Boston Nanotech Startup Begins Selling Anti-Odor Socks
Greenyarn, a Boston nanotech startup developing advanced fabrics for consumers seeking eco-friendly alternatives to conventional materials, has launched its online store offering anti-odor socks, fungus-resistant shoe insoles, and skin-repairing facial masks to the US public.
[ClickPress, Fri Jan 20 2006] Greenyarn, a Boston nanotech startup developing advanced fabrics for consumers seeking eco-friendly alternatives to conventional materials, has launched its online store offering anti-odor socks, fungus-resistant shoe insoles, and skin-repairing facial masks to the US public.
"Our products are a little incredible, but they only do what they do because of a simple, green, material we use to make them," said Robin Low, Greenyarn.com's CEO. "We call it Eco-fabric. It's made from a unique bamboo that grows in the mountains of Taiwan."
This bamboo is the Moso Bamboo (Phyllostachys heterocycla pubescens), the world's most porous bamboo from the Jhushan “Bamboo Mountain” region of Taiwan. Eco-fabric's active ingredient are nano-particles of Moso bamboo charcoal. The bamboo contains many pores in its structure, making it excellent for absorbing odor-causing chemicals, controlling temperature, and voiding moisture -- and an ideal fabric for footwear or undergarments. The bamboo is also naturally biocidal, and safely inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungii.
Eco-fabric's properties make a wide range of new products possible. Over the past year Greenyarn has developed deodorizing socks, anti-fungal insoles, and anti-ageing, moisturizing facial masks.
All Greenyarn socks are 200 needle count, made using a patented "3-D knitting" technique. Most other socks today are just 144 needle count, which offers less cushioning and can cause circulation problems or "tired feet" for people who spend most of their time at work standing or moving about. Greenyarn's 200 needle count socks are also cushioned in the soles and are reinforced in the heel and toe, together with an arch-band and Y-heel pocket. This ensures that the cushioned sole will not be flattened even after hours of wearing, making them highly comfortable to wear.
Under development at Greenyarn's labs in Taiwan, are temperature adapting polo shirts, ultra-thin jacket liners, and undergarments that stimulate metabolism. "We found that the activated particles in Eco-fabric emit far-infrared energy that is readily absorbed by the body," said Ben Wiley, Greenyarn's US accounts manager. "The energy released increases cell activation, blood circulation and metabolism in the body."
Greenyarn.com is distributing Eco-fabric and Eco-fabric garments in Asia through the Taiwanese company Advenz. Over the past six months Greenyarn products have been in distribution in Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Singapore, and are currently entering distribution in Thailand, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. At home in the USA, Greenyarn.com is handling its own distribution and is looking for stores that may want to carry its products. "We support the development of advanced, green materials and we manufacture final products," said Low. "Our mission is using green technology to improve people's lives."
Greenyarn is a nanotechnology company that develops advanced materials for consumers seeking eco-friendly alternatives to conventional fabrics. Greenyarn is based in Boston, Massachusetts. You can visit Greenyarn's website at www.greenyarn.com. If you are interested in Eco-fabric or Greenyarn products, feel free to contact our CEO, Robin Low directly at Robin@greenyarn.com.