Eight Empty Bottles Transformed Into One Cool Shirt

Eight Empty Bottles Transformed Into One Cool Shirt

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Eight Empty Bottles Transformed Into One Cool Shirt


By Cari Martens

That old 2-liter ginger ale bottle you just dropped off at the recycling center could end up as part of the shirt on your back.

A company called 8bottles turns eight recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles into a handsome 100% Post-Consumer polo shirt. The firm’s tagline ‘8 bottles saved = 1 shirt made’ pretty much tells the story.

According to the 8bottles Web site, its unisex shirt is the only pure recycled polo with no post-industrial fiber or added dyes—just people-powered technology. The 8bottles people hand-sort and clean bottles, then transform them into microfiber moisture-wicking fabric. They say the shirt feels like silk, is colorfast and easy to wash. The natural green color comes from those recycled bottles, so it’s green both figuratively and literally.

The 8bottles people note that Americans go through 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour, and that if all those were recycled, 8bottles could potentially make 312,500 shirts an hour. Then they point out that it takes up to 700 years for a plastic bottle to decompose in a landfill.

8bottles was founded by husband and wife team Robb and Lucy, when Robb’s stepdad, Jim, whose family runs a 100-year-old textile mill, introduced them to Alex, a manufacturing partner who figured out how to make high-quality yarn using only recycled bottles.

The shirts are sold on the 8bottles Web site for about $40 with a money-back guarantee. The company even uses recycled packaging.

For more information, you can visit the 8bottles Web site.

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