Socks are one of the most requested items at homeless shelters but rarely donated. We may provide food, shelter and healthcare, but very rarely something so small and simple as quality socks. Yet if you are homeless, you are on your feet more than the average person you wear through socks far quicker, developing a number of foot health issues from blisters and trench foot to even more serious infections and even amputation. Homelessness is a multi-layered complex issue globally and is unfortunately on the rise, in the UK alone it has increased since 2010 by 169% in 2017.
That's why with each pair of socks we sell, we directly donate a specially created antibacterial pair to homeless people in the communities of our customers.
However, to keep donating socks in a sustainable way, we need to sell a lot. How? To do this we need to create the best socks on the market that consumers will keep coming back for. Socks have been around since the Egyptian times, with little innovation. Yet most of us start and end our day with socks. In fact, we wear socks for an average of 16 hours a day. They are that boring, smelly afterthought - until now.
But what about the sock we donate?
We worked closely with our manufactures who have over 60 years of sock making expertise and spent over a year together creating the most suitable sock for homeless. It needed to be hard wearing, but versatile so we started with the best hiking socks on the market and worked backwards. It also needed to be able to wear for days at a time without washing, so we used antibacterial properties as well as dark hard wearing colours. If you want to directly donate the socks you back to homeless in your local community just let us know!
We have produced ethically advanced technology socks that all donate to homeless from cotton and bamboo for both men and women. From our bright fashion socks to subtle office ones, warm winter ones to our versatile ankle active wear ones. These are much - so much more - than just another pair of socks.
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I (Josh) started Social Enterprise Stand4 Socks at the age of 24 after making an off the cuff comment with friends of "imagine if socks could change the world?". Most saw it as a joke, but I saw it differently. Pretty much everyone needs socks, but typically they are a dull, poorly made afterthought. So, I set about creating the most comfortable, high-quality, ethically made socks which start conversations about causes that matter. But he didn't stop there: inspired by TOMS shoes, he wanted each pair he sold to have a tangible impact, but knew giving socks to people around the world was not the answer.
I saw the framework of the United Nations Global Goals, the biggest issues the world collectively is facing to eradicate poverty by 2030. We aligned our socks with causes from these goals, having impacts in multiple countries and for multiple causes from day one.
Shortly after launching, we won Bronze as Great British Social Entrepreneur of the Year amongst others, which gave me the confidence that this was not such a crazy idea. Stand4 has developed slowly but now we need your help to scale this ambitious dream!
The vision of Stand4 has always been to help create a world where every purchase, however big or small, has a positive impact on the world.... and if we can do that with socks then surely we can do it with anything, right?
Our socks are all designed in the UK and manufactured in Europe. We only use Sedex Audited Factories to produce our socks to ensure workers rights. All of our yarns come from BSCI or Oeko-tex accredited suppliers. The packaging for our socks is also only made using FSC paper, from sustainable forests and recycled card.
The costs of this and the minimum orders are high. However, we wouldn't make our socks any other way. This is why we need your help to bring this new product development to reality. We have created and tested the product and now need to raise at least £15k to purchase the yarns. Creating the worlds best socks, which also have a huge impact on the lives of others!
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In addition to homelessness, we also have a limited edition range aligned with the United Nations Global Goals. These are the biggest challenges the world is collectively facing to end poverty by 2030. Our socks currently have a tangible impact on 12 of the 17 goals. With designs for each goal, we deliver impacts in over 14 different countries.
HUNGER: Landmines - Mines Advisory Group (MAG)
MAG helps people to be safe from landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO), free from danger, free from fear. We find landmines before children do. Just one pair of socks can remove unexploded landmines and UXO from 1 metre squared of land and destroy them, enabling communities to grow more food and make a better living.
Good Health: Child Mortality - Women & Children First
Every year, over three million children die before their 5th birthday. A large number of these deaths are from conditions that are treatable or preventable. Just one pair of Stand4 Socks vaccinates three children against measles in Bangladesh.
Quality Education: Primary Education - WarChild
Right now 75 million children are out of school in 35 crisis-affected countries. WarChild seeks to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in war. Just one pair of Stand4s educates a child for 12.5 days affected in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Jordan.
Gender Equality: Domestic Violence Safe-house - Womankind
In no country in the world do women enjoy the same rights or opportunities as men. WomenKind seek to challenge this through support, strengthening rights and building a movement for change. Just one pair of Stand4s can provide a night in a safe house in Ethiopia for a women and her children from domestic violence.
Clean Water & Sanitation: Safe Water - Water.org
Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people worldwide lack access to safe water. Making water safe, accessible and cost effective in every country for every person, just one pair of Stand4s provides a year's safe water for one person in Ghana.
Goal 7 - Affordable & Clean Energy: - Power Up Gambia (PUG)
In remote parts of Gambia it isn't a lack of hospitals, doctors or even equipment that leads to a high number of unnecessary deaths, but rather the lack of power for hospitals to operate. By simply adding renewable solar panels to rural hospitals, just one pair of socks can power a whole hospital for a night, saving lives and the planet.
Decent Work & Economic Growth: Micro Finance & Loans - Kiva Platform
In a lot of developing countries, traditional financial systems are not commonplace. Micro loans are small loans to entrepreneurs. This could help a farmer in rural India to yield a better crop, or a women in Vietnam who wants to buy a sewing machine to grow her business. Each pair of Stand4s will create a $1 loan, we will pool this money and ask our backers where we should invest this pot. Once repaid, we will invest it over and over again in amazing projects.
Climate Action: Sustainable Land Use - Stand4 Partners
Planting trees in around the world in countries like Uganda and Gambia helps not only the planet and soil quality, but it also creates jobs and opportunities. Through battling deforestation where trees are cut down for farming, or fuel, just one pair of Stand4s plants 10 trees.
Eradicating Homelessness: Support - Stand4 Socks & Local Partners
We chose to add homeless awareness socks outside of the UN Global Goals to also support a cause closer to home. Unfortunately, homelessness is on the rise in many developed countries. Even in the US has 550k registered homeless people. One pair purchases mean one thick pair antibacterial pair is donated directly to someone in need.
When you back this project you will be able to select any socks and size from our full range of organic cotton, sports and bamboo. However, we are best known for our award winning bamboo socks, yes thats right socks made out of bamboo! But did you know its not only great for your feet, its also great for the environment as well. Here are just some of the benefits!
What if my question isn't listed below?
Just email us directly - firstname.lastname@example.org
When will the socks be delivered?
- All socks will be delivered in time for Christmas. We have two years experience in this and confident we can turn around by early December.
What sizes do the socks come in?
Two sizes you can select from after the campaign ends.
UK 4-8 or 9-12
EU 36-40 or 41-46
How do I choose which designs I want?
After the campaign ends all backers will be sent a simple order form. You will select which designs you want and the sizes, you can mix and match if you are buying for gifts - just let us know which designs you want.
Can I choose multiple designs and sizes?
You can mix and match different designs, or get multiple of the same design & cause. Fully up to you!
Do you ship internationally?
We do! After backing simply let us know where we will be sending the socks too,
Can I select a design but support a different cause?
No, the cause logo and packaging are linked to the specific cause that sock is supporting,
How do I know your socks are this good?
We stand by our product, but if you aren't happy or have any issues we will replace or refund. No questions asked.
Why do custom socks take 2 months?
We want to make the perfect custom socks, this means ordering yarn and creating samples until you are satisfied. If these are for your brand, organisation or just general own personal supply for life. We want to make sure the blue, yellow or whatever you choose is the exact shade you want,