Today’s Small Step: Heal the Sole

By Wild Elements, Fact checked by Jessica Ochoa

1 min read

Heal the sole

Want to reduce stress and reduce trash? Start with your socks. 

According to a recent survey, 91% of Americans have chucked at least one pair of socks this year, which adds to landfill waste and wastes money.

You can lower that number while lowering your blood pressure and anxiety by making one easy change:


Sewing up the holes in your heels and toes saves them from the garbage. It saves you the $5—$20 it costs to buy a new pair. (Or more, if you’re wearing those Balenciaga ones.) And it can help channel anxious, sad, or angry energy into a more mindful task, according to studies worldwide. 

Can’t sew? Yeah, you can 😉 Follow this quick video to learn how to make a simple ladder stitch, or browse Martha Stewart’s step-by-step if you’re more into DIY photos. You can also donate your socks to the Second Cut Project, which will upcycle them into thread…

Or turn them into sweaters for tiny dogs. Your call.