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Dirtball Debuts Recycled, Made-In-USA Apparel

Dirtball Fashion LLC, Hickory, N.C., has introduced a 100-percent recycled cotton/polyester, Made-in-USA men's apparel line.

The company notes that recycling pre-consumer cotton reduces labor and land needs for cotton cultivation, and helps reduce landfill waste by five billion pounds. For every three billion recycled plastic bottles that go into its apparel, Dirtball saves more than half a million barrels of oil and cuts 400,000 tons of harmful air emissions. For every 100,000 T-shirts produced, fresh water usage is reduced by 916,000 gallons.

The Dirt Short, made from 25 16-ounce plastic bottles recycled into polyester fabric, also is recyclable — worn-out shorts may be returned to the company to be reprocessed into polyester fiber.

September/October 2013