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Spring into fitness with eco-friendly products

April 21, 2010 10:04:07 AM PDT
A look at what's eco-friendly for the spring fitness season.

Fleet Feet Chicago has two locations: 1620 N. Wells in Pipers Alley and 4555 N. Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Square www.FleetFeetChicago.com for aditional details on stores and racing events throught the year.

---RELEASE-- FLEET FEET SPORTS GREEN INIATIVE PRODUCTS Earth Day: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fitness enthusiasts can now be environmentally conscious too, thanks to Fleet Feet Sports. Fleet Feet Sports is specializing in the latest and best selection of "GREEN" running shoes and apparel in the city. The owner Dave Zimmer made the environment a top priority while designing his newest Fleet Feet Sports location in Lincoln Square (scheduled to open by the end of June 2010) and the apparel they carry. In fact the newest Fleet Feet Sports location and the current Pipers Alley location is a model for environmentally friendly retail businesses. Dave Zimmer and a few fitness modes would make an excellent guest on your program and can feature all of the eco-friendly product lines and apparel listed below.

Fleet Feet Sports also takes going green outside of the retail store by encouraging participants to bike to the numerous events the store sponsors by increasing the number of bike racks and designating bike areas as Green Zone Bike Parking. By designating volunteers at our races as 'Green Police' in FF branded green shirts enforcing proper use of garbage bins and recycling bins. "We are also working with more environmentally-conscious sponsors including Ice Mountain water, and Whole Foods" says Dave Zimmer, owner of Fleet Feet Sports. Fleet Feet also prints race applications on recycled paper and has ample recycle bins at each race for plastic water bottles and paper.

It's all part of the Fleet Feet commitment to a healthy lifestyle not only for our customers, but for our planet.

MOVING COMFORT (sports bras for display)

"While enjoying the flavor of coffee, you can also provide a means to protect our environment. The recycled coffee grounds are transformed by a patented process into our special fibers called S. Café fabric."

Moving Comfort is working with a company called Singtex to produce the S. Café fabric that will be part of the cup construction of their new sports bras specifically Juno and Vixen that is currently carried at both Fleet Feet sports - Chicago stores.

S. Cafe fabric is fast drying, contain odor control properties, UV-protection and environmentally friendly.

Retail Price: $36.00 (Vixen), $52.00 (Juno)

Janet Nadal, Apparel Manager at Piper's Alley:

New Balance NBx Cocona Short Sleeve, color Fuchsia, retails: $38.00

Anti Microbial

Ultra Wicking

Made from Cocona fabrics that utilize the strength found in real coconut shells. You get comfortable, breathable clothing combined with enhanced performance properties - including odor resistance and UV protection.

Advanced heating process transforms the shells into activated carbon, which is then fused into polyester fibers.

Feetures! Socks, Bamboo Wool Ultra Light Lo Cut, retails: $12.99

Bamboo and Wool fibers

Natural advantages of bamboo

breathes easily

wicks away moisture

naturally eliminates odor-causing bacteria

100% biodegradable and renewable

Unique power bands of lycra hug your entire foot for maximum support

Snug, supportive fit eliminates movement to prevent blisters

- No irritating toe seam Brooks Cascadia 5, retails: $100.00

Trail Running Shoe

HPR Green Outsole: durable, long wearing outsole compound made from sand rather than oil.

Results in premium wet-dry traction for excellent skid-resistance.

Mogo Midsole: Eco-friendly midsole manufacturing process reduces waste by 50%.

Shoebox

Made of fully biodegrable, 100% recycled paperboard.

Features only non-toxic, soy-based inks with no heavy metals

All stuffing and wrapping inside the box has been reduced and is also made of biodegrable, 100% recycled materials

Chuck Pennscott, Store Manager at Piper's Alley: Icebreaker Tech T Lite, Color Jungle, retails: $55.00

Men and Women Lifestyle Apparel

Versatile, multi-use, technical yet fashionable

Great travel pieces

Made of 100% pure merino

Icebreaker merino sheep live in a large mountain range called the Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand.

Sustainable and annually renewable resource

The fibers in each piece are extremely efficient temperature regulating system.

Fine, soft fiber that is itch free

Highly breathable and Highly insulating

Easy to care for - machine washable and hang dry Smartwool, PhD Running Ultra Light Micro, Color Graphite/Silver, retails: $12.95

You stay drier for longer because SmartWool wicks, absorbs and evaporates more efficiently than any other fiber, including synthetics.

SmartWool regulates your body temperature, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

SmartWool fibers are able to withstand the rigours of everyday wear and tear. Brooks Cascadia 5, retails: $100.00

Trail Running Shoe

HPR Green Outsole: durable, long wearing outsole compound made from sand rather than oil.

Results in premium wet-dry traction for excellent skid-resistance.

- Mogo Midsole: Eco-friendly midsole manufacturing process reduces waste by 50%.

Shoebox

Made of fully biodegrable, 100% recycled paperboard.

Features only non-toxic, soy-based inks with no heavy metals

All stuffing and wrapping inside the box has been reduced and is also made of biodegrable, 100% recycled materials

John Levell, Part Timer at Piper's Alley: Prana Clark Short Sleeve, Color Ink, retails: $48.00

100% organic cotton

Carbonized finish for an ultra soft hand

Botton down collar

Small check yarn dyed fabrication

Lower environmental impact means less energy to produce a fiber as in organic cotton reduces the amount of pesticides than regular cotton. Conventionally grown cotton consumes approx. 25% of the insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides used in the world. Organic production systems on the other hand replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Feetures! Socks, Bamboo Wool Ultra Light Quarter, retails: $12.99

Bamboo and Wool fibers

Natural advantages of bamboo

breathes easily

wicks away moisture

naturally eliminates odor-causing bacteria

100% biodegradable and renewable

Unique power bands of lycra hug your entire foot for maximum support

Snug, supportive fit eliminates movement to prevent blisters

- No irritating toe seam Simple Carport Elastic, retail $55.00

Men's slip-on sneaker with hemp and certified organic cotton blend uppers, the bottom of the shoe is made from a recycled car tire and recycled PET elastic laces.

committed to making their product 100% sustainable

Sustainable products use

Hemp

Organic cotton

Recycled car tires

Recycled rubber

100% Post - Consumer Recycled Box

Katelyn Krey, Part Timer at Piper's Alley: Icebreaker ¾ Sleeve Cruise Emu, Color Peacock, retails: $90.00 - Men and Women Lifestyle Apparel o Versatile, multi-use, technical yet fashionable o Great travel pieces

Made of 100% pure merino

Icebreaker merino sheep live in a large mountain range called the Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand.

Sustainable and annually renewable resource

The fibers in each piece are extremely efficient temperature regulating system.

Fine, soft fiber that is itch free

Highly breathable and Highly insulating

Easy to care for - machine washable and hang dry Smartwool, PhD Running Ultra Light Mini, Color Blue/White, retails: $12.95

You stay drier for longer because SmartWool wicks, absorbs and evaporates more efficiently than any other fiber, including synthetics.

SmartWool regulates your body temperature, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

SmartWool fibers are able to withstand the rigours of everyday wear and tear. Simple Satire Elastic, Color Birch, retails: $55.00

Women's slip-on sneaker with hemp and certified organic cotton blend uppers, the bottom of the shoe is made from a recycled car tire and recycled PET elastic laces.

committed to making their product 100% sustainable

Sustainable products use

Hemp

Organic cotton

Recycled car tires

Recycled rubber

100% Post - Consumer Recycled Box

FLEET FEET SPORTS GREEN INIATIVE PRODUCTS Earth Day: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Fitness enthusiasts can now be environmentally conscious too, thanks to Fleet Feet Sports. Fleet Feet Sports is specializing in the latest and best selection of "GREEN" running shoes and apparel in the city. The owner Dave Zimmer made the environment a top priority while designing his newest Fleet Feet Sports location in Lincoln Square (scheduled to open by the end of June 2010) and the apparel they carry. In fact the newest Fleet Feet Sports location and the current Pipers Alley location is a model for environmentally friendly retail businesses. Dave Zimmer and a few fitness modes would make an excellent guest on your program and can feature all of the eco-friendly product lines and apparel listed below.

Fleet Feet Sports also takes going green outside of the retail store by encouraging participants to bike to the numerous events the store sponsors by increasing the number of bike racks and designating bike areas as Green Zone Bike Parking. By designating volunteers at our races as 'Green Police' in FF branded green shirts enforcing proper use of garbage bins and recycling bins. "We are also working with more environmentally-conscious sponsors including Ice Mountain water, and Whole Foods" says Dave Zimmer, owner of Fleet Feet Sports. Fleet Feet also prints race applications on recycled paper and has ample recycle bins at each race for plastic water bottles and paper.

It's all part of the Fleet Feet commitment to a healthy lifestyle not only for our customers, but for our planet.

FEETURES SOCKS

Bamboo and Wool fibers

Natural advantages of bamboo

breathes easily

wicks away moisture

naturally eliminates odor-causing bacteria

100% biodegradable and renewable

- Unique power bands of lycra hug your entire foot for maximum support

Snug, supportive fit eliminates movement to prevent blisters

No irritating toe seam

Retail Price: $12.99/pair

SMARTWOOL SOCKS

You stay drier for longer because SmartWool wicks, absorbs and evaporates more efficiently than any other fiber, including synthetics.

SmartWool regulates your body temperature, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

SmartWool fibers are able to withstand the rigours of everyday wear and tear.

Retail Price: $11.99 - $14.99/ pair

SIMPLE SHOES

committed to making their product 100% sustainable

Sustainable products use

Hemp

Organic cotton

Recycled car tires

Recycled rubber

100% Post - Consumer Recycled Box

Retail Price: $55 - 65

ICEBREAKER

Men and Women Lifestyle Apparel

Versatile, multi-use, technical yet fashionable

Great travel pieces

Made of 100% pure merino

Icebreaker merino sheep live in a large mountain range called the Southern Alps in the South Island of New Zealand.

Sustainable and annually renewable resource

The fibers in each piece are extremely efficient temperature regulating system.

Fine, soft fiber that is itch free

Highly breathable and Highly insulating

Easy to care for - machine washable and hang dry

Retail Price: $55 - 150+

MOVING COMFORT

"While enjoying the flavor of coffee, you can also provide a means to protect our environment. The recycled coffee grounds are transformed by a patented process into our special fibers called S. Café fabric."

Moving Comfort is working with a company called Singtex to produce the S. Café fabric that will be part of the cup construction of their new sports bras specifically Juno and Vixen that is currently carried at both Fleet Feet sports - Chicago stores.

S. Café fabric is fast drying, contain odor control properties, UV-protection and environmentally friendly.

Retail Price: $36.00 (Vixen), $52.00 (Juno)

BROOKS CASCADIA 5

Trail Running Shoe

HPR Green Outsole: durable, long wearing outsole compound made from sand rather than oil.

Results in premium wet-dry traction for excellent skid-resistance.

Mogo Midsole: Eco-friendly midsole manufacturing process reduces waste by 50%.

Shoebox

Made of fully biodegrable, 100% recycled paperboard.

Features only non-toxic, soy-based inks with no heavy metals

All stuffing and wrapping inside the box has been reduced and is also made of biodegrable, 100% recycled materials

Retail Price: $100


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