Sustainable t-shirts are ideal for casual lounging in the garden or on the beach, or go for more upmarket t-shirts for work or other occasions. But most t-shirts are made from polyester or nylon, which is basically made from petrol. And not only do they not biodegrade, but they cause mass pollution (both in the way they are made) and the water used to create them. Also see clothing brands that help animals.
If you have synthetic fibre clothing (and that includes recycled polyester or plastic bottles), launder in a microfiber catch bag which can capture some of the microplastics that break off (however it does not catch them all, and even when binned, they could cause harm if it rains at landfill). So best to spend a few pounds extra when replacing, on natural biodegradable fabrics.
- WEARTH London is a nice zero waste online store, which offers a wide range of organic cotton t-shirts like this Zola Amour organic cotton jersey t-shirt. All the tees are fairly made and sent in zero waste packaging. A few are made from recycled polyester, so see laundering instructions above. If you shop regularly, it’s worth signing up to earn points to redeem against future orders.
- Invisible Friend offers a nice line of beautifully made men’s organic t-shirts, in various designs and colours. Described as ‘mini modern works of art’, they have many celebrity fans, but the philosophy remains the same – to say a little of your passion in an interesting way, and save the planet too.
Sustainable T-Shirts for Children
- The Kindness Co-op (Brighton) makes organic cotton t-shirts for adults and children, all with kindness and save-the-planet messages. Founded by two mothers, a portion of profits help mental health charities for young people (there are also organic sweatshirts).
- Kerfuffle & Malarkey offers nice organic t-shirts for adults and children, with animal designs. All are produced to Fair Wear guidelines, profits help their charity partners (wildlife, children and human rights).