Founded in 1992, Maggie's Functional
Organics came together on the premise that all workers could be
treated ethically and that clothing could be functional, beautiful
and affordable yet also constructed from environmentally
Sixteen years later, the company's line of organic and fair
trade socks, scarves, tights, loungewear, legwarmers, tees, baby
clothes and tops is going strong, using nothing but certified
organic cotton and certified organic wool.
A production snafu surrounding the company's crew socks resulted
in its most creative and environmentally-friendly product yet -
Maggie's Menagerie Sock Monkey - made by a 100% worker owned
Each colorful, one-of-a-kind, cuddly hand-sewn critter is sold
on a "grab bag" basis (colors are chosen by the company, not the
customer), and is stuffed with pre-consumer polyester mill scrap
since it provides the smoothness and loft that the monkeys need to
survive tons of turns in the wash.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
See more of Pilar's stories here.
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