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Jul 10, 2017

Goodbye cotton socks, hello eco-friendly recycled plastic bottle socks

Recyclable plastic bottles turned into socks as part of a group of Christchurch students' YES project have been picked up by Kiwi clothing company Norsewear.


Christchurch students are putting their best foot forward with a school project which they believe can save the planet.

The Sock Exchange's eco-friendly repreve socks, the only socks in the country to be made from the environmentally-friendly fabric, will soon be on Christchurch retailers' shelves.

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 students have been busy working on their designs, honing their sock-selling skills with their stall at the Christchurch Farmers' Market and trying to get retailers to stock their product, with several Christchurch stores showing interest.

Picked up by Kiwi clothing manufacturer Norsewear, based in Norsewood in the Tararua district, the socks feature merino inner soles and colourful prints.

The socks are made from repreve fibers, which are created from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles. One pair of socks is made from five plastic bottles, Rassie, the team leader, said.

"Something as simple as a plastic bottle can make a difference," he said.

Used for different clothing items by Kathmandu, Adidas or Roxy brands, Rassie said his team were the first in the country to use repreve fibres to manufacture socks.


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