Practical Artisans
A Contrarian Store

A Contrarian Store

From material inputs like yarn, through manufacture to retail – every step towards and in the final consumption and ongoing use, has embedded energy within any product. It takes 60 000 kilowatt hours of primary energy per person, per year to ‘run’ the Australian economy. At every point of transaction, energy is consumed, and lost in the conversion. Carbon dioxide is one waste product of an energy system that will remain dependent on fossil fuel use until it can’t. With this reality, to think or believe that any one product or ‘brand’ can be ‘sustainable’ is a furphy. The notion of ‘sustainable’ and ‘green growth’ is just one more narrative that has no basis in reality. Using embedded energy wisely, maintaining needed goods for basic needs is an attitude that has a basis in a recognition that we live in an energy system. I encourage supporting local artisanal manufacture wherever you may be.

Hand crafted Tasmanian Merino/silk socks

SKU 00000
AU$49.00
In stock
1
Product Details

Tasmanian wool and Circular Head made socks using my hand cranked circular sock machine. This yarn is spun in New Zealand (unfortunately Coats Patons closed in Launceston in 1997), which increases the energy needed to produce these socks. Once worn and worn and worn again, mended, and worn their final days out, getting maximum usage from the energy cost, these socks will biodegrade. This is a hand wash item. The natural qualities of natural wool - odour resistance, means washing is not required as often as synthetic items or wool/synthetic blends. Superfine merino 70%, tussah silk 30%.

Made to order. Please allow 3 days from placing order to socks being mailed or delivered. Available in Circular Head, Tasmania.

Care instructions

Hand wash in cold water. Do not tumble dry.

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