FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do you use synthetic yarns for your socks?
This might sound more uncommon to you than it actually is! If you have a closer look on your wardrobe, you will learn that pretty much all your performance apparel pieces are made from synthetic yarns. And for good reasons: Synthetic fibers have hydrophobic properties. They transport moisture away from your skin and stay breathable and light during exercise. In case of socks, these properties do not only enhance the comfort but will keep your feet dry and blister-free!
Are synthetic fibers kind to the skin?
Yes, our synthetic fibers have hydrophobic properties and are free of harmful chemicals. They transport moisture away from the body and ensure that your skin can breathe. Compared to organic fibers like cotton, synthetic fibers emit much less pigments and production residues what is indicated by their excellent color fastness.
How do you ensure that your garments are free of harmful chemicals?
We are producing all our garments in Portugal. All manufacturing within the European Union is done under the REACH regulation that restricts harmful chemicals within European production facilities.Additionally, many of the yarns and production processes we employ are certified by the OEKO-TEX 100 standard and we are working towards official certifications for our finished goods.
How much ocean plastic do your socks contain?
We are using 35% of SEAQUAL® YARN for our performance socks. This polyester yarn is made from 100% recycled materials, including marine litter. SEAQUAL INITIATIVE works with NGOs, fishermen, authorities and local communities to help clean our oceans. Marine litter from our beaches, ocean floor and surface, rivers and estuaries, is collected by clean-up programs. It is then sorted into different material types and the plastic portion is cleaned and transformed into Upcycled Marine Plastic. Naturally, not all of the litter is plastic and not all of the plastic is of high enough quality to be processed into yarns so SEAQUAL® YARN contains approximately 10% Upcycled Marine Plastic and 90% post-consumer plastic from land sources.
What about microplastics? Are these harmful to the environment?
Yes, we definitely think so. The term microplastics describes any kind of plastic fragment that is less than 5mm in length. Studies have shown alarmingly high concentrations of microplastics in the environment, especially in aquatic and marine ecosystems. Most microplastics degrade from larger plastic pieces such as soda bottles, fishing nets or plastic bags once they enter the environment and exposed to a natural weathering process. Therefore, one of the most effective ways to fight microplastics is to keep plastic trash from entering the environment or actively remove it.
More recent studies have also uncovered the impact and circulation of microfibers that originate from synthetic fibers in our clothing. These contribute only a relatively small share to the general problem of microplastics and are much harder to trace. Nonetheless we recommend to take precautious measures as studies have shown that microfibers tend to persist and accumulate throughout the food chain. In order to reduce the distribution of microfibres you may limit the use of fabric softeners, wash less often, reduce the spin speed or consider the use of a microfibre filter bag.
What sports are your socks suitable for?
As everyday athletes we try to include various activities into our daily routine. Performance is key to all our products but we prefer equipment that allows us to do various activities without changing our gear in between. Following this idea, our socks a suitable for a wide range of activities, including: Gym sessions, running, cycling, skating, hiking and a lot more…
Why do you only ship to Switzerland?
We would love to make our products available to more people right away but as we are a small company, we have to take things step by step. Selling internationally would mean maintaining several web-shops, finding logistic solutions for each country and additional warehousing. However, we will work on this challenge and hopefully be able to sell to more countries soon.
What’s next? Are there going to see more products from Teal Project?
Definitely. We are already working on new ideas and can’t wait to show you. Sign up for our newsletter to be among the first to know about it!