Is your product made in the USA?
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. We work with two dye houses, three knitters, and one spinner, all family-owned and operated and all in North Carolina. Our two main knitters have been in the same family for three generations. The wool in our Merino hiking socks is spun at a plant in western Massachusetts that has produced wool yarn for over 300 years! Our contracts help to keep these producers operating 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. We source our own cotton and wool yarns, making it easier for our sock knitters to manage their cash flow and stay afloat. (See the entire sock-making story at https://maggiesorganics.com/behind-the-label/)
How durable are Maggie’s Socks?
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 yarn 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 Maggie’s socks for many years.
Are your dyes organic?
Are the colors in Maggie’s products all natural?
No, the dyes we use are not all natural. We tried natural dyes when we started, but cotton is very oily. Oil and the water in dyestuff repel, meaning much of these ‘natural’ dyestuffs ended up going down the drain. We felt the mordant required to get the dyes to stay on our cotton were worse for the environment. We worked hard to source color-fast dyes, and that is when we switched to using all low-impact dyes, meaning they are made with less water, less heat, no formaldehyde, no carcinogens or mutagens. All of our dyestuffs meet the stringent dyeing standards in the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), meaning they are the most environmental dyes available that still provide colorfastness. Detailed standards for our dyestuffs can be found here : https://maggiesorganics.com/3rd-party-verification/
What does natural mean?
Unfortunately, there is no universal definition for the word “natural” as it applies to clothing. So, just like with food, it has come to mean many things to many different people and companies. To us at Maggie’s it means we seek out and follow the most aggressive standards we can find to make all of our products, we make sure to disclose the complete content of every sock and garment on every label, down to 1/10th of 1%. We disclose exactly where and how each product is made. It also means the primary content of every product is an organic natural fiber, meaning it grows in nature, and is minimally processed.
What does Naturally Bleached mean?
Our definition of Naturally Bleached means that we whiten using hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine, and we never 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. By contrast our bleaching agent, 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 it produces a ‘softer’ white than others processes because it leaves a small amount of the cotton’s natural hue. Unbleached cotton out of the field is a creamy milky color.
I have allergies, can I wear your socks?
Are Maggie’s products latex (rubber) free?
All of our socks are primarily made from organic cotton or organic wool, with a mix of nylon and spandex. Latex (rubber) is not used in our socks. Contents for each sock style is located on the product listing. All foot allergies are different., and we of course recommend that you talk directly to your doctor. And although we do not have specific studies that show organic cotton and organic wool are better for skin allergies, we have heard from many customers through our years in business that have said their foot allergies improved once they wore our socks. For those who are super sensitive, we do provide special Allergy Socks, which are made from 99.8% Organic Cotton and only 0.2% Spandex (a tiny bit at the top of the socks to prevent them from falling down). Allergy socks are available in Natural, untreated with dyes.
I am allergic to detergent; I am looking for detergent-free product.
The detergents we allow in all Maggie’s products 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. So, although all of our cotton is ‘scoured’ (washed) during processing, the detergents we use are much less harsh and contain less chemicals than normal detergents. Detailed standards for our detergents can be found in the Global Organic Textile Standards – GOTS here : https://maggiesorganics.com/3rd-party-verification/
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. However, on order to make sure our socks do not fall down or fall apart, we need to include a small percentage of other fibers. These include spandex and nylon, which provide stretch, durability, and performance in our socks – cotton and wool are soft and comfortable but not as durable and stretchy.
At Maggie’s we test every sock style frequently, at a certified fiber lad, to verify exact fiber contents down to the 1/10 of a percent. We list 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.
Contents for all socks can also be found here: https://maggiesorganics.com/product-content/
Is Organic cotton really better for me? I meant you don’t eat your socks.
What difference does organic cotton make?
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. Conventional cotton is one of the most pesticide-laden crops in world. Cotton is grown on 3-5% of the world’s cultivated land, yet uses 10% of word’s pesticides and 23-25% of the world’s insecticides each year. 5 of the top 9 pesticides used on cotton are classified as ‘probably carcinogens’ by the EPA. True that clothing is not designed to consume, but your skin is your biggest organ, and it does breathe.
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 according to the same standard as livestock grown for food (to USDA’s federal requirements for organic certification). 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.
Detailed standards for how our wool is processed can be found in the Global Organic Textile Standards.
Why don’t you have socks for men?
Maggie’s socks are available in all gender sizing. We have socks for all people – men wearing show size of 8 -12 wear a size L Maggie’s socks. Shoe sizes from 12.5 up can wear our XL size.
Will organic socks help with my husband’s stinky feet?
Maggie’s organic cotton socks are soft, comfortable, and breathable without many of the synthetic fibers found in most socks. Or try our organic wool socks which naturally absorbs moisture up to 35% of its weight.
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 of our colors in 100% cotton thread. Our thread is not currently organic as we determined it would make our garments too expensive.
Are Maggie’s products vegan?
All of our products are Vegan except those made with Organic Merino Wool.
What is Modal and why do you use it?
At Maggie’s we are always looking to add performance to our products by incorporating other fibers besides organic cotton and organic wool. But many of the fibers available today do not meet our environmental standards. After years of trying to source a sustainable Modal, we are happy to introduce our new organic cotton/Modal sweaters, make with Birla Levo Modal.
We source our Modal from renewable natural wood pulp grown in FSC-certified sustainable forests in Canada, India and Sweden. Our Modal is entirely processed in India, where our sweaters are made, thereby reducing our carbon footprint.
Our Sweater knit garments start with a unique blend of fibers. We have perfectly partnered our organic cotton with luxuriously soft Modal.
With strength akin to cotton, Modal adds a fluid drape with continued lustre and softness even after repeated washings.
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 labor practices. Unfortunately, these farmers discontinued their growing of organic hemp. We continue to seek out another source that follows our standards of farming and social practices. Please contact us if you know of any – noting that we do not purchase form China.
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 with every vendor before we agree source with them. In most cases, we also visit the facilities and interview workers as well as management before our first order is completed. The labor standards we use are based upon those of the internationally recognized grassroots anti-sweatshop organization: The Clean Clothes Campaign.
Through the years, we have been vetted by many labor organizations (https://maggiesorganics.com/3rd-party-verification/) both private and public.
- In a study funded by the US Department of State, call Free2Work, Maggies received the highest rating of over 300 apparel brands.
- Most of our apparel is certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The aim of the standard is to ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling.
- We are a Guaranteed Member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), which means our suppliers have been audited according to their Guarantee System.
- 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.
- We believe in transparency throughout our supply chain and honoring all of the hands that work to make Maggie’s products.
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 garments). This shrink will occur during the first three washings. To avoid shrinkage, wash at lower temperatures and minimize machine drying (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 right 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 knitting companies dyer and spinners in business 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, and comply with the highest international standards (Global Organic Fiber Standards – GOTS)
- 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.