In honor of Earth Day, I want to celebrate my new discovery – a store called Muji. I encountered it when we visited London, but it apparently is all over the globe (including a few stores in the New York City area).
The store stocks practical no-nonsense items with minimal packaging. I walked out with a set of 3 socks, made from reused yarn. I knit socks, so I’m now officially a sock snob. I am now very sensitive to the materials and design of socks, and so I have a hard time buying obviously imperfect ones, even though the cost and time to knit a pair of socks is…exceptionally inefficient.
Anyway, Muji makes items (socks, tee shirts, camis) from yarn that was pre-dyed for some use and then never used, yarn that might have been discarded. The result is funky bright informal patterns, in 100% cotton, inexpensive and well-made. Fun, good price, quality, green! The Muji US website does not do the crazy cool rescued socks justice, but there’s the link in case you’re curious.