Our black and white shirts are composed of 40% recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate). PET is the most common type of plastic resin. To create virgin PET, producers extract crude oil and natural gas from the Earth, then process and heat it to form a molten liquid.
Plastics in landfills take thousands of years to break down, and can leach toxic chemicals into the Earth. These chemicals can make their way into groundwater reserves, endangering both humans and animals. Plastics that “break down”, only do so into smaller pieces of plastic, which are still harmful to the ecosystems they may end up in.
The best we can about our big plastic problem is reduce our use. The second best we can do recycle what is already in use. Recycling plastics also helps decrease the amount of plastic waste that enters landfills. It not only provides a better option than the landfill, it also has the ability to greatly decrease our resource extraction.
Over 60% of first-time PET production is used to create polyester textiles. A small percentage of that is woven into our shirts! Approximately four water bottles worth of plastic are kept out of a landfill with each shirt. Doing things!