One of the questions that I’ve struggled to find an answer to as I have continued in my slow fashion (turned slow-living) journey is what to do with the clothes that I really don’t want, and have no value to resell or gift to someone? I’m speaking primarily about the mountains of t-shirts that sit in my closet some of which are ten years old at this point. I don’t wear them, I turned a few with special memories into a quilt but I can only cut up so many to use as cleaning rags. Oh, and they don’t break down in a home compost, I tried. So all of those shirts have just been sitting in my closet waiting for a solution.
That solution came earlier this year under the name Marine Layer. Marine Layer is a San Francisco based clothing company. They’re primary line checked most of my boxes when it comes to buying new clothing. Their garments are ethically made. The company could be more sustainable but the pieces are such good quality that I can make them last for years. And they happened to be launching a line of 100% recycled t-shirts called Re-Spun.
I packaged up 11 shirts and sent them off (as many as could fit in the kits they send you). My closet feels so much lighter. They send you credit for the shirts you send in and I used that to get a couple of pieces first to get a couple of pieces before Re-Spun launched and then to get the Re-Spun tee you see in this post. Their stuff is unbelievably soft and the quality really could last for years if you care for it well.
But I can’t sing their praises without also mentioning some of the downsides I’ve noticed. While they use a ton of modal in their fabrics, they also use polyester and cotton, some of the least sustainable fibers out there. I also still haven’t figured out why they don’t just email a shipping label instead of mailing a whole envelope when people order the recycling kits. And their products are a bit pricey. Considering the quality, and the fact that Marine Layer uses ethical labor their prices are not unreasonable but they definitely aren’t in the range of what I as a college student could be paying regularly. In fact, except for the Re-Spun tee I bought all of the pieces I have from them out of their clearance section.
What is the strangest/oldest t-shirt in your closet right now? Tell me in the comments!
I bought all of these products with my own money and Marine Layer doesn’t know I’m posting this. However, if they wanted to sponsor a future post, I wouldn’t be opposed. Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great and even then, all opinions are 100% my own. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.