A better t-shirt starts with better raw materials. Our tri-blend shirts are made from organic US-grown cotton, recycled polyester, and modal – three fibers that not only produce a luxuriously soft shirt, but are better for the environment as well.
Cotton makes up 50% of the all fiber used in clothing and other textiles, and more pesticides are used on industrial cotton than any other crop worldwide. It’s also a very thirsty plant, needing 700-2000 gallons of water to produce a single t-shirt. And 98% of conventional cotton in the US has been genetically engineered.
Allmade uses organic, non-GMO, cotton and conventional cotton grown in the US, where regulations on pesticide use are more established, and we’ve reduced the cotton content of our tri-blend shirt to 25%.
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.
The polyester in Allmade shirts is made exclusively of Repreve fibers, and every tri-blend shirt contains the equivalent of 3 plastic water bottles!
Modal is the secret to the luxurious softness of our tri-blend shirt. An evolved form of rayon, the Lenzing Modal® used by Allmade is made from sustainably harvested beech trees in PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) certified European forests.
Beech trees self-multiply and require no artificial planting or irrigation, and they are extremely resistant to pests and other environmental damage. Lenzing uses a proprietary, low-impact process to break the wood pulp down into fibers. Read all about it here.
In addition to being better for the environment themselves, all our raw materials except the Modal 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 half hour flight from Miami and that’s as far as our fabric and shirts have to go – a significant reduction in shipping.