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First, we have a few styles to help show off your bike pride with bright colors and charming gears.
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.