customers who have worn the same pair of socks year after year, and each time it gives us a great sense of pride.
  4. Maggie’s is an independently owned and run company.
    Maggie’s has been independently owned and operated since its creation.  Because we do not have corporate backing, we are able to react to customers’ requests and comments and are free to pursue our own passions – creating functional and durable apparel made using organic fibers and fair trade practices.

Why did my Mesh Sweater Tee Shrink? 

The "Sage" and "Wine" Mesh Sweater Tees are made from the first run of a brand new fabric, Maggie's signature first ever 100% Organic Cotton mesh. Due to the loose knit of the mesh and newness of this fabric type, the Tees are expected to shrink in length (not width). For best results, we recommend the garment be HAND WASHED in COLD water then laid flat to dry to help maintain its shape. Don’t worry though! We made this Tee extra long, in sleeves and torso, to accommodate for fabric shrink!  This fabric has a great texture and its 100% cotton! We love it and we know you will too! 

We are launching more colors of this Tee in Fall 2016 & the fabric is stabilizing with each run. We appreciate your patience while we continue to develop this groundbreaking new fabric.

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