Our compression socks are made of 56% hemp, 30% nylon, and 14% lycra, meaning 56% of natural material and 44% of synthetic materials. Even if they are not 100% natural, this is an entirely new material composition in this product category. The goal was to maximize the natural hemp ratio while maintaining a high quality of graduated compression.
We wanted our socks to come with extended benefits. The compression was our desired feature so that the socks would work as an item encouraging a more active and healthier lifestyle for modern people. Compression helps to improve circulation by effectively distributing pressure on the body, but it only comes from synthetic materials. It applies to all types of compression garments including socks, tights, or other compression wear. With that, we had to find a middle way on the material blend.
Someone might wonder whether we utilized recycled materials for the synthetic part. The answer is no. But we did try it. During the product development, we tested the following: 1. To use recycled synthetic materials 2. To use a lower percentage of synthetic materials. The result was that the quality (durability) of the socks significantly decreased with recycled synthetic materials, and when using a lower percentage of synthetic materials, we could not achieve a satisfying compression level. Since recycled materials have already been used once or more and then been repurposed, it seems its durability declines somewhat with this process.
Besides, the cost of recycling synthetic materials, i.e. plastic, and its environmental impact is not as low as one might think. The recycling process requires additional harmful chemicals and treatments and releases harmful micro particles into the environment again.
We based our material composition decisions on this. Now it is your turn.