This Week in Outdoor Gear Startups: Farm to Feet Joins the bluesign® System

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Farm to Feet, which is committed to creating the world’s best socks using an exclusively American recipe: US materials, US manufacturing, and US workers, announced this week that it joined the bluesign® system.

The bluesign® system is designed to facilitate sustainable textile production by reducing its impact on people and the environment. It is based on an applied practice called Input Stream Management. bluesign® helps its partners to properly manage chemicals and to replace hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives.


Farm to Feet socks are produced by its parent company Nester Hosiery. In addition to creating socks for its own brand, Nester Hosiery also produces socks for over two dozen other leading brands and retailers, including Woolrich. The entire Nester Hoisery production line joined the bluesign® system.

Nester Hosiery has long been a leader in environmental and sustainable practices.  It was the first sock manufacturer to submit its facility self-assessment to the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg Index starting in 2012. The tool has allowed them to both assess and to obtain insights on areas for improvement. For example, these insights have helped them reduce their solid waste by 16% over the past five years.  

“To produce bluesign certified socks in our facility has been a long-term goal,” said Kelly Nester.  Nester Hosiery Chief Executive Officer. “With the designation we can provide our current and future partners with the mechanisms to make socks in the most sustainable manner available.”

Farm to Feet socks are available for sale on Garage Grown Gear.

 

Mens' Wilson Ultralight Snow Sports Socks by Farm to Feet

 

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Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith

If only they made socks to fit my giant feet!

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