Maggie’s Functional Organics

Oh, the search for fair-labor socks. It’s a long and arduous one, I assure you. I suppose I could get around it by simply making my own socks — except I know nothing about knitting. I wouldn’t even know where to start. And from the research I’ve done on the subject, knitting socks looks really, really hard.

Enter my husband, my knight in shining armor, who found

Maggie’s Functional Organics one day while I was at the mall desperately trying to find some children’s socks that weren’t made in China.

Now, after spending several hours perusing their website and ordering socks for my children for school next year, I’m in love with Maggie’s. When it comes to organic, hyper-allergenic, and ethical clothing, these people are meticulous. Take a look at the multi-page pdf of their Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about what’s in their clothing. And take some time to read all about their Fair-Labor practices. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find links to picture of the people and facilities that their company employs, including their growers, spinners, knitters, sewers, and screen-printers.

Now the big question; this company is unmistakeably Organic and fair labor. So how are their prices? Well, they’re decent. Yes, they’re more expensive than Walmart. An adult pair of socks is $8 and a single pair of youth socks is $6. However, they do sell tri-packs and six-packs for slightly less, and they also offer irregular packs, which are around half of regular price. They also offer clothing, which I found to be extremely reasonable. Here’s what I picked out . . .

Youth socks for my kids . . .

I actually love that they’re unisex since my three older children all share the same size socks.

A Criss-Cross 3/4 sleeve tee for yours truly (only $22 from the outlet section of the website) . . .

And, for my littlest one, because tie-dye socks look fabulous on tiny baby feet (trust me, I speak from experience) . . .

These are available for $10, in case you’re keeping track.

Maggie’s has a number of items I think I might be coming back to order as time passes; white t-shirts for my husband, tights for my 5-year-old, and, maybe closer to Christmas, a few of these . . .


Sock monkeys! It’s extremely difficult to find fair-labor toys, and these are organic, too. What really caught my eye, though, is that they’re machine washable. Have you ever tried to clean four children’s stuffed toys after a stomach flu has made it through the house? Yeah, it’s gross, I know, but machine wash-ability is absolutely vital in our household.

Speaking of fair-labor toys, that’s my next big quest. For the last few years, Etsy has made it easier to find fair-labor toys and children’s products, but the recent Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act is making it harder for small-scale toy-makers to stay in business. If you have any information or have found a source for fair-labor toys, please let me know. My addiction to toys is second only to my addiction to fabric, and, as of this post, there’s only five months of Christmas shopping left. 🙂

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4 Responses to “Maggie’s Functional Organics”


  1. 1 Claudia July 20, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Wow! this is great! It´s those little things that are sometimes the hardest to find…now I only wish that shopping online living in mexico, didn´t scare me so! I´m so scared what I order will never arrive , get “lost” on the way or be charged ridiculouse taxes… I envy you! thanks for the tip though…maybe one day i´ll be brave enough! Clau

  2. 2 Anna July 21, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Aren’t they great! I love the tights even though they’re expensive (adult size) they are very thick and will actually last quite a while, if you don’t lose them. I got the textured ones. The kids socks, apologies in advance, didn’t last more than 2 weeks on my older son before they became thin in the heels. But my husband loves their wool hiking socks, and the regular socks for myself are great!

  3. 3 jenni July 21, 2010 at 9:48 am

    You’re post has just inspired me to, finally, finally, learn how to knit socks. Also, I don’t know if you’ve read soulemama.com, but she has advertisers on her blog that support eco-friendly toys that are usually handcrafted.

  4. 4 Deanna July 22, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I love Maggies too. I started a Frontier buying club a couple years ago and they sell Maggies products. You can start your own club for only $10 and then get wholesale prices on all kinds of wonderful products! (I’m wearing my Maggie’s tank today :))


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