The Tights Club – Sustainable Tights

by Leanne Goold in Oxton, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 29th February 2020 we successfully raised £2,038 with 29 supporters in 28 days

Our aim is to help you reduce the environmental impact of your everyday life by delivering sustainable tights at a frequency that suits you.

by Leanne Goold in Oxton, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Get our message out there to more people and make a bigger impact.


The Tights Club’s mission

We want to help you reduce the environmental impact of your everyday life.  We can do this by delivering innovative sustainable tights through your letterbox at a frequency that suits you.  

We are looking to raise £2,000 which will give us enough funding after reward costs and fees to re-brand and get our message out there.

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Why are we doing this?

Good question!  Unfortunately, tights are not the most environmentally friendly product. The fabric, nylon, is made using oil and although modern technology means that tights last longer than they used to, they are still ultimately disposable items.  

The problem is, nylon is a type of plastic that takes 30 to 40 years to break down. Therefore, any old tights that have been thrown in the bin will sit in landfill for decades.  Or they may be incinerated.

In addition, the manufacturing process is a water and energy intensive process.

BUT they are still a necessity for many women – unless you want to wear trousers exclusively for 9 months of the year… we still need warmth people!

And the size of the hosiery market is huge!  

That’s why we want to reduce the impact of the industry NOW.

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Our solution

Our supplier has developed a way to make tights from the offcuts from their regular production, and they are one of the first to manage this.  As a result our new tights have a much lower impact on the environment.

What’s more, because we believe in the minimum of waste, we will recycle them for you too.  All you will need to do is send us your used tights in the post.

Finally, by delivering these sustainable tights to you on a subscription basis you are also much less likely to need to run out and buy an emergency regular pair.

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So, how does it work?

Well, we aim to provide a flexible service that meets the everyday needs of our members!  That means:

  • The option to automatically switch between opaque and sheer tights between the colder and warmer months – the best friend of the pasty like me or those of us who slave away in cold offices throughout the summer!
  • The option to receive the same tights all year round 
  • The ability to amend, pause or cancel your membership at any time through your account

All safe in the knowledge that you are making a more sustainable choice. And let’s face it, doing this consistently is hard so it makes us happy to help take that one item of your list! 

What’s more, because we are committed to reducing OUR impact on the environment, all our packaging is completely plastic free and 100% recyclable. 

 

Your reward subscription will be set up to finish at the end of your reward period. If you want to keep going, and we hope you will, then we will confirm this with you when your reward period ends.  If you don’t, then you won’t need to do anything.

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Our subscriptions

The Seasonal

You'll receive sustainable 40 denier opaques in the winter and 15 denier sheers in the summer meaning you don't have to ever worry about running out of tights again!

The Sheer

Wear sheers all year round?  Then this one is for you!  You can always combine with an opaque if you like to mix it up through the year.

The 40 denier

Wear opaques all year round?  This subscription option is for you.  You can also pause your subscription over the summer if you want to take a break (or at any time!).

The 70 denier

For those that really feel the cold!  You can also pause your subscription over the summer if you want to take a break (or at any time!).

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Testimonials

Check out some of our latest reviews, these can all be seen on Trustpilot.

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Why are we crowdfunding?

These sustainable tights are some of the first on the market and we are REALLY excited about them. And that’s why we’ve pulled all other products from our service. As a result we need to realign our branding. We also really want to get our message out there – the more people we can reach with this, the more impact we can have on the industry.

Your support would also make us feel loved and prove that what we are doing works and that it matters.  Up to this point we have just been testing the model with a small number of subscribers so this campaign is our big launch!  As we are just starting out and haven't hit the maximum revenue limit, it also means we qualify for an RBS grant if we can raise our full target!

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Who are we, you ask?

A bit about me

I’m Leanne, a Scottish lass and former expat brat who spent 13 years in London pursuing a corporate career. Working in finance, I spent many a morning trying to select which pair of tights would be the least painful / embarrassing, whilst trying to put off the trek to the nation’s favourite department store for as long as possible.

And I HAVE to wear tights.  One, I am very pale (think translucent / reflective). Two, offices are basically sub-zero.  And three, if I didn’t wear tights and ended up trekking across the City for meetings then my shoes always ended up rubbing like a ... you know… So yes, I wore tights to work all through the summer, no matter what the fashion gurus said.

Me and TTC

One day, whilst chained to my desk at a major financial institution dreaming of freedom and the time to do, well, anything at all, it came to me - why not set up a subscription service that delivers tights through the letterboxes of busy women like me, taking one very boring item off their to do list?

Now that I do this, and some consultancy work on the side, I am now mostly to be found working from home in a pair of comfy jeans with my dog, Nelson the springer spaniel and TTC mascot, dozing at my feet.  But I do still need to scrub up for the occasional client meeting and so will grab my favourite tights from my drawer, safe in the knowledge that my big toe won’t be dropping off by the end of the day.

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Rewards

Your support to help us get our message out there and reduce the impact of this everyday item on the environment would be so much appreciated.  And if the good vibes aren’t enough to get you to commit your hard earned cash then we’ve got some great discounts, giveaways and a fantastic prize, all with sustainability in mind…

Our tights

£9 – Try a pair of our low-impact tights!  We are normally all about subscriptions but here only you can try a pair at a 10% discount to our usual monthly price see if they work for you (we’re pretty sure you’ll love them!).  Plus you’ll get a warm fuzzy feeling for being a good sustainable shopper.

 

£25 – 3 month subscription.  You’ll get a new pair of our low-impact tights for 3 months at a frequency that suits you (monthly, every second month, every third month).  That’s more than a 15% reduction to our normal price!  Plus get a FREE organic cotton mesh bag to protect your tights from getting snagged in the wash (also doubles up as supermarket loose produce bag).  You'll also get a chance to win a free style consultation with an expert stylist with a focus on sustainable fashion, worth £180!

 

£48 – 6 month subscription.  You’ll get a new pair of the tights for 6 months at a frequency that suits you.  That’s a 20% reduction to our normal price!  Plus get a FREE cotton mesh bag AND 2 chances to win a free style consultation with an expert stylist with a focus on sustainable fashion, worth £180!

 

£89 – Get a whopping 25% off a 12 month subscription!  Choose a frequency that suits your lifestyle. Plus get FREE cotton mesh bag AND 2 chances to win a free style consultation with an expert stylist with a focus on sustainable fashion worth £180!

Sustainable and charitable Leiho socks - For those that don't do hosiery but want to support us anyway!

£8 - A pair of bamboo socks and another donated to a homeless person (normally £12 per pair).

£15 - 2 pairs of bamboo socks and another 2 donated to a homeless person 

£23 - The Trio set of Leiho bamboo socks worth £30! You will also be donating another 3 pairs to a homeless person in your name (Leiho will include a gift card when handing out the socks at the shelter)

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FAQs

How will you know what size I need?

We will contact all of our pledgers at the end of the project with size details and colour options (for the 15D tights only - black or natural tan)

How can I choose the frequency of my delivery?

Everyone who picks one of our subscriptions will be set up as a member on our subscription system after the campaign ends.  We will set the delivery schedule to every month initially.  This can be changed directly through your Account.  Or you can drop us an email and we will do it for you.

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Our partners

Leiho 

Bamboo socks to help homeless people. For every pair of socks sold, Leiho gives another pair to a homeless person because clean socks are the most requested but least donated item at homeless shelters.

Competition prize - Lizzie Parsons - Image Coach & Personal Stylist

Voucher for - Style Consultation: Dress For & Love Your Shape

Knowing the clothes, hairstyles, jewellery and accessories that suit you can be very freeing and it will give you a big confidence boost. It will make shopping easier and will give you confidence in your shape. Getting dressed in the morning will be a joy as you will gravitate towards the items that suit you.

In this session we will categorize your face shape and body shape. We will look at the best clothing shapes, accessories, fabric and hairstyles for you. We will also look at the big part that pattern and print play in highlighting our shape. I will show you a great cheat/hack for dressing well for your body shape. No longer do you need to worry about whether you are an hourglass/pear/tube etc. After the session I will provide you with a list a shops I think you will love.

No travel costs will be incurred within 60 miles of Reading, including London.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£8 or more

Pair of Leiho socks

Don't wear tights but still want to support us? Buy a pair of bamboo socks and another will be donated to a homeless person.

£9 or more

Try a pair of our sustainable tights!

Try a pair of our low-impact tights! We are normally all about subscriptions but here only you can try a pair at a 10% discount to our usual monthly price see if they work for you (we’re pretty sure you’ll love them!). Plus you’ll get a warm fuzzy feeling for being a good sustainable shopper.

£15 or more

2 pairs of Leiho bamboo socks

Don't wear tights but still want to support us? 2 pairs of bamboo socks and another 2 donated to a homeless person.

£23 or more

The Trio set of Leiho bamboo socks worth £30!

Don't wear tights but still want to support us? You will also be donating another 3 pairs to a homeless person in your name.

£25 or more

3 month sustainable tights subscription

You’ll get a new pair of our low-impact tights for 3 months at a frequency that suits you (monthly, every 2nd month, every 3rd month). That’s more than a 15% reduction to our normal price! Plus get a FREE organic cotton mesh bag to protect your tights from getting snagged in the wash (also doubles up as supermarket loose produce bag). AND get a chance to win a free style consultation with an expert stylist with a focus on sustainable fashion

£48 or more

6 month sustainable tights subscription

You’ll get a new pair of the tights for 6 months at a frequency that suits you. That’s a 20% reduction to our normal price! Plus get FREE cotton mesh bag AND two chances to win a free style consultation with an expert stylist with a focus on sustainable fashion worth £180!

£89 or more

Get a whopping 25% off a 12 month subscription!

Choose a frequency that suits your lifestyle. Plus get FREE cotton mesh bag AND two chances to win a free style consultation with an expert stylist with a focus on sustainable fashion worth £180!

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