Recycled Nylon Socks Sure To Be A Hit With The Cycling Crowd

Swiftkick, a Tennessee company known for producing advanced technology socks for the outdoor adventure industry, recently debuted their SUSTAIN line. This collection of high performance socks delivers all of the comfort and protection that those with an active lifestyle have come to expect from the company, but as the name suggests, the new line does it with a more sustainable twist.

One of the worst things about shopping for high quality fitness gear is that it’s often made from synthetic fabrics. While these materials allow for better wicking, weight, and compression. Unfortunately, the production of these fabric has a negative impact on the environment. Swiftkick’s SUSTAIN line is made from 32-34% post-industrial recycled content and is the world’s first sock made from Repreve recycled nylon content.

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Image via Swiftkick

Two years in the making, the SUSTAIN line breaks from the mold of other “recycled” socks that waste more water and release more toxic material into the environment than would otherwise be required to produce a virgin, original fiber. By using REPREVE postindustrial recycled nylon, the company claims to “reduce energy and water use, and greenhouse gas emissions” as well as “offset the need to refine new crude oil,” – two of the most impactful consequences of the textile industry. In addition, REPREVE is produced in the USA, which means no intercontinental transportation, and therefore, less total carbon footprint.

According to our friends over at Ecosnobberysucks, Swiftwick uses post-industrial recycled content (instead of post-consumer recycled content) because they can be assured that they are getting 100% recycled nylon instead of PET. That is important because 50-70% of any given sock is made from nylon.

Swiftkick’s SUSTAIN socks only recently went on sale. Find them here starting at $11.99 a pair–perfect for the cyclist on your holiday list!

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

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