Portland, OR -- KEEN Inc., a leader in hybrid footwear, socks and bags, is pleased to be the first manufacturer to utilize the new environmentally friendly technology, Dri-release E.C.O., Environmentally Correct OriginsTM in their Fall 2008 Hybrid.Sox collection.
accordance with its Hybrid.Think initiative, a self-imposed challenge
to recycle, repurpose and rethink sustainability when possible, the
Fall collection also incorporates 100% recycled polyester and employs
procedures that minimize the amount of dye used in the manufacturing
The off-road Mt. Airy sock features Dri-release
E.C.O., a ‘green' version of Dri-release with FreshGuard®. This blend
of recycled polyester and renewable natural fibers forms a patented
moisture management technology that dries four times faster than
natural cotton. Made with 85% recycled polyester and 15% organic
cotton, the Mt. Airy incorporates Dri-release E.C.O. to deliver
superior moisture management and minimize abrasion while being
The Mt. Airy also features the
‘Vent Dri-release System,' which speeds airflow to the foot and wicks
away moisture to reduce the development of blisters. The ventilation
system also facilitates heat release for increased comfort and
performance. Mr. Airy is available for women and men in Ped, Quarter
and ¾ Crew silhouettes.
With the new Concord sock, KEEN
introduces a 100% USA post-consumer recycled polyester leg and a
sustainably farmed Australian Merino wool footbed. Needle-injecting dye
directly into the yarn creates a colorful, space dye pattern that
differs slightly from sock to sock-and minimizes the use of excess dye
in the manufacturing process. The result is a breathable, quick-drying
sock that's unique inside and out. The Concord collection is available
in Crew Lite for women and Quarter Lite for men.
Inc., manufacturer of hybrid footwear, socks and bags, creates products
that inspire play-and help keep anyplace without a ceiling a place
worth exploring. Founded in 2003, KEEN was first recognized for its
Newport sandal and patented toe protection technology. Today the
company's footwear line includes trailhead, waterfront, casual, kids'
and infants' styles and is sold in over 30 countries worldwide.
supporting the efforts of its Hybrid.care partners and employing
business practices that demonstrate leadership and integrity, the
company works to build communities and support social and environmental
causes around the globe. For more information, please visit
Fibers, based in Wilmington, DE, is a textile research, development and
marketing company. The company, founded in 2001, has a scientific staff
credited with over 100 patents and developments.
a registered trademark of Optimer Perfomance Fibers. It is a patented,
intimate blend of hydrophobilic and hydrophilic fibers that accelerate
the water release rate of fabric when wet. For more information, visit
FreshGuard is a registered trademark
of Optimer Performance Fibers. It is an environmentally friendly odor
neutralizer built directly into all Dri-release fabrics. For more
information, visit http://www.drirelease.com.
KEEN Inc. Launches First Sock Containing Dri-release® E.C.O.Friday, 18 January 2008
KEEN Inc., a leader in hybrid footwear, socks and bags, is pleased to be the first manufacturer to utilize the new environmentally friendly technology, Dri-release E.C.O., Environmentally Correct OriginsTM in their Fall 2008 Hybrid.Sox collection.
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