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The Green Life: Green Your Feet: The Sock-ratic Method

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December 01, 2011

Green Your Feet: The Sock-ratic Method

Green socksTo go green, you've got to start from the bottom and work your way up. This week's tips, then, are about how to take steps to minimize your literal footprint.

Tip # 4: Buy the right socks.

Typical cotton socks come from pesticide-laden fields. And they get stinky and soggy with the slightest perspiration. Consider, then, organic cotton and bamboo as alternatives. The latter regrows rapidly: Some species gain 4 feet of height per day! Bamboo also contains a natural bug repellent, which means it’s usually grown without pesticides, though there's some controversy over the chemicals used to process it. If you don’t want to splurge on bamboo (it can be pricey), check out Parker Legwear, which makes the official sock of the Sierra Club. Their cotton is 100% recycled, and blended with spandex and nylon to fight off sweat. By using recycled yarn, Parker saves almost 1,300 gallons of water and 500 kilowatt-hours of energy for each ton of materials produced.

Tell us: What are your socks made of?

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