Our Sustainability Pledge: Fighting Climate Change & a Brighter Tomorrow
THS and our Commitment to Sustainability
That Hoody Shop's (THS) commitment to fighting climate change and reducing our carbon footprint is an essential part of our mission as a clothing brand.
From the start, we pledged to do better and be better. The ways in which we have made a difference include:
- Zero waste in manufacturing
- No warehousing of product
- Utilizing the print-on-demand production model
- Producing and shipping as close to the end consumer as possible
- Choosing print providers who use recycled base fabrics and environmentally-friendly inks
All of this is good for the environment but does come at a high financial cost. Because we don't mass produce and only cut & sew when ordered, we don't have economies of scale like the big box stores. What does this mean? We don't qualify for any discounts as we're not purchasing in bulk. We also don't have surplus products that end up in landfills either.
So, if our prices seem high or unreasonable to some, they're not.
Fighting climate change: Lower carbon footprint
Nearly half of the world’s clothing is made of polyester and Greenpeace forecasts this amount to nearly double by 2030. Why? The athleisure trend is one of the main reasons behind it: an increasing number of consumers are looking for stretchier, more resistant garments. The problem is, polyester is not a sustainable textile option, as it is made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the most common type of plastic in the world.
In short, we are wearing clothes that come from crude oil. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has called for drastic actions to keep the world's temperature from rising more than 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, and this means we need a major shift in how our society operates if it wants any chance at survival!
Reducing Landfill & Ocean Pollution
A crucial advantage of using recycled polyester over virgin polyester is the reduction of bottles in landfills. Plastic bottles are reused in the fiber production process of recycled polyester. This upcycling, in turn has major benefits for reducing contamination of the earth as well as water and air pollution. This also means reduced use of petroleum which is used in the creation of virgin polyester.
Recycled polyester results in huge energy savings (of up to 45%) during the fiber production process compared to virgin polyester. Choosing recycled polyester over its virgin counterpart also means a 20% reduction in water consumption and 30% less CO2 emissions.
Time for a change
At THS, we care as much as you do about the world we're living in. Therefore, we have been working hard behind the scenes to scout out and make use of on-demand print providers who are just as dedicated in making the switch from virgin polyester to recycled polyester for the majority of our products.
There is a small downside to this major change and that is related to the cost of recycled polyester fabrics compared to virgin polyester fabrics. One reason is that virgin polyester is produced in much higher volumes. But, international demand is growing and that will help with making recycled polyester price competitive in the long run.
The following products are being made using these 100% recycled polyester fabrics. SEE items here.
- Baseball Jersey
- Baseball Jersey Dress
- Cropped Baseball Jersey
- Eco-Poly Cargo Joggers
- Eco-Poly Joggers
- Compression Athletic Shorts
- Running Shorts
- Hoodie Dresses
- Long Pocket Skirts
- Stretchy Phat Bellbottoms
- Cropped Short Sleeve Sweaters