Short Term: Sell high-quality performance socks made from bamboo viscose, a versatile and sustainable fiber.
Long Term: Accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable water consumption.
We choose partners in manufacturing who share our values and provide a caring, sweatshop free workspace for all employees. The oversea’s factory is third part audited using the BSCI (Business School Compliance Initiative) Monitoring System, which is based on the labor standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
Ecologically Sound Production:
Ecologically sound methods behind bamboo production is the fact that our textile is certified under Oeko-Tex Standard 100, which has become the best known and most successful label for textiles tested for harmful substances.
*Sodium Hydroxide is used in a closed-loop breakdown process where we turn the bamboo into something that can be spun into a thread. Sodium hydroxide is reactive but is not toxic, i.e. it does not cause DNA damage, does not enter the food chain, and is short lived because of its reactivity.
Our bamboo is USDA certified organic. Bamboo is good for our ecosystems because it does not require chemical pesticides or fertilizers to grow, or intensive water irrigation.
We are often asked whether the use of bamboo for textile deprives Pandas of their food source. There are over 1,200 species of bamboo on this planet. All our products are manufactured from the bamboo species, Most, which is not eaten by Pandas.
Bamboo stabilizes the earth with its erosion printing roots, and improves the health of the soil by sequestering excess nitrogen. Cotton crops require wide spacing that allow bare soils to bake and oxidize, releasing carbon into the atmosphere, and decreasing soil fertility. Bamboo retains water in the watershed, reduces runoff, sustains riverbanks, and helps mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption.
Wash bamboo socks & clothing in cold water with like colors. The gentle wash cycle is best for long-lasting care. Line dry. While you can dry it in the dryer on the cool/low setting, some bamboo clothing may shrink. Never dry on the warm or hot dryer setting. Be aware it will absorb the moisture from other fabrics (like cotton), so it will take longer to dry; just dry with like bamboo/thicker items for best results. For long last do not use bleach.
Founded in 2007 by environmental enthusiast Cheryl Lovelace, Footprint began with a goal to make products that are better for people and the environment. We have continued to do this for over ten years!
Today Footprint Bamboo is owned and operated by Reed Barbe and Eric Foote. Reed (Gettysburg College '17) majored in Political Science. Eric (Colgate University '16) majored in Environmental Economics.