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What is rPET and Why Is It in Your Socks?

While the process of extracting crude oil and developing PET is harmful to the environment, use of rPET materials enables businesses to reduce the waste created when the original product has finished serving its purpose.

The Environmental Impact of Wool Farming

It’s now common to hear that the livestock industry is one of the biggest sources of global environmental degradation. That may be true, but it’s largely to do with the billion cattle raised worldwide for meat and dairy. Wool is something completely different: an environmentally-friendly and sustainable resource.

10 Facts You Didn’t Know about Cotton

Cotton is one of the biggest industries on the planet, and there is a ton of information out there about this important plant and consumer products that use it. Some is more rumor than fact, and it can be tough to tell what's true, especially on the internet.

Buying Habits: Why Your Socks Have Holes

Not everyone is going to make the decision to eliminate, or even reduce, the presence of cotton in their sock drawer. I think the ones who do will wish the idea had occurred to them sooner.

Wool Myths: Setting the Record Straight

How long do you think humans have been using wool for clothing?

Since the 1900s? The 1700s? Maybe the 1400s -- did Christopher Columbus give pep talks to his crew on the Santa Maria while wearing a nice wool sweater?

River Guiding in the Summer of Covid

As summer ramps up, dam releases and fly hatching seasons are usually on river lovers’ minds. For whitewater and fishing...