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With so many sock brands out these days it's difficult to differentiate. Seattle's Arvin Goods stands out for its efforts to tackle a number of environmentl issues, using recycled cotton and materials made from discarded apparel scraps to create both activity-specific styles and socks for casual wear. All with almost zero water, and no harmful chemicals or dyes used.
For their latest release, the innovative brand uses Agraloop Hemp Biofibre materials to blend waste from hemp crops with organic cotton making highly durable, antimicrobial, and extremely soft socks. This method involves to derive cellulose fibers from agricultural waste through a specialized wet processing technique turning them into new textile-grade natural fibers.
With the help of a patented technology develped by environmentlaly-minded materials science company Circular System, Arvin Goods hemp biofiber socks virtually eliminate the use of freshwater and CO2 emissions while requiring zero chemicals and reducing agricultural waste.
For reference, the fashion industry accounts for 10% of the world's CO2 emissions, with 1.5 trillion liters of water being used every year just to produce cotton.
Now a pair of socks might not change the world, but companies who become more sustainably minded and recognize the value in these types of technologies and scientific breakthroughs can certainly get us closer to that goal. It’s a collective effort, and if we all work together, the future is bright. Plus, who doesn't love a new pair of socks? I know I do.