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How Are Recycled Water Bottles Made Into T-Shirts?

by Emily Waddell

As you know our t-shirts are ethically made in Haiti using recycled water bottles, organic cotton & TENCEL modal. One of the questions I get asked most often is how are water bottles turned into t-shirts? Our tees are incredibly soft & each made with six recycled water bottles. It is mind blowing. Here's a little bit behind the process.

Basically the water bottles go through a process of breaking the plastic into tiny chips, melting, blending, and turning it into recycled polyester. Watch the video to learn about this intriguing process. With our tees, our fabulous supplier blends this recycled polyester material with organic cotton and TENCEL modal (a super soft wood-based fiber). The combination of these is what makes our tees so soft! Yes, you would never guess that there are six water bottles in each shirt.

I do the graphic design work for the tees and work with a local screen-printer in Seattle to make the bold designs come to life. And then our tees are shipped to YOU in compostable mailers or sold at local vendor fairs! That's how it's done! 

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T-Shirts Made from Recycled Water Bottles

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Hot Mess Express T-Shirt

$28.00

The Hot Mess t-shirt encourages people to embrace the messiness of life and embrace self love. It's okay to not be put together all the time. Our ethical clothing encourages shoppers to look past the pressure of having a perfect "Instagramable" life, encourages people to embrace their imperfections, and learn to laugh through the messiness of life. 

Social Impact

  • Our t-shirt supplier produces great quality shirts, while fighting generational poverty in Haiti. LIFE, the Haitian facility where the shirts are produced, creates dignified work that keeps families together. They pay workers 5x the going rate for similar jobs in the area. 100% of LIFE's profits are dedicated to programs that support orphans.
  • Each shirt uses 6 recycled poly water bottles and all fabric is spun, knitted, processed and finished in the USA.
  • Our tees are printed locally in Seattle, WA using non-toxic and phthalate free inks

Product Description: 

This eco-friendly tee makes a statement and is a great conversation starter to let others know they're not alone in this imperfect journey of life. Unisex sizes to flatter men, women, & everyone. Tri-blend Crews unique and proprietary blend is built from 50% Repreve® polyester from recycled plastic; 25% organic, US grown, combed, ring spun cotton; and 25% TENCEL™ Modal. These sustainable fibers combine to create a soft, flexible, and smooth fabric.  Check out all our affordable ethical t-shirts here. Out of stock of your size? We restock our short sleeve tees about once a month. Sign up for our e-mail list here to be notified when sizes are restocked.

***Due to organic cotton and focus on crafting our shirts with eco-friendly materials, there may be naturally occurring brown speckles within the sold white fabric. This is because our t-shit suppliers do not bleach the organic cotton due to the use eco-conscious nature of the shirts. Naturally occurring brown speckles may be noticeable up close & personal, but not from a distance. See images. 

Washing & Care: We recommend washing in cold water & hang drying your tee! As this will ensure it lasts the longest and is better for the environment! 

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Shit Show T-Shirt

$28.00

The Shit Show t-shirt encourages people to embrace the messiness of life and embrace self love. It's okay to not be put together all the time! As a shit show myself, I'd go as far to say  life is more exciting when you don't have your shit together! Our ethical clothing encourages shoppers to look past the pressure of having a perfect "Instagramable" life, encourages people to embrace their imperfections, and learn to laugh through the messiness of life. 

Social Good
  • Our t-shirt supplier produces great quality shirts, while fighting generational poverty in Haiti. LIFE, the Haitian facility where the shirts are produced, creates dignified work that keeps families together. They pay workers 5x the going rate for similar jobs in the area. 100% of LIFE's profits are dedicated to programs that support orphans.
  • Each shirt uses 6 recycled poly water bottles and all fabric is spun, knitted, processed and finished in the USA.
  • Our tees are printed locally in Seattle, WA using non-toxic and phthalate free inks

Product Description: 

This eco-friendly tee makes a statement and is a great conversation starter to let others know they're not alone in this imperfect journey of life. Unisex sizes to flatter men, women, & everyone. Tri-blend Crews unique and proprietary blend is built from 50% Repreve® polyester from recycled plastic; 25% organic, US grown, combed, ring spun cotton; and 25% TENCEL™ Modal. These sustainable fibers combine to create a soft, flexible, and smooth fabric. 

Out of stock of your size? Don't worry! We have our tees made in small batches to avoid creating excess product & waste. We restock our short sleeve tees about once a month. Sign up for our e-mail list here to be notified when sizes are restocked.

Washing & Care: We recommend washing in cold water & hang drying your tee! As this will ensure it lasts the longest and is better for the environment! 

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Give a Damn T-Shirt: Dainty Style

$28.00

 

Let the world know you care with our dainty style Give a Damn tee. This feminine design features a delicate style with a bold message. This t-shirt is a great gift for social justice warriors, activists, environmentalists, and do-gooders all around! 

Social Impact

  • Our t-shirt supplier produces great quality shirts, while fighting generational poverty in Haiti. LIFE, the Haitian facility where the shirts are produced, is among a number of ventures developed to create dignified work that keeps families together. They pay workers 5x the going rate for similar jobs in the area. 100% of LIFE's profits are dedicated to programs that support orphans.
  • Each shirt uses 6 recycled poly water bottles and all fabric is spun, knitted, processed and finished in the USA.
  • Our tees are locally screen printed in Seattle using non-toxic and phthalate free inks.

Product Description 

Unisex sizes to flatter men, women, & everyone. Tri-blend Crews unique and proprietary blend is built from 50% Repreve® polyester from recycled plastic; 25% organic, US grown, combed, ring spun cotton; and 25% TENCEL™ Modal. These sustainable fibers combine to create a soft, flexible, and smooth fabric. Check out all our affordable sustainable t-shirts here. 

Washing & Care

We recommend washing in cold water & hang drying your tee! As this will ensure it lasts the longest and is better for the environment! 

Out of stock of your size? Don't worry! We have our tees made in small batches to avoid creating excess product & waste. We restock our short sleeve tees about once a month. Sign up for our e-mail list here to be notified when sizes are restocked

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