Teko Socks is all about the idea of making premium performance outdoor socks with the least possible environmental impact.
Originally from Boulder, they are very careful about their footprint and still try to reduce it in every step of production. From product sourcing through production and packaging, to delivery.
Teko approaches sustainability as a balancing act. A major element of our commitment is constant research of new materials and production techniques to make that footprint smaller. Teko is 100% wind-powered at the office and the factory. Carbon offsets are purchased for staff travel. (Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX))
All materials except the merino wool are sourced within 200 miles of our factory in North Carolina, minimizing the impact of energy used in our shipping.
The organic merino wool comes from Argentina from a group of farms that have been raising sheep organically for decades. Only non-motorized methods are used to herd the sheep. They are fed only organically-grown food and are not subjected to hormones, vaccinations, mulesing, or chemical drenches. Their grazing area is never sprayed with pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. Strict water conservation methods are employed, as are protections against overgrazing. Organic merino wool is substantially more expensive than the non-organic alternative, but Teko believes the investment is worth it, both for consumers and the planet.
Teko's recycled tekoPOLY fiber is made from 100% post-consumer waste, like plastic bottles.
The chlorine-free process used to make tekoMERINO machine washable and shrink-proof, is the only Bluesign® certified shrink-proofing process currently available for wool.
No allergens, carcinogens, heavy metals or formaldehyde are used in their dyes. OekoTex 100 certification.
Teko is also the official licensed sock of the Freeride World Tour.
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