Bear Fiber, with partners, creates first U.S.-made farm-to-fiber hemp socks
Posted January 28, 2021
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Hemp fiber is woven into the fabric of America – from sailing ships and clothing to flags and fiber farming by the Founding Fathers.
Now, Bear Fiber is making hemp fiber hip again.
The company has been promoting hemp fiber for fashion since the 1990s, when they were also helping develop the organic cotton market. Their goal now is to help grow the American hemp fiber industry by developing a commercially sustainable market to support farmers, processors, yarn spinners, textile manufacturers and the apparel industry in the USA.
To this end Bear Fiber has produced the first socks made from American hemp, because they want everyone to know Hemp Makes It Better™.
They want to make it easy for you to treat your feet to luxurious comfort, fashion, value and support “Made In The USA” sustainability at the same time. With proprietary methods that produce a soft, stronger, cotton-like hemp fiber, they are helping reestablish industrial hemp domestically and bring back a “new” natural technical fiber to make better, longer-lasting apparel and wellness products from farm to fashion.
For more than a year, Bear Fiber has been working to develop the perfect hemp/cotton sustainable sock with the expert knitters at the Catawba Valley Community College’s Manufacturing Solutions Center in Conover, N.C. They are truly obsessed with making comfortable socks of the highest quality and most sustainable yarns, according to President & CEO Guy Carpenter.
Hemp is the focus, but their socks also contain a proprietary technology that conforms to your feet, will not slouch or droop, do not have that irritating toe seam, breathe naturally and have been “intimately blended” with organic cotton and Unifi REPREVE recycled performance fiber Nylon 6.
If you are interested in supporting the U.S. hemp fiber industry, you can, by preordering a pair of the first commercial production of these incredible socks and being a part of this historical event.
By creating a value chain around hemp fiber in the U.S., Bear Fiber is seeking partners to join in this journey to incorporate sustainability and longevity into lifestyles. With further collaboration, hemp can be reestablished and made into a “new” American source of natural fibers for better products and wellness, from the rural farm to your fashion.
Carpenter said he would like to thank the many Carolina farmers and processors, Catawba Valley Community College’s Manufacturing Solutions Center, Gaston College’s Textile Technology Center, N.C. State’s Wilson College of Textiles, Fashion For Good, Textile Exchange, Outdoor Retailer, SEAMS, N.C. Board of Science, Technology or Innovation, and the many others who have been involved on this journey.
Source: Bear Fiber