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Spring is in full bloom these days and with it come the many annual events that mark this time of renewal. Last week we covered Eco-Friendly socks for Earth Day. We thought Arbor Day, a similar event solely dedicated to the planting and caring for trees, would be the perfect occasion to highlight all of our tree-themed socks.
The first American Arbor Day was celebrated in 1872 in the Great Plains of Nebraska. Pioneers knew the true value of trees at a time when they were of paramount importance for fuel, building materials, and as natural wind-barriers to keep soil in place. Trees are still very important to us today; they’re needed to moderate temperature, clean the air, and provide habitat for wildlife.
At the first Arbor Day, prizes were offered to Nebraskan counties and citizens for properly planting the most trees that day. In fact, it’s estimated by the Arbor Day Foundation that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on that day! The Arbor Day Foundation is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and partners. Arbor Day itself may be seasonal, but your love for trees can be displayed all year-round with the right pair of socks!
Arbor Day is commonly observed in the United States on the last Friday in April, however, many states observe the day at other times to coincide with their region’s optimum planting weather. The State of Oregon officially recognizes Arbor Day as the first full week in April, but you can use this interactive map to find out when your state celebrates this day, as well. Protect your legs while you’re out planting trees with a pair of Dream Stockings. Not only will you look cute and keep dirt and allergens off your sensitive skin, you’ll be wearing eco-friendly regenerated cotton socks made right here in the USA.
If you don’t have the means to plant a tree of your own this Arbor Day, there are still plenty of other ways you can commemorate it! Spending some time cleaning up a public park, or volunteering with a local tree-planting organization, are two excellent ways to uplift your community. Additionally, mapping out a tree identification hike or hosting a “biggest tree” search in your neighborhood are fun ways to get out there and appreciate your local outdoors. If climbing trees is your favorite hands-on way to appreciate them, donning a pair of tights or leggings will help ensure that your modesty isn’t compromised—no matter how high you climb.
For more information about the Arbor Day Foundation and their current projects, you can visit their website to locate your nearest chapter and become a member. If you are planning on giving back this Arbor Day, please feel free to share your plans with us in the comments below! Regardless of whether you spend the day resting in the shade of a tree or volunteering in your community, we hope everyone gets a moment to reflect on the importance of trees and making the world a greener place this year!
Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks in Hunter
Spring is warming up here in Portland, so we’re venturing outdoors more, and with Earth Day just two days away, the timing couldn’t be any better! This is also the perfect time to take a look at some of our Eco Friendly socks. I won’t be going too far into what exactly makes a sock “Eco Friendly” because Dreamer Brenna already did a great job of that last year! Instead we’re going to take a look at the socks themselves, because our collection is constantly changing! As for the other “green” holiday that happens this week, well…. We’ll get to that a little later….
We’ve been seeing more and more organic cotton options in recent years, and we love knowing that pesticides weren’t used in the production of our foot coverings! We’ve written about how much we love Zkano before, and with all organic cotton socks made in the USA, as well as their own fiber recycling program, they’re really doing it right! We also love Toesox and Sweet Marcel for their dedication to organic fibers.
Now using new cotton that’s been organically grown is wonderfully responsible, but what happens to the remnants from the clothing industry? “Do they all just end up in a landfill?” we hear you ask, as a tear wells in your eye. No need to cry, dear dreamers – some of those scraps get rejuvenated and spun into recycled yarn, to live another day, like a beautiful sock phoenix rising from the ashes of industry. In fact, most of the socks from our own house brands, DreaM Stockings and Dreamer Socks, are made using regenerated yarn, which is a mix of cotton, acrylic and polyester – we find it feels and washes like cotton! Of course, it’s not just us – RockNSocks and QT Feet styles all feature regenerated yarns, and even B. Ella has been getting in on the fun with some of their cotton styles.
Something we’re particularly excited about is the steadily increasing availability of fibers that are more renewable than cotton. Bamboo is a fast-growing grass, which gives it the potential to be incredibly sustainable, but because rayon from bamboo requires a not-so-eco chemical process to become rayon, the FTC actually requires that rayon from bamboo be labeled as such, while true bamboo yarn won’t include the word “rayon”. Because this is a bit tricky, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up all of our true bamboo options for you, so you don’t have to weed out the rayons.
But the renewable fiber we’re most excited about is still pretty scarce for us – we’re talking about hemp, of course! Hemp plants are fast-growing, low-maintenance, and don’t deplete the soil of nutrients that would allow other crops to come after it, unlike cotton. Hemp is a largely misunderstood plant, as it is related to psychoactive varieties of the cannabis plant, but we’re hoping to see more and more industrial uses of this incredibly versatile fiber.
Of course, the confusion surrounding various types and uses of hemp and other cannabis plants does make for a very tidy segue to that other holiday that happens to fall on today… 420!
The origins of the number and date that we associate with the indulgence in that other kind of cannabis (now legal for recreational uses in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Colorado) has been hotly debated, with no real consensus as to where it came from. That’s kind of beside the point, though, because the holiday is all about having fun and relaxing with friends. Even if you live in the vast majority of places in which recreational marijuana is still illegal, these socks are a perfectly law-abiding way of expressing your support for the legalization (or at least decriminalization) of what is, after all, an incredibly useful plant.
When most people think of Oregon, they think of rain; and with good reason. Portland alone gets an average of around 37 inches of rain a year, and often times it feels like we should start gathering animals two by two. There advantage to all the rain is when the sun comes out, Oregon turns into a green paradise. So, the latest news is… SUNSHINE!!!
One of our favorite parts of the warm weather is new shorties, like these sweet Sweet Marcel anklets from last summer!!!
We here at Sock Dreams are suckers for a little shorty sock and luckily Tabbisocks has already starting sending us the most adorable socks ever.
Stay tuned for new styles coming just in time for Spring and Summer.
Spring isn’t why we’re seeing so much green lately, it’s St. Patrick’s day! We’ve got a collection for anyone wanting to sport a touch o’ the Irish.
There are lots of green styles in our St. Patrick’s day collection, but if you want to sport shamrocks boldly we have a couple of lucky styles:
If you’d rather rock a bold kelly green, these solid colour styles should be right up your alley
And the Harajuku Super Loose (one of my favourite styles) is now available in a gorgeous Kelly Green too!
If you like beer, but the green stuff they make for this holiday isn’t quite your thing, you can always sport the Beer Knee Highs in Green & White to honour the holiday while sticking by your regular pales, ambers and darks.
Green stripes after the jump!
Of course there are our Green Knees, in four colourways of green stripes.
And we’ve got several styles that rock green and white:
If you like your look a little darker, there are also plenty of options in green and black:
And if taller socks aren’t your thing, we have some styles that will look great peeking under your slacks or rocked with a skirt and garters.
If you’re feeling daring, the Foot Traffic Combed Cotton Tights have a new colour we haven’t been able to get a picture of yet, but the Mint Green is a light, bright spring green that is a slightly more subtle way than kelly green to avoid getting pinched (oh I hate that tradition! but it’s always best to play it safe).
This is just a drop in the lucky bucket of what we’ve got in our St. Patrick’s day collection, so check it out and get your green on! Do any of you have St. Patrick’s plans for rocking some green?
I am so in love with those boots! but it was the overall image that really won our hearts, the composition, colors, contrast and focus are all excellent!
Plus, bonus points for wearing Dream Stockings <3
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