Colorado Company Wants To Turn Your Old Socks Into Cozy Dog Beds

At the back of every drawer and under every bed lurks the discarded sock. Dirty, stretched, and exposed at the heel or toe, a worn sock is ignored and hidden from view until you realize it serves no practical purpose. Into the garbage it goes, eventually making its way to an already overflowing landfill. What if a sock could find in death what it never had in life: dignity. That’s the goal of apparel company Smartwool, which has announced that they will be accepting worn consumer socks that they will then grind up and turn into stuffing for dog beds. Dubbed the Second Cut Project, the move is intended to reduce sock waste and lower the burden textiles have on landfills. The ultimate goal is to have their products at 100% circularity by 2030. To participate, you can drop off your disgusting used socks at a participating retailer throughout 42 states. If you order something from the Smartwool website, the company will send you a pre-paid collection bag with your order so you can mail your expired socks back to them. You can find a complete list of participating retailers here.