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April 21, 2013 / Andrew

NYC GF: “We were inspired by the Green Festival in San Francisco.”

When Misty and Chris Reilly decided to start their own sock business in mid-2000s, they had some very good examples to draw on.  They’d been attending the San Francisco Green Festival on the West Coast (produced annually since 2001), and had seen all of the green, sustainable, eco-friendly, and Fair Trade businesses that make up the Green Festival marketplace.

“We knew we didn’t just want to start a sock business,” says Misty.  “Our business would benefit the community and the environment as well.”

So, in 2006, RocknSocks was born, and in 2008 RocknSocks became an exhibitor at the San Francisco Green Festival for the first time.  Now, in 2013, they’re exhibiting on the East Coast, in New York City, as well.  All of RocknSocks’ innovative, colorful, fancifully striped socks are made from regenerated cotton — cotton fibers reclaimed from mills and manufacturing facilities.  Not only does this production method save scrap material from the landfill or incinerator, but  includes many other benefits:  there’s no new dyeing, as the fibers retain their original color, and no new land-use or irrigation required for growing cotton.

Since their beginnings with their signature socks, RocknSocks has branched out to include other reclaimed and recycled products:  jewelry from used guitar picks; hats, sweaters, and cuffs made from recycled sweaters; and hats made from recycled trousers.  And not only that:  all packaging is recycled too!  Check them out at RocknSocks.com.

Chris and Misty at the NYC Green Festival, in front of their wall of socks.

Chris and Misty at the NYC Green Festival, in front of their wall of socks.

Trouser hats!

Trouser hats!

Sweater hats!

Sweater hats!

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