A friend tweeted that I check out this online recycled t-shirt company called Teecycle, so I explored their website. If you are into t-shirts, this one’s for you!

The company buys gently used t-shirts and resells them online, donating $1 from each sale to restore urban rivers and trails for the River Rivitalization Foundation. Teecycle was founded in 2008 in Milwaukee by Tim and Jess Cigelske. They find the t-shirts from yard sales, thrift stores and as donations from friends. They sell ladies, mens, kids and even, dog shirts!

Just as in my challenge to not buy “new” clothes because of my budget and because of the impact in manufacturing new clothes, the company Teecycle also follows the same mantra. According to their website, “producing new t-shirts can have a negative impact on the environment and our waterways. That’s because every new t-shirt requires water. Producing just one new t-shirt from cotton field to store shelf requires approximately 713 gallons of water…the same amount of water used during 100 showers!”

The company also offers a monthly t-shirt subscription, where you can get pre-owned t-shirts on a regular basis, and you can set your perimeters for the type/size of shirt. For 6 shirts, you pay $45, which is $7.50 per shirt. For 13 shirts, you pay $80, which is $6.15 per shirt.

Hmm…how many t-shirts do I own? I counted and including the freebies from a recent conference weekend, my total comes to 87. I think I wear a t-shirt usually once a week, maybe. So I’m good for about two years then.

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Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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