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Sep 07, 2017

Christchurch students' recycled bottle eco-socks go nationwide

It began as a school project, and now the hard work of a group of dedicated young Christchurch students is paying off.

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Nearly 20 retailers nationwide will stock the Sock Exchange's eco-friendly repreve socks, the only socks in the country to be made from the environmentally-friendly fabric.

The students had only a few stores lined up to stock their socks in July. Now, two months later, the new company has signed more than a dozen retailers nationwide to stock their one-of-a-kind socks. Manufacturer Norswear is back-stocked due to the demand.

 

St Andrews College students James Young, 17, and Liam Rassie, 17, with their Sock Exchange socks made form 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles.

The Sock Exchange, run by year 13 St Andrew's College students Liam Rassie, James Young, Jaymin Stirling and Mackenzie Cox, was started as a business studies class project for the Lion Foundation's Young Enterprise Scheme in February.

The socks, made from repreve fibres, were created from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles. One pair of socks was made from five plastic bottles, team leader Liam Rassie said.

 

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