THE PROCESS BEHIND OUR TEES
Our tees are made in the United States (thus creating thousands of American jobs each year), and they are dyed in California where more rigid environmental standards are enforced than in most other US states. Currently, our t-shirt manufacturer uses approximately seven times less water on average than other clothing manufacturers. This adds up to more than 1.2 billion gallons of water saved per year.
What’s more, water is filtered to remove any leftover dyes and then recycled and used over and over. This means water is not wasted, nor is it returned to rivers or streams where it would cause chemical and thermal pollution.
Our t-shirt manufacture's facilities also adhere fully to the 12 principles of W.R.A.P. (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production), ensuring that both people and the environment are protected and respected.
Energy efficiency is also a primary priority. All cutting and sewing facilities operate on solar power, headquarters buildings utilize motion-sensor LED lighting and skylights are being installed in all buildings to reduce the amount of energy required for lighting and overall operation. All this results in a considerably reduced carbon footprint.
Our tees are made from the highest quality combed and ring-spun cotton you can get. Clean cotton, long staple fibers, and our eco-friendly dying process is what makes our cotton different. Our tees have 2.5x more impurities removed than standard ring-spun cotton through our extensive combing process - so not only can you feel good about wearing our tees, but they feel good to wear.
OUR RECYCLED & ORGANIC TEES
A better t-shirt starts with better raw materials. Our tri-blens 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.
Recycled Polyester -
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!
Organic Cotton -
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 -
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.
Responsible Sourcing - 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.