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The most versatile and ubiquitous clothing item. A basic that you’ll always have in your wardrobe throughout the seasons that are made to go with your capsule wardrobe — the classic T-shirt.
We have a deep dive on the true cost of your T-shirt linked below, where we share some of the big issues with T-shirts today and the exciting innovative future brands are working on.
Some big things to call out:
- Different parts of the process add to huge amounts of water, chemical, and energy usage — it takes about 766 gallons of water to make one single white T-shirt. The amount of energy produced during the entire process is responsible for more than 220M tons of CO2 being annually produced.
- Numerous studies have shown that these cotton-related pesticides have caused over 350,000 farmer deaths a year and a million hospitalisations.
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Back to Tee Basics
You knew it was coming. The most versatile and ubiquitous clothing item. A basic that you'll always have in your wardrobe throughout the seasons that are made to go with your capsule wardrobe - the classic T-shirt. Originally worn as an undergarment, T-shirts gradually grew into casual clothing after World War II and popped onto fashion shows for their sexual apparel.
Before we specifically talk about any brands, here are some general alternatives to cotton T-shirts:
- Organic Cotton: Less synthetic chemicals or pesticides, with reduced cotton waste, but still produces more waste compared to other materials.
- Linen: Very breathable and lightweight, although it wrinkles quickly, remaining creased.
- Bamboo: Antibacterial and moisture-wicking qualities, although it is difficult to use in clothing but here is how the fabric is made.
- Wool: Soft and warmer, but the collection process is potentially harmful to sheep.
- Recycled cotton: Slows down production of synthetic material, but has similar problems to new cotton.
- Viscose: Semi-synthetic material made mostly of wood pulp that is lightweight and breathable. Still contains toxic chemicals and contributes to deforestation.
- Hemp: Breathable and soft, and requires far fewer chemicals and pesticides than cotton with 50% less water, and lasts longer than cotton. Many brands recommend hemp.
Check out some of these brands for a more sustainable, ethical and affordable option. We know that some prices are higher than average, so we are always on the hunt for more affordable alternatives.
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Note: We are not sponsored for any of these links today.