Every t-shirt tells a story. A life story. Which is why t-shirts are such a ubiquitous part of the American wardrobe. Whether it’s to remember a favorite vacation, a bar where you met your best friend, a concert by your favorite group, your college, a championship game, or your first 10k, a graphic t-shirt commemorates a significant event in our lives.
Because so many memories are attached to our t-shirts, they are hard to give up, resulting in stacks of them (washed, folded, and forgotten) in our closets. That is until it’s time, with some regret, to put them in the trash – where they end up as landfill.
Project Repat has found a way to preserve these memories by turning the t-shirts and sweatshirts that celebrate life’s milestones into custom made quilts.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner and graduation a few months away, a t-shirt quilt is a unique and sentimental gift idea to celebrate a couple’s love or a graduate’s achievement. Placed at the foot of a bed, it can celebrate romance or ease a new college freshman’s homesickness.
By creating a new life for one’s old t-shirts, Project Repat is also keeping them out of the landfill. The statistics are surprising. The average American trashes 65 pounds of clothing per year. In fact, 5% of all trash on Earth is comprised of used textiles.
In addition to being “green”, Project Repat is an American Company employing American workers. According to their website, “Repat” is short for repatriating textile jobs back to the USA. The t-shirts that you buy used to all be made in the United States, but since the early 1990’s big companies have chased cheap labor and lax regulations overseas, where they pay their workers less than a living wage. We want to turn all those t-shirts that were made overseas, into fair wage jobs here in the USA. And they have done that, with 2 manufacturing facilities in the United States.
What better way to celebrate your partner, friend, or child than by gifting them with an earth-friendly quilt made up of memories.
Ordering a quilt is easy. Project Repat does much of the work for you. Click here to learn more and to order your quilt.