As a company, we continually strive to reduce our footprint and 2019 was no different for us! For example, we recycled 17,239 pounds of e-waste, decreased our water use by 2% across our home office and distribution centers, and as a result of our partnership with PrintReleaf we offset our paper consumption by reforesting 383 trees.
Additionally, our dedication to reducing our environmental impact led us to the exciting introduction of our new District® Re-TeeTM. Sustainability means working to ensure future generations will have the resources they need to thrive, which means we are looking for ways to conserve resources and keep materials out of landfills.
Our new, affordable District® Re-TeeTM is 100% recycled fabric and made from reclaimed material that would otherwise end up as waste. Composed of 60% recycled cotton scraps and 40% recycled polyester known as rPET (which is derived from used items such as plastic bottles), the tees are also not re-dyed. The color of each tee comes from its original cotton scraps and polyester yarn so it never has to be re-dyed.
Why is it important that the fabric is not re-dyed and is made of recycled fabric? By eliminating the water-intensive dyeing process and the need to produce new raw materials, we save loads of resources. We’re talking the equivalent of skipping over six weeks of showers or shaving 5.87 miles off your daily commute.