Upcycling of shirt #6 | Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We are on a journey to upcycle 100 t-shirts and make it a green statement, this is t-shirt #6, a collaboration with Cindy from CINNIG! We can’t wait to share the result, and why she made it: As she described perfectly herself:

T-shirts are perfect for messaging. I wanted to have the design itself communicate what this ‘make 100 shirts a GREEN STATEMENT’ project is about. Which is: stop buying fast fashion. Let’s face it. Textile production is an estimated 10% of global CO2 emissions making it one of the largest polluters in the world. Buy only clothes which are ethically produced and of good quality so you can wear it for years.

How did you upcycle a t-shirt?

The hardest thing about the great initiative from ForKeeps was to find an old white T-shirt which I could use to upcycle. Over the last year I had used all to practice, no T-shirts left in the house which didn’t have already a print on it! In the back of my closet I did find an old white tank top dress which I never wear so this had to be it.

After finishing up the design in Illustrator I made it ready for the plotter so it could be cut out of flex-foil. As it is a detailed design the weeding (removing of the parts you don’t want to be printed) went a bit problematic but hey, practice makes perfect. Laying it under the heat press for some seconds and here you go, a fantastic new tank top dress with an impactful message.

What did you make?

The design shows wildfires and floods that are increasingly occurring due to global warming; the tree is on fire, the Lotus flower is washed over. The Edelweiss between the teeth of the skull is threatened with extinction. But in the skull there is still yin and yang, the sun and the moon. The solution to these problems is simple: ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’.

If you buy new: buy conscious

I’ve also printed the design on the supersoft feelgood T-shirts of Stanley / Stella. Dark blue on white is great but also have a look at the effect of white on black! You can order the T-shirt at cinnig.com or Etsy, use code FORKEEPS for a discount of 10%.

But as we are promoting upcycling here, I wouldn’t want to seduce you into buying a new T-shirt if you already have too many. That’s why I also made the design available as a free download on cinnig.com. Sign up for the newsletter on the homepage and you will receive a link for the svg file in the welcome email.


Read more?

Want to know more about Cindy? Read here or check more designs of CINNIG on the Instagram. And if you want to order your own custom made & sustainable t-shirt go to the website of CINNIG.

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