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Choosing a Better T-Shirt

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Your t-shirt could be hurting the environment and could be harmful to your family. Choosing a shirt printed with water-based inks solves both these problems.

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Anne F. (17)
Saturday September 4, 2010, 11:40 am
fewer shirts would help a lot.

Karin S. (24)
Saturday September 4, 2010, 11:42 am

Tony Hancock (0)
Saturday September 4, 2010, 11:48 am
I know what you mean Anne. I think there are enough shirts in the world floating around that we could all dress ourselves for years and years without needing any new ones.

Hannah Theresa Weyland (8)
Monday September 6, 2010, 1:08 pm
I never buy new tee shirts but get them from charity/thrift shops.When they are worn out,I cut a square from the front and back to hem as handkerchiefs and the remnant make good shoe polishing rags.

Catherine Turley (192)
Monday September 6, 2010, 1:32 pm
you can braid old t-shirts into a dog rope bone, although i haven't tried it yet.

Glyn P. (58)
Monday September 6, 2010, 2:03 pm
I also never buy new t shirts as we have an excellent thrift store nearby . Old worn out t shirts are great for polishing my truck .

Jo Balltes (44)
Monday September 6, 2010, 2:17 pm
Thank you very much for sharing x

Brandy M. (0)
Monday September 6, 2010, 2:42 pm
I was really pleased when a friend started her won eco-friendly screen printing business. You get the details of custom work and the piece of mind with healthier clothes.

chiari l. (2)
Monday September 6, 2010, 2:56 pm
wouldn't used shirts be even better?

Lynda H. (106)
Monday September 6, 2010, 6:09 pm
It's a good article, reminding us that small details can undo our efforts to do the right thing, damaging the planet and endangering our own health. We have to know so much these days!

Most new T shirts in Australia are made in China: they are full of formaldehyde, pesticide residue among other nasties, and they are likely to have been sewn with slave, forced, or exploited labour. So I buy locally produced, organic cotton, fair trade or second-hand. But I didn't know about the printing...

Christine Stewart (133)
Monday September 6, 2010, 6:39 pm
I try to not buy new t-shirts, socks, etc, until there are holes in them, and even then I still will wear them instead of buying pajamas, and darn the socks a few times to boot.

Agnes W. (152)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 4:14 am

wendy w. (47)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 4:47 am
I wear T shirts all the time, but never gave much thought to the printing. I'll be paying more attention from now on. Thanx for the heads up!!

. (0)
Tuesday September 7, 2010, 10:21 am
I like mine old, and used. Looking at the eco friendly shirts, and would like to try those. I don't shop at the big stores, or dept stores. I really don't like most the styles. I prefer simple, comfortable and unique clothes. Love the comments and tips in here too! Thanks everyone. I am going to try to make that recycled dog bone. I think you can weave recycled fabric into kitchen rugs too. My mom does that.
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