There are some things in this world that you plan for and others that you stumble upon. The Tight Spot’s recycled yarn tights were a little bit of both, but mostly the latter. In the middle of fall, I knew that I wanted to buy a few pairs of tights for the upcoming season. So I did what I do best — get on Instagram and Google to search for the best sustainable fill-in-the-blank-here. Both had initially let me down, so I decided to wait an try again later.
Then I got an email with the subject line, “Hosiery Gets Ethical.” I don’t know if the fashion gods were listening or if Goggle read my mind, but I am glad that it happened. According to the email, a designer named Pamela Mann created tights out of recycled yarns. Two months, countless wears, and no rips or tears later, and I am so glad that she did.
I have worn the ECO-tights for two months now, and I am obsessed. They are warm, high-quality, and extremely durable. I have walked my dog in them (think: being jumped on at least five times a day), worn them to work, and worn them to holiday parties. Honestly, I have never found a pair of tights that are so comfortable. They hold you in without squeezing too hard and wash up great, too.
Needless to say, I am a big fan. Not to mention that I can breathe easy knowing that I am sticking to my sustainable finds all at the same time.
The UK-based designer uses 88% recycled yarns to create her tights. It all started as a way to become more environmentally friendly, and ended with a serious incredible pair of tights. Oh, and it gets even better. Pamela Mann has plans to expand the range even further in the upcoming years.
“By manufacturing these products for high street and online brands, and filtering them down to the end-user, it enabled everyone to do their bit. We are beginning with our global best – selling products and actively looking to expand our recycled range throughout 2018 and beyond,” says Rob Morris, Managing Director Pamela Mann.
Why buy recycled? Well, simply put, it’s better for the environment. Most tights are made of nylon, which is a synthetic fiber. That means that, unlike natural fabrics, it takes the fabric a very long time to break down in landfills — over 40 years. It’s also harder to recycle than other fabrics. Pamela Mann’s ECO tights use recycled yarns, instead. That means that less water is being used in creation and that there are less items going into the landfill every year.
If you can believe it, Pamela Mann gets even better than that. The brand uses a Oeko-Tex certified dye house that uses solar power to create the tights. Oh, and it recycles water to cut down on the amount that it used during the creation process.
The cherry on top is that the packaging is made from recycled cardboard and is recyclable. Basically, you can feel just as good about wearing these tights as you do wearing them.
I can’t say enough good things about these tights. The incredible way that ECO tights are made and what it’s made out of is good. But eco-friendly or not, these are the best tights that I have ever worn in my life. Some tights are thin and rip easily. Others are so tight that they cut off your circulation. ECO tights are the perfect balance of them all.
The tights come in two different weights. There’s 50 and 80 dernier. Personally, I’m a fan of the 50. They are slightly thinner than the 80, which look more like leggings than tights. The lower thickness is still durable, but shows a little bit of skin when you move around.
I wore the ECO tights a lot throughout the month of December. Because I was wearing dresses every day, I wore these tights almost every day too. They survived Dressember, over ten washes, and a puppy. Basically, you need a pair in your life — no matter what your life entails.
Each pair of tights is.. drumroll please.. $11. Yes, you read that right.
These are well-worth the $11. This will be my go-to tights brand until the end of time. That’s how much I love these tights. It’s taken me a long time to find a brand of tights that I actually felt good about spending my money on.
You can buy the ECO tights on The Tight Spot’s website. They’re available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Europe. Stop what you’re doing and go order yourself a pair. You will not be disappointed, and the Earth will thank you too.
I did a lot of searching for these tights. It seems like a lot, I know. Little purchases like recycled yarn tights seem small in the grand scheme of saving the planet. But without thinking about every single purchase, not just the large ones, nothing in this world will change.
You vote with your dollars, friends. What do your purchases say about you?