We're committed to keeping as many textiles out of landfills as we can.
than last year.
When I started Marine Layer about 10 years ago, the goal was the make the best shirt we could… and not go out of business. Adam and I (and the rest of the crew) have spent the majority of the last decade worrying about those things. And in the process, we’ve managed to build a great brand and a tremendous community of supporters.
But as we gained a better understanding of the apparel industry and its negative impact on the environment, it became clear that we had to do more than just make great clothes and not go broke. We need to figure out a way to be part of the solution.
Over the year we tried lots of things (including a hideous recycled t-shirt bag) but struggled to figure out how to make a substantial positive impact. Turns out, our fatal flow was not coming up with a solution that involved our customers. That’s why we’re so excited about Re-Spun. It’s the only recycled program around that leverages the incredible power of our community.
Thanks to everyone who has participated. And to everyone who read this far down in our message.
Yup! Send ‘em our way.
We'll take pretty much anything, but cotton tees are ideal. The only thing we can't recycle is activewear fabric — the spandex is hard to break down.
Spain, where our partner factory is. They've been recycling fabrics since the '40s, when they were looking for a solution to the textile shortage caused by WWII. And they're one of the only places in the world with this technology.
We still use your old tees, but some products require more technical recycled materials than recycled cotton. So, we’ve started sourcing more recycled materials from other organizations.
Forever. (Or at least until we go out of business.) But seriously. We want Re-Spun to be a core part of what we do —and collecting t-shirts is just the beginning. We're working hard to expand the recycling program to other kinds of products. Stay tuned.