Hello my readers~ I bought a few pairs of sustainable hosiery, so I will be able to share with you in the coming months. The first one being the Eco Recycled Yarn tights from Gipsy.
Strengths & Weaknesses
⊕ Soft feel, like fine cotton.
⊕ Very affordable price for tights made from recycled yarn.
⊙ Feels warmer than ordinary 30 denier tights.
⊗ Minor quality issues.
Packaging & product description
The tights were packaged using a folded cardboard that only cover parts of the item. The good side of this kind of packaging is that the paper packaging is recyclable and thus generates little waste. The downside is the tights can be damaged and you won’t know until you unbox it. The specs of the tights as well as the size chart are printed on the rear side of the cardboard.
Not a lot is said on the back of the packaging or online apart from being sustainable. The info I extracted from the Brand’s website is as follows:
- Q-Nova yarn by Fulgar, 99% recycled yarns
- Roica eco-smart yarn (sustainable yarn)
Appearance & texture
The Gipsy Eco Recycled Yarn is semi-sheer (30 denier) tights in matt fashion. The total length of the tights is 80cm when laid on a flat surface. The texture is soft but not particularly smooth on the touch. The box brief-like panty has an semi-opaque appearance. Its length is around 32cm from the top to bottom. On the upper thigh, just below the hips, you will find a band of decoration. The knitted waistband measures 4cm wide. The distance between the tip of the waistband and the crotch is 21cm. There is no gusset, and the toe section is reinforced.
There is a discrepancy on composition. The specs printed on the packaging is 90% nylon and 10% elastane. On the official website, it is 87% Nylon and 13% Elastane. The nylon is made from recycled materials; the elastane is either recycled or Cradle to Cradle® certified.
The size ranges from Small/Medium to Large/XL. I have included the size chart below. I bought Small/Medium for this review.
At the time of writing this review, there is only Black colour available. Hence this colour was used for this review.
Before we start, I realised I bought a size smaller, and this led to some consequences…
First of all, I could still wear it. This means the tights can stretch a little further than the size recommendation. The envelopment was good as a result of a smaller size. A firm hug was felt particularly at the abdomen. As expected, the knitted waistband was too tight on my waist. It started to roll down right after I put the tights on. In addition, I didn’t dare to do any big movements side ways, as there was already tension at the crotch. Without a gusset, I was afraid that any big stretch will tear the tights straightaway.
The tights are generally matt. It only exhibit a very slight, subtle reflective sheen under direct sunlight. The panty is slightly denser than the hose. I would say around 40 denier. The colour was well-distributed, and has very little residual after initial hand wash.
The overall appearance is a bit strange due to the smaller size. If I am not wrong, the box-brief shaped panty is supposed to cover only a small portion of the thigh.
The one I bought has a snag on the left calf. Fortunately, it didn’t ladder. Having said that, since the style is semi-sheer in black colour, snags like this can be hard to spot before one makes the purchase. In other words, this can be luck dependent.
The tights felt pretty soft, like fine cotton. It was pretty comfortable wearing them. One thing I did notice was that it warmed up the legs like 50-60 denier tights do. I can imagine wearing these on a much cooler day, where I would normally go for opaque tights.
It’s too bad that I accidentally bought the wrong size. The fit, as well as the look, would have been better otherwise. The material feels pretty comfortable. Best of all, it is very affordable: the style is current available for £6 at Gipsy’s online shop. This is drastically cheaper than those made from recycled yarns by other brands.