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We're committed to keeping as many textiles out of landfills as we can.

Re-Spun is how we make this happen — it starts with our tee recycling program and ends with our commitment to using recycled materials across our entire line.
Old tees diverted
from landfills.
New styles made with
recycled materials.
More Re-Spun styles
than last year.
Read a letter from our founder

Oh hey,

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.

- Mike

Our Tee Recycling Program
We’ll take in your old tees and turn them into recycled cotton.)
Our Re-Spun Products
Anything made with 30% to 100% recycled materials.
Meet the Materials
Recycled Cotton
Made from breaking down old tees our community donated.
Recycled Poly
We melt things like plastic bottles and spin them back into fiber.
Recycled Nylon
Made from post-industrial fabric waste and post-consumer fishing nets.
Get Involved
Help us keep textiles out of landfills.
Give us your old tees
(Any kind will do)
Get $5 credit per tee
(Up to $25 but no limit to donations)
Your tees get a second life.
(We’ll recycle that yarn into a ton of new styles)
Pretty good answers to your really good questions.
Are you still accepting old tees during COVID?

Yup! Send ‘em our way.

What kind of tees will you accept?

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.

Where are you sending them?

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.

Are all Re-Spun products made from our old tees?

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.

How long will you be collecting shirts?

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.