The US Environmental Protection Agency reports that 13.1 million tons of textiles were generated in 2010, representing 5.3% of the total municipal solid waste generated. With this Grassroots campaign, you can help reduce waste by sending in old T-shirts to Project Repat, whose staffers will cut them into square-foot swathes, sew them together, and return them to you as an upcycled blanket. Choose from the following options:
- $42 for a 3'x3' blanket using 9 T-shirts (a $55 value)
- $45 for a 4'x3' blanket using 12 T-shirts (a $60 value)
- $49 for a 4'x4' blanket using 16 T-shirts (a $65 value)
- $53 for a 5'x4' blanket using 20 T-shirts (a $70 value)
- $57 for a 5'x5' blanket using 25 T-shirts (an $80 value)
- $61 for a 5'x6' blanket using 30 T-shirts (an $85 value)
Customers must pay to ship their T-shirts to Project Repat’s Boston location, but shipping of the final product is included. Shipping enough T-shirts for a 3'x3' blanket from California to Massachusetts typically costs around $12.
Project Repat repurposes excess clothing into functional accessories including blankets, scarves, ties, and bags. While reducing waste from textiles, the business also creates living-wage jobs for American workers, including those with disabilities. Each blanket sold represents two hours of fair-wage work. Project Repat typically collects T-shirts from individuals, universities, and manufacturers, and then sends them to NuPath, a nonprofit that provides a network of day services and residential housing for people with developmental disabilities, autism-spectrum disorders, and acquired brain injuries. Participants in NuPath's programs transform the T-shirts into freshly constructed accessories, and then send them back to customers.
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Project Repat gives excess clothing second life, preserving T-shirt memories and creating living wage jobs for American workers–including those with disabilities–in the process. The business collects T-shirts from various sources and repurposes them into functional accessories for real people, such as blankets. Customers enjoy upcycled products that lack nothing in the comfort department: blankets, for instance, are backed with high-quality, USA-made Polar-Tec fleece.
all about preserving the memories embedded in t-shirts and helping customers connect on an emotional level...each is one-of-a-kind.Kaley Sweeney, Dig Boston, 4/9/12
struck on a unique way to honor old duds, while paying a fair wage and lessoning the environmental impact of discarded clothes.Paul Smith, Triple Pundit, 4/6/12