OUT WITH THE OLD IN WITH THE RE-NEW
Teddy Locks socks start out as plastic bottles.
Polyester is made from oil and natural gas. The same natural resources that are used to make plastic bottles.
So, to relieve pressure on our natural resources, and prevent plastic from entering our waterways, we make our high-performance fibers from recycled plastic bottles, instead of oil.
The bottles are chopped up, melted down and then extruded into new fibers in North Carolina.
10,000 used plastic bottles have been collected from the east coast of the USA, and transformed into our specially blended Teddy Locks yarns.
Teddy Locks socks reduce textile waste.
Virgin nylon, like polyester, is made from petroleum. But aside from requiring the extraction of natural resources, the final stages of fiber production are wasteful - much of the fiber falls to factory floor and is sent to landfill.
But we are saving this industrial waste and reprocessing it into recycled nylon.
This is more energy efficient than producing virgin nylon - requiring less water, lower temperatures and less fossil fuel to produce.
We are diverting textile waste from landfill.
Teddy Locks socks keep forests rooted.
Tencel is made from the pulp of sustainably managed eucalyptus forests.
Instead of felling trees, new pulp is generated over and over again by the plants. This pulp is then dissolved in a non-toxic, organic solvent before being turned into fibers ready to be spun.
99% of the solvent used in the process is recovered and reused, as part of a completely closed loop process.
Our fibers use less energy and water in production,
while emitting fewer greenhouse gases.
Teddy Locks socks are longer lasting.
Spandex is a synthetic fiber used for its elastic properties.
A reliable natural or recycled alternative is not currently available, and high quality socks can not be made without it.
So, to reduce our 'new synthetic' footprint we use American made spandex and engineer our blends to allow for the lowest possible content - without sacrificing fit or performance.
OUR FIBER FOOTPRINT
All of our fibers are sourced from within the USA.
Our Repreve Recycled Polyester and Repreve Recycled Nylon fibers are produced by Unifi, in North Carolina.
Unifi Repreve fibers are certified for recycled content by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified and are GRS (Global Recycle Standard) certified.
Our Tencel fibers are made by Lenzing and are specifically ordered from their US factory in Alabama.
Lenzing holds a long list of certifications including EU Ecolabel, USDA Biobased, Oeko-Tex Standard 100,FSC® and PEFC™ and Fair Trade.
Meet our supply chain here.