The Environmental Impact of Your T-Shirt

by : admin

Do you know the true impact of a single t-shirt? The World Wildlife Fund has named the fashion industry as the second most destructive industry in the world. In acknowledgement of earth day, we wanted to share the impact of a single t-shirt on the environment and what US Blanks is doing to reduce our footprint.

  • It can take 2,700 liters of water to produce the cotton needed to make a single t-shirt. 2,700 liters is how much water the average person drinks in 900 days.
  • Most cotton farms are located in the Americas (U.S), China, India, Uzbekistan. Once the cotton leaves the farm, the distance it travels around the globe can be astounding when you consider

➡️ Transportation to a textile mill ➡️  Transportation to a cutting/sewing facility ➡️  Transportation to a printer/finisher ➡️  Transportation to the company producing the shirts ➡️  Transportation to individual retail stores in order to reach an end consumer

  • Take a deep dive into more facts about how your t-shirt can make a difference on the National Geographic site HERE.

At US Blanks, we take pride in being a vertical manufacturer. Our apparel is made in the USA from start to finish. By adhering to this promise, our goal is to significantly reduce energy used by transporting garments.

We also continue to look for fabrics that have less of a carbon footprint. We stock our basic Ts in 100% Organic Cotton and have invested in producing t-shirt options in a 100% recycled material called recover®. We are proud to be a part of the recover fashion revolution.


  • Producing a recover t-shirt uses 1% of the amount of water of your average cotton T. recover® saved over 42 billion liters of water in 2016.
  • recover recycles RPET bottles to create their fabric – saving 45 plastic bottles per shirt.
  • 10-20% of all textiles in fashion industry are estimated to be waste. Up to 95% of the textiles that are landfilled each year could be recycled. The recover textile system upcycled over 2.8 million kg of textile waste in 2016.
  • Recover fabric uses a unique blend of 50% recycled textile waste and 50% RPET bottles. PET is 100% recyclable and can be used for new textile products. 70% of PET bottles are not recycled, ending up in landfills or oceans. Recover upcycled over 4.3 million RPET bottles in 2016.
  • Recover also uses no added dye to produce the brilliant colors of their shirts. This significantly reduces any chemical usage.
  • So, how does recover do all this? Learn more HERE.


This week, to celebrate earth day and introduce our customers to the recover fashion revolution, we are offering 25% off recover styles…find them HERE.