INTRODUCING PLANET ECO: Fox River Mills, an Osage, Iowa-based sock manufacturer, has introduced its first style of socks and sock liners made from recycled polyester.
Carrying the label Planet Eco, the new ragg socks are made of Fortrel EcoSpun polyester, wool, spandex and nylon. EcoSpun, a fiber made from recycled plastic soda bottles, is produced by Wellman Inc. at its Marion, S.C. facility.
One pair of Planet Eco ragg socks or sock liners consists of at least one two-liter plastic bottle, the company says. Available in three colors and three sizes, the ragg socks will be in stores in March. Socks wholesale for $4 and sock liners wholesale for $2.50. Fox River Mills expects to sell 60,000 pairs of Planet Eco socks by March of 1996, according to a company spokeswoman.

IN SEARCH OF SOCKS: Members of the Catawba Valley Hosiery Association, the Hickory, N.C.-based group of 100 hosiery mills, have put out a call for socks and pantyhose for its sock bank, whose inventory is quite low this year.
The CVHA donates most of the legwear to the underprivileged in North Carolina and South Carolina. It also uses some of the legwear for promotional giveaways.
Last year, the group collected and gave away about 250 dozen pairs of socks from the Kayser-Roth Corp., Willis Hosiery, Paul Lavitt Mills and 28 other hosiery mills. To date, the group has received only seven dozen pairs of socks, according to a spokeswoman for the association.
For the fifth consecutive year, the CVHA plans to send socks and pantyhose as Christmas gifts to 150 local, state and national legislators.
“It makes a difference. They remember,” according to Paul Fogleman, the CVHA’s executive director, who lobbies frequently on behalf of the area’s hosiery manufacturers.

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