Did you know that the United States generates up to 21 billion pounds of textile waste that ends up in landfills every year? OSOM brand socks are aiming to reduce the amount of textile waste that goes to landfills by creating a premium sustainable, zero waste, zero water, upcycled pair of socks out of upcycled denim and other articles of clothing. OSOM socks are made from reprocessed denim and old clothes that would otherwise go to our landfills and remove the need for new fibers and materials to be made into socks.
Upcycling is a great process that both diverts waste from landfills and generates raw materials that replaces the virgin materials that would require more natural resources. The idea of Upcycling comes from the concept that items that would otherwise be viewed as waste can become a technical nutrient in a closed loop system where it circulates in a cycle of production, recovery and remanufactured.
There is neither a toxic process nor toxic waste produced as a result of making the OSOM brand socks, and it is ethically produced in Guatemala. This product is one of the most sustainable options in socks available. OSOM socks rock and you can get your pair now by pledging $10 or more on their Kickstarter.
By Efrain Esparza, ESG Writer
The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) are coming together to work out issues regarding a broad energy efficiency bill put out by the U.S. Senate, according to NRDC blogger, Kit Kennedy. This energy bill seeks to save money and decrease energy waste. While it could be beneficial, the NRDC thinks it could further damage the environment.
Since 1970, the NRDC has been committed to ensuring that all people have equal rights to water, air, and the wild. For now, the NRDC does not oppose the bill but cannot fully support it until improvements are made. The NRDC and NAM will work together to eliminate the anti-environmental practices illustrated in the bill.
Marc Boom, NRDC blogger, notes that one part of the bill continues research that requires a harmful technique in order to extract methane hydrates. Another part completely dismisses a study that compiles data to determine carbon emissions from forest biomass.
With plans to expand clean energy and increase funding for renewable energy, this is the first energy bill passed in nearly a decade. The NRDC and NAM will strategize and come to an agreement on how energy can be saved without further damaging the environment.
By Kimberly Dallmann, ESG Writer