Facts: Alpaca Fiber Socks vs. CottonFiber Socks
Alpaca is a hydrophobic fiber, which means the fiber repels moisture. Cotton is a hydrophilic fiber, which means that cotton absorbs moisture. When cotton gets wet, it stays wet. Cotton socks absorb every ounce of moisture expelled from the body keeping the moisture in the feet and in between toes. This trapped moisture causes friction blisters and infections such as athletes foot. Alpaca socks repel moisture naturally due to the hollow fiber core. This helps reduce friction blisters and fungal infections of the feet.
Cotton socks when wet and moist lose their shape and stretch, this leads to bunching, which cause friction blisters. Alpaca socks retain their shape because they expel moisture away from the feet.
Non-organic cotton crops have 2.5% of the worlds cultivated crops yet uses 16% to 25% of the worldâs pesticides and fungicides, more than any other single crop in the world. Chemicals used in the processing of cotton pollute the air and surface waters. Alpaca fiber is a renewable, Eco-friendly fiber that can be spun immediately after shearing without using chemicals.
Socks made with alpaca fiber cost more than cotton socks, but without question, alpaca fiber socks are the better choice for your feet and our environment.