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Dirtball's 100% eco-friendly denim jeans are made from cotton and 8 recycled water bottles. American-made recycled apparel for men.

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Founded in 2008, Dirtball constructs only 100% eco-friendly, 100% made in the U.S.A. apparel. All of our polyester comes from recycled water bottles and our cotton comes straight from the cutting room floor.

We founded Dirtball with some strong DNA. Economic, Environmental and Social. All of our products must be made in the U.S.A. and all must be made from recycled cotton or recycled polyester (water bottles) or both. We support our community with our local skate, mountain bike and BMX tours or by giving to various local and national charities like 1% For The Planet, Habitat for Humanity and The Children's Security Blanket. 

The Green Jean

Our latest creation, the Green Jean, is why we have come to Kickstarter. We need your help! If our goals are met we will sustain approximately 25 U.S. manufacturing jobs for 2 months, recycle thousands of water bottles and save hundreds of barrels of crude oil just from the Green Jean alone. It is up to us!

 Facts on the Green Jean

  • 71% Cotton 29% Recycled Polyester 3/1 RHT 11.5 oz Denim from the legendary Cone Denim White Oak Plant
  • 70% Recycled Cotton 30% Recycled Polyester Duck Fabric (khaki)
  • Classic comfort fit—not too skinny and not too loose, with a perfect rise—resulting in a fit that will never go out of style
  • Sizes - 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38
  • Inseams - 30, 32, 34, 36
  • Chain stitched waistband
  • Lock stitch cuff
  • 2 needle fell stitch inner seam
  • 2 needle safety and top stitch outer seam 
  • Each jean contains between 8 and 10 recycled water bottles depending on size
  • 100% made in the U.S.A.
  • 4 styles to choose from
  • We will ship internationally

Anything questions or need some help?

Got some more questions? We'd love to hear from you! Email us at info@dirtballfashion.com

After you support us, we would love if you helped spread the word. Email, Facebook, Twitter - whatever you prefer!

We can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and at our website.

Rewards

The Dirt Sock 2.0
The Dirt Sock 2.0
The Original Trucker Hat
The Original Trucker Hat
The Recycled and Authentic T and Polo
The Recycled and Authentic T and Polo
Our not so average sweatshirt
Our not so average sweatshirt
The Dirtball Hoodies
The Dirtball Hoodies

Some Facts on Plastic and Cotton

  • 66 Billion bottles of water are consumed each year in the U.S.A. alone
  • 51 billion plastic bottles go into U.S. landfills every year
  • 2 million plastic bottles are used in the U.S. every 10 minutes
  • 10 plastic bottles = 1 pound of polyester fiber
  • It takes up to 750 years for a water bottle to decompose
  • 1 ton (2000) lbs of plastic bottles recycled saves 3.8 barrels of oil
  • 1 million plastic bottles recycled eliminates 180 metric tons of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere
  • 3 billion plastic bottles recycled is the equivalent of saving over half a million barrels of oil and eliminating 400,000 tons of harmful air emissions
  • 10% of all US oil consumed (2 million barrels per day) is used to make plastics
  • Recycling plastic bottles takes 8 times less energy than to produce an equivalent amount of new ones
  • More than 45,000 tons of plastic are thrown into the oceans every year, killing as many as 1,000,000 seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals
  • 95% of all plastic ever created is still in existence today
  • More than 90% of refuse found on beaches is plastic.
  • Recycling pre-consumer cotton helps to keep 5 billion pounds of waste from going into U.S. landfills.
  • It takes 1/3 lb of agricultural chemicals to produce 1 cotton t-shirt
  • Cotton uses 25% of the world’s insecticides, even though it is grown on 2.4% of the world’s land. Cotton consumes 60% of the insecticides applied in the U.S.
  • Cotton requires 22,000 liters of water to produce 1 kilogram of cotton lint making it the most fresh water intensive crop in the world
  • Recycled cotton doesn’t take the manual labor or land use that is required for conventionally grown cotton. It takes twice as much land usage to produce the same amount of organic cotton as conventionally grown cotton
  • The majority of the organic cotton is produced in Asia or India and shipped to the U.S. offsetting any environmental benefits due to the transportation resulting carbon footprint

Sustainable Facts on Dirtball's 100% Eco Friendly Recycled Material

  • Each Dirtball T-shirt contains 6.5 16oz. water bottles.
  • All shirts printed with water-based or thialate-free ink.
  • For every 100K tees we make we save approximately 916K gallons of fresh water
  • For every 100K tees or jeans we make we keep between 700k and 1M water bottles out of landfills
  • For every 100K tees we make keep approximately 14000lbs  of cotton scrap out of landfills
  • For every 100K tees or jeans we make we save approximately 8400 gallons of crude oil
  • For every 100K pieces of gear we produce we sustain 15 U.S. manufacturing jobs for 1 year

Every Dirtball garment begins at the source – recycled plastic bottles and recycled cotton. Post-consumer plastic bottles are sorted according to color, stripped of their labels and caps, washed and ground down to shavings. These flakes are melted and extruded into a polyester fiber that is nearly identical chemically and functionally to virgin polyester. The cotton comes from industry scraps that hit the floor and would usually go to landfills. This is also sorted according to color and blended with the polyester to make a new fiber. The fiber is then spun into yarn and knitted into fabric to be cut and sewn into a garment.

Pre-sorting all the materials by color is absolutely crucial to the environmental impact of Dirtball. By avoiding dying the fabric in the manufacturing process, we are able to save tremendously on the use of water, energy and chemicals. 

Dirtball also make a serious effort to align ourselves with other organizations that share our vision a few examples are  the band Widespread Panic, The International Mountain Biking Association and The University of Vermont. From the people and organizations we sell to, to the companies we work with to produce Dirtball gear, Dirtball works to ensure that the impact of its products is considered in the widest possible scope. We consider the environmental impact of everything from our webpage designer to our printers, from our promotional materials to our packaging, from our office operations to our shipping. We always substitute digital for paper whenever possible and recycle everything that we can.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The risks and challenges we face are many but minimal. Our biggest challenge will be ensuring an on time delivery. We know we can get the jean made. But if we have a supply chain problem like a weaving machine breaking or the washing plant boiler going down it may slow delivery time. This is our largest concern. However this is not our first rodeo and have worked with all of our partners on other products so we are extremely confident that all orders will ship on time.

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    STICKER PICKER - No pack of matches or hugs here! Pledge 2 bucks and we'll give you a 3x8 Dirtball sticker for you to slap on anything you want.

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    PATCHWORK - Pledge $5 and we'll send you a Dirtball patch to sew on anything you want. And just like everything else we make, it's made in the good ole U.S. of A. right down the road from us in Weaverville, NC.

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    DIRT SOCKS - Pledge $10 and you'll get a pair of our "Dirt Socks". These babies are made from recycled content yarn, and contain 2 recycled water bottles per pair. Its features include a seamless toe, padded heal and toe, arch support, vented top and a double welt to keep 'em ridin' high. Your choice black or white!

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    HAT TRICK - Rolling out of Missouri is our "Original Dirtball Trucker", the hat that started it all. The fabric is 70% recycled cotton and 30% recycled polyester while the mesh and bill are 100% recycled polyester. Who says you can't put six water bottles on your head and look cool.

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    TEE ME - Pledge $24 and you'll get the Dirtball Authentic and Recycled T. with fabric made and finished in "Th Old North State" (NC), and sewn together by our friends in South Carolina. The shirt fabric is 20 singles, 50% recycled cotton, 50% recycled polyester (6.5 water bottles per shirt) fabric and is side seamed, tagless label, a trim tab on the sleeve along with with a cover stitched collar and cover taped neck. This is no average t-shirt!

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    MARCO POLO - Pledge $44 and get one of our polos which is 100% made in NC from fabric to finish. It features 20 singles, 50% recycled cotton / 50% recycled polyester fabric (9 water bottles per shirt) a tagless label, self fabric collar, vents at the bottom and a trim tab on the sleeve. Your choice navy, carbon or white. Butter!

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    SWEAT IT OUT - Pledge $50 dollars and you'll get one of our awesome new sweatshirts. Just like all of our other stuff, this isn't your average sweat. It is a light weight (8.0 oz), 50% recycled cotton, 50% recycled polyester fabric made from 20 singles yarn, and contains 12 recycled water bottles . It features loose rib sleeves, over lock stitching and no rib at the bottom for a nice clean look. Your choice in pewter or navy.

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    THE HOOD - Pledge $55 and you'll get one of our pull over hoodies. Standard fit with loose rib at the bottom and loose rib cuffs with over lock stitching. It's made of 50% recycled cotton, 50% recycled polyester, 8.5 oz fabric and contains 12 recycled water bottles. Your choice pewter or navy.

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    PULL OVER HOODIE - Pledge $60 and you'll get one of our pull over hoodies. Standard fit with loose rib at the bottom and loose rib cuffs with over lock stitching and brass hardware. It's made of 50% recycled cotton, 50% recycled polyester, 8.5 oz fabric and contains 12 recycled water bottles. Your choice pewter or navy.

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    INTERNATIONAL HOODIE - Pledge $75 and you'll get one of our pull over or zip up hoodies. Standard fit with loose rib at the bottom and loose rib cuffs with over lock stitching and brass hardware. It's made of 50% recycled cotton, 50% recycled polyester, 8.5 oz fabric and contains 12 recycled water bottles. Your choice pewter or navy.

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    THE GREEN JEAN - Rigid - Pledge $85 and you'll get a pair of the Green Jean in rigid finish. The rigid finish is straight up old school selvedge style tough as nails. Relaxed fit cut. Denim is 11.5 oz, 71% cotton, 29% recycled polyester or 8 water bottles per pair!

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    THE GREEN JEAN - Khaki - Pledge $85 and you'll get a pair of the Green Jean in Khaki. Soft and supple brushed duck fabric. Relaxed fit. Duck fabric is 11oz, 70% recycled cotton, 30% recycled polyester or 8 water bottles per pair - 100% recycled fabric!

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    THE GREEN JEAN - Enzymed - Pledge $85 and you'll get a pair of the Green Jean with a enzyme finish. Soft and supple with a little aging thrown in. Relaxed fit cut. Denim is 11.5oz, 71% cotton, 29% recycled polyester or 8 water bottles per pair!

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    THE GREEN JEAN - Washed - Pledge $85 and you'll get a pair of the Green Jean with a washed finish. For those of you who don't like the hair on your thighs rubbed off. Soft and supple with a deep indigo blue. Relaxed fit cut. Denim is 11.5oz, 71% cotton, 29% recycled polyester or 8 water bottles per pair!

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    GREEN JEANS AND TEE - Pledge $100 and get a pair of the Green Jean (your choice of style) and a Recycled and Authentic T-Shirt.

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    INTERNATIONAL GREEN JEAN - Pledge $100 and you'll get a pair of the Green Jean in any finish: regular, rigid, khaki, and enzymed. Relaxed fit cut. Denim is 11.5oz, 71% cotton, 29% recycled polyester or 8 water bottles per pair!

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    GREEN JEANS AND POLO - Pledge $125 and get a pair of the Green Jean (your choiceof style) and a Polo (your choice of color)

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    TWO GREEN JEANS - Pledge $165 and get 2 pairs of the Green Jean in your choice of finish.

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    FOUR GREEN JEANS - Pledge $320 and get 4 pairs of our Green Jean in your choice of style!

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    THE ENTIRE BALL OF DIRT - Pledge $750 and get the whole kit and caboodle - 4 pairs of the Green Jean, 2 zipper hoodies, 2 pullover hoodies, 2 sweatshirts, 3 polos, 1 t-shirt, 1 trucker hat and 6 pairs of socks. You'll have kept enough water bottles outta landfills to start your own environmental movement. 128 16 oz water bottles to be exact!

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    THE DREAM - 50 pairs of the Green Jean in your choice of assortment plus 12 zip hoodies, 12 pull over hoodies, 12 polos and 12 tees. Your pick on size and color.

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    CLOTHES FOR LIFE - 75 pairs of The Green Jean in your choices of size and inseam plus 24 zip hoodies, 22 pullover hoodies, 12 polos, 12 sweat shirts, 24 pairs of socks, 12 trucker hats, and 36 t-shirts. You will single handedly stop global warming.

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