A better t-shirt starts with better raw materials. Our tri-blend shirts are made from organic US-grown cotton, recycled polyester, and TENCEL™ Modal– three fibers that not only produce a luxuriously soft shirt, but are better for the environment as well.
America alone disposes of 29 billion plastic water bottles per year. The plastic in these bottles has the same chemical makeup as polyester, so they can be cleaned and processed into polyester yarn, reducing waste. Every tri-blend shirt contains the equivalent of 6 plastic water bottles!
Cotton makes up 50% of the all fiber used in clothing and other textiles, worldwide. More pesticides are used on GMO/chemical cotton than any other crop worldwide. It’s also a very thirsty plant, needing 500-700 gallons of water to produce a single t-shirt. And 98% of cotton in the US has been genetically engineered. Allmade uses organic, non-GMO, cotton grown in the US and we’ve reduced the cotton content of our tri-blend shirt to 25%.
TENCEL™ Modal is the secret to the luxurious softness of our tri-blend shirt. A next -generation" viscose, the TENCEL™ Modal used in Allmade garments is made from sustainably harvested beech trees in PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) certified European forests.
Beech trees regenerate from the root system and thus do not require replanting or use of irrigation. Lenzing uses a proprietary, low-impact process to break the wood pulp down into fibers. Read all about it here.
In addition to the direct impact to the environment, most materials are sourced right here in the US, shipped to Haiti to be sewn into shirts, and shipped back to the US for sale.
A typical t-shirt will travel 16,000 miles: cotton grown in one country, shipped to another to be processed into fiber, and another to be spun into yarn, and another to be knitted into fabric, and so on. Most of this shipping is done using bunker fuel, a heavy oil residue so toxic most countries won’t let ships using it within 200 miles of shore.
Haiti, on the other hand, is a mere 500 miles from Miami and that’s as far as our fabric and shirts have to go – a significant reduction in shipping.