I saw an ad on facebook (yes, sometimes they work) and clicked a link to buy a ‘help refugees’ t-shirt. I’ve been getting into sustainable fashion recently and this sounded ideal. 100% organic cotton made in an ethically accredited wind-powered factory. The t-shirt comes from Rapunai, an Award-Winning eco-fashion brand from the UK.
The website is nice and has lots of information about the shirt including a feature called tracability. You can see where the cotton was picked, where the shirts are made, how it got to the UK and who prints them.
This all sounds very conscientious so I was surprised when the t-shirt arrived in a grassy green plastic bag. But wait, there’s a big yellow label that says it’s BIO-BASED - a plant-based recyclable bag. Genius I thought. Is this the answer to some of our plastic woes? Why isn’t everybody using these?
Well, it might not be the ideal solution I was hoping for. There aren’t any instructions on the bag so I did some research to find out how to dispose of it and i’ve opened a huge can of worms. It’s a whole other blog!
I’m going to leave this post on a positive note and celebrate all the good points. I like my t-shirt and it helped raise funds (and raises awareness) for refugees. It helped employ some people in India and the Isle of Wight and I got a hand-written message on my delivery note - that’s always nice. Now I have to go swat up on PLAs and PETs.