New for 2006: Wacky Biodegradable Socks!

Japanese and American manufactures plan on producing a biodegradable sock for early 2006. They’ll be made from corn-derived fiber and produced in the U.S. They will first appear in clothing stores in Japan. The U.S. Grains Council seems to be behind this unusual sock, in an attempt to create new markets for U.S. corn.

Fox River Mills Inc. of Iowa, W.Y. Shugart & Sons Inc. of Alabama, and Harriss & Covington Hosiery Mills and Twin City Knitting, of North Carolina will be the primary factories responsible for reproducing the socks. They’ll cost about 20% more than regular socks, by the way, but are a supposedly an “eco-friendly” alternative to petroleum-based socks, which, in addition to cotton and wool, are quite common and take more time to degrade.

See the full article here: Biodegradable Corn Socks