ECOLOGICAL ? FAIR TRADE?
Swedish Stockings has its own 'recycling club', with which it wants to get rid of torn nylon stockings. Those who want to be part of that 'club' can send their broken stockings (at least three pairs each) to Sweden and be able to get a 50 percent discount on their next purchase. The recycled yarns from which 'new' nylons are made are produced by NILIT Ecocare, which has a “zero waste” policy, and certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). The recycled fabrics are non-toxic, because NILIT Ecocare recycled yarns meet the requirements of the Oeko-Tex 100 standard, which ensures that textiles do not contain harmful chemicals. The factories in Italy run on solar energy and the dyes are environmentally friendly.
Swedish Stockings are designed in Sweden and produced in Italy. However, the Clean Clothes Campaign warns that some factories in Italy are not paying living wages either. Not guaranteed fair trade, but the best option if you are looking for stockings.
Supergoods , Brabantdam 56b, Ghent
Tip: Supergoods collects old panties to be recycled to construction materials. Customers get extra points on their loyalty card if they bring in waste panties at the Supergoods stores !
Just Hazel , Burgrstraat 136, Ghent