Teko® Raises Bar, Increases Renewable Fibers in Sock Line

With growing awareness of global warming and petroleum costs at sky high levels, Teko is emphasizing the new inclusion of Ingeo™ as part of their renewable product line.
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Teko® Raises Bar, Increases Renewable Fibers in Sock Line

Boulder, CO – With growing awareness of global warming and petroleum costs at sky high levels, consumers are becoming concerned with how they can contribute to solving this problem. Teko, a performance sock company that uses only sustainable materials and practices in their supply chain, is sensitive to this concern, which is why they are emphasizing the new inclusion of Ingeo™ as part of their renewable product line. Teko believes that every effort makes a difference. By including a corn-based renewable fiber, Ingeo, Teko is expanding the options retailers and consumers have to make a positive influence on reducing our petroleum dependence. Stop by the Teko booth to see their entire line of renewable socks and discuss ways you can reduce your environmental footprint.

Already a leader in the industry with their commitment to producing high-performance socks that leave minimum impact on the great outdoors, Teko's persistent pursuit of renewable fibers will continue with their Ingeo™ socks, made from a sustainable, corn based fiber. These socks will be made out of Ingeo and Lycra, period; the net effect being a sock that is 98% petroleum-free. The only petroleum in the sock is the Lycra, for which Teko is working to find a non-petroleum replacement that still meets their high-performance criteria. By replacing petroleum with a renewable plant-based feedstock, NatureWorks uses 20% to 50% less fossil fuels to produce Ingeo and generates 68% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional plastics. “We see a great potential for Ingeo as a renewable fiber for socks,” said Teko President, Jim Heiden.

This is not Teko's first foray into renewable fibers. Even before this change, Teko had one of the lowest percentages of virgin petroleum fibers in performance outdoor socks, which only means more room for naturally renewable fibers. Their holistically sustainable Tasmanian EcoMerinoâ„¢ wool, EcoWashâ„¢ wool, and organic cotton are all renewable fibers and have been staples of their line from the beginning. Teko also has partnered with Tasmanian Merino to develop biodiversity plans for raising sheep while protecting fragile alpine regions and promoting native ecosystems including plant, animal, and water.

Teko is unique in that their commitment extends to their entire product line, supply chain, and day-to-day business practices, 24/7.

About Teko® Socks:
Teko Socks: Best Socks ON the Planet, Best Socks FOR the Planet. Based in Boulder, CO, Teko® began its journey with the belief that making high performance outdoor products didn't have to leave a heavy impact on our Ecology. Using only high performance fibers and sustainable manufacturing processes, Teko wanted to ensure their products, down to the final packaging, would be safe for the environment. Their entire product line features environmentally sound materials, such as Organic Supima® Cotton, Ecopoly™ Recycled Polyester and EcoWash™ Merino Wool. Teko buys wind energy credits to ensure that 100% of the electricity used in manufacturing and operations is put back into the energy grid from clean, sustainable American Wind.

Phone: 800.450.5784Email: info@tekosocks.comWebsite: www.tekosocks.com

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