Can running socks save our seas?


I know what you’re thinking, this isn’t usual RunningPhysio territory! Since when have I blogged about socks?! Stick with me, there’s a reason!…

…Every day I receive emails and messages from companies asking me to promote their products. We usually politely decline but one email recently from really grabbed my attention;

“We are striving to turn the plastic waste in the oceans into running apparel”

I thought, what a fantastic idea! We receive no financial incentives from companies and don’t promote products but we do like to promote good ideas, especially if they help the planet. Ideas like this are sorely needed as, according to Greenpeace, around 12.7 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans each year.

Like many runners I care about our environment and I’m concerned by plastic pollution. In fact we’re currently supporting Julia Reichel in her Row Don’t Throw challenge. Jules is rowing a marathon to raise awareness of plastic pollution and the many alternatives we have that can help us become plastic free. Follow her on Twitter via @JuliadReichel and check out her website to find out more.

So I followed up the email and agreed to try Rockay’s Accelerate Running Socks and take them out for a spin. They’re great; comfortable, good fit and no issues with rubbing or blisters. What’s also great is that making 1 pair of these socks will remove the equivalent of 2 water bottles of plastic from the ocean!

I must admit I’m impressed with Rockay’s mission to create the best running products while helping our oceans and ensuring the plastic they use is 100% traceable. You can find out more about this on their website and check out their sea-saving-socks! Their products are also available via Amazon.