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Stop Killing the Planet with T-shirts

Did you know that it takes 713 gallons of water to make just one cotton t-shirt?

Okay, well maybe that statistic is somewhat skewed because no one manufactures just one t-shirt. What it’s really about is the water that it takes to grow the cotton. It’s a lot.

It’s still a scary proposition for our planet and our limited resources. Last night one of our insta followers tagged us in a post about this, and I knew that I had to say something.

Our whole business being what it is, we print thousands of new cotton t-shirts every year. Does that concern me? You know me, of course it does. We try to make as little impact on the planet as possible in our screen printing. Are we going to shut down and stop taking orders of new shirts? Well, no. I don’t think that our going out of business would effectively solve the problem.

I do know that there are things we (and you and everyone) can do to at least slow this crazy train down.

Less consumption, for one. Think about how easy it is to go to any Target or WalMart in your area and buy a cheap graphic tee. Or think about the festivals and markets you go to. Rather than loading up on an armful of t-shirts and tank tops because you just gotta have ’em all, be choosier. Maybe choose one you truly love this trip. Choose one made with premium quality cotton, from a WRAP-certified manufacturer who uses the most sustainable methods. It’s a start.

Reuse your old tees. It doesn’t take Einstein-level thinking to figure out how to put your old worn-out t-shirts to new uses. Cleaning rags, for one. Cut them up and sew new things like bags and skirts and belts. Cut off the collar, twist it up and bam – soft bracelet! Stop throwing things away, people!

Eschew Fast Fashion. Fast Fashion is where garment designers create a limited supply of a new, trendy style for the mass market. If it sells, it may become permanent. If not, they didn’t bet the farm on it and have unsellable inventory. Neat-o, huh? It is for the manufacturer. In three months (or hours) when that style is no longer fashionable, guess what happens? They get thrown out, maybe donated. But what’s the point? Better to buy classic looks that stand the test of time than to bend to every fashion trend. One of my favorite shirts is a striped tee from The Gap that I bought over twenty years ago.

Watch Your Washing. It’s not just the making, but the care of the t-shirts that can make a big impact. Wash in cold water whenever possible, hang dry and leave out the ironing. If it’s wrinkled, hang it in the bathroom while you shower. It not only saves water, but reduces carbon emissions from using less electrical energy.

You knew I wasn’t going to say stop buying t-shirts altogether, right? Listen, they’re comfortable, easy to care for, they look cool, and they can last a long time. Like any other type of garment or product, we need to be more mindful about what we buy.

Hey! Check out this super cool t-shirt designer/printer that only reuses tees: Stay Vocal

Also! You must check out Threads for Love’s Upcycled Collection. We love it!

One last fact: Did you know that it takes 1,799 gallons of water to make a pound of beef? I’ll let you chew on that one while I eat my vegan burger.

Honoring Fellow Veterans

Did you know that we are a veteran-owned business? D.J. served in Desert Storm, loading cargo planes with supplies, helicopters, Hummers, satellites, food and even people! If you’re a veteran, we give you 10% off your orders, always (this also applies to active duty U.S. military). It’s our way of honoring your service. Continue Reading

We take care of our veterans and active duty U.S. military!

It’s true! We offer a 10% discount to all veterans and active duty members of the US military. That includes #trans military members no matter what 45 says. All you need to do is show proof of service when you’re making your order and you get the discount. Easy! #TransMilitaryBan #transmilitary#veterans #activeduty #tshirts#customtshirts Continue Reading

Shani Rose tour tees

Smart people ask questions! Shani Rose tour tees

Client: Shani Rose, Singer/Songwriter Printed by: D.J. Like many of our clients, Shani came to us with tons of questions. It’s what we live for. When someone asks a lot of questions about t-shirts before they order, research shows they’re 123% happier with their shirts than those who asked no questions, or asked questions about organic peanut butter (which we’ll… Continue Reading

Threads for Love tees

Threads for Love tees

Client: Renee Willoughby, Threads for Love Printed by: D.J. Music to Print by: 80s playlist on Google Play Snacks Consumed: Water. But I just had Jenni’s amazing lentil loaf for lunch, thanks. We love printing for Renee’s vegan apparel line. She always chooses the best shirts, which may have something to do with her fashion industry background. When she originally approached us… Continue Reading

El Cochinito tees

El Cochinito tees

Client: Daniel Navarro, El Cochinito Printed by: D.J. Music to Print by: Beastie Boys, License to Ill; The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper; 80s playlist on Spotify Snacks Consumed: Starburst and natural orange soda These 3-color tees were fun to print. There’s a challenge to separating colors in any logo, but this one had lots of great detail. It was originally created… Continue Reading

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