Last Bottle Clothing, a Public Benefit Corporation, is launching an innovative new line of apparel, consisting of shirts made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Uniquely, the shirts are 100% recyclable, as well. The production process is carefully planned to eliminate plastic pollution and fossil fuel use – and the resulting recyclable shirts are truly pristine: soft, breathable, and versatile garments to be enjoyed and used for years. At the end of the shirts’ useful lives, they can be sent back to Last Bottle Clothing to be recycled into new shirts. Our manufacturing procedure creates a 100% sustainable, closed-loop process.
Each of Last Bottle Clothing’s shirts consists of, on average, thirteen 500mL recycled plastic bottles. The plastic used for the shirts is crushed into tiny pellets, melted and woven into polyester thread and then knitted into a lightweight jersey knit fabric. Fabric is then cut into patterns, and sewn into 100% recycled shirts. The process not only reduces plastic pollution and fossil fuel use, but also eliminates much of the need for freshwater and known pesticides/ fertilizers associated with natural and organic cottons. The finished product is a lightweight, breathable t-shirt that uses 500 times less water than a traditional cotton shirt.
“Our goal,” says Last Bottle Clothing co-founder Stuart Wood, “is to provide a comfortable shirt, with performance wear characteristics like moisture wicking and odor control, to our customers while at the same time, do everything within our power to reduce the catastrophic impact of plastic pollution. We’re going to make the cleanest, least polluting shirts on the planet and revolutionize the apparel industry in the process.”
Co-founder, Justin Koehn, takes it a step further, “Our entire process is built around recycling, conservation, and serving as a Public Benefit Corporation. Everything we do has to first meet our strict environmental and social criteria. Our product is made within a 85-mile radius in the Carolinas, minimizing the carbon footprint of our apparel while creating American manufacturing jobs.”
We can't wait for you to wear these shirts! Several of our backers asked what the fulfillment timeline would be. We estimate having your shirts to you in June, 2017! We've put together a timeline estimation below for fulfillment to our backers.
Risks and challenges
We've spent the last 15 months building out our supply chain to make certain that we are able to deliver a quality product while ensuring our shirts can be recycled into new apparel. While we are very confident in our suppliers, we have also built relationships with backup suppliers in case there are any production issues.
The largest risk to our fulfillment timeline would be a much larger than anticipated demand. This might lead to short-term capacity issues with our suppliers. If this were the case, rewards may need to be fulfilled in phases due to the need for multiple production runs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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