The cotton socks of yesteryear were made of cotton, not silk.
Now, a new study suggests that cotton socks could be a more eco-friendly option than traditional wool socks.
The new study, published in the journal Science Advances, examined how many pounds of cotton socks the average person would need to buy to make a $100 garment.
They found that a $20 pair of socks could only be made of 5.5 pounds of material, a much lower amount than a $1,000 pair of wool socks would need.
The study also found that the average American family could buy about 2,000 socks for every pound of cotton yarn, which is still quite a lot.
But the study didn’t have a direct link to the impact of synthetic cotton.
Instead, it looked at how many cotton balls a person would actually need to make one sock with the material.
And that figure is even higher for the typical American householder.
The average American household would need about 7,600 balls to make the same sock.
“This study is an interesting study that has a very different approach to the problem, the cotton socks question,” said study lead author J. Richard O’Leary, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
“It’s very interesting that we could find a very high number of wool-derived balls in cotton socks.
There are a lot of problems with wool socks, and they’re very, very difficult to make.
We can actually do better.”
The new findings, which O’Leeson said were “surprising,” will have implications for the textile industry.
He said that even though the wool socks of old weren’t made from wool, the new study is the first to look at how the wool yarn in them can be used to produce synthetic cotton socks instead.
“We have this really old idea that we have to use wool to make cotton socks,” O’Laverty said.
“But it’s a completely different process.
There is a whole other layer of insulation that is used, and there’s an additional layer of chemical treatment that is done to give the socks their properties.”
The research team’s research was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Science Foundation.