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The Short History of the T-shirt

The first known use of t-shirts is dated back to 1913 and the Spanish-American War, in the beginning, used by the U.S. Navy as underwear garments. Later during World War II, t-shirts became frequent to see veterans wearing t-shirts as a part of their uniform pants in a casual way.  However, the t-shirts real breakthrough happened when Marlon Brando wore white tees in the youth rebellious movie from the 1950s «A Streetcar Named Desire». Back then, Jean introduced as a part of the new fashion uniform for generations of youngsters. 

The t-shirt became soon Jean’s twin brother, even though, due to the rebellious films starring Brando and James Dean. The uniforms were last seen by their parents as the work of a devil and even in several states banned from being worn in college. Due to this, tees popular increased ten folds. Ever since then t-shirt has remained its position as pop culture fashion icon #1. Worn today by not only rebellious bikers, outsiders, film stars but everyone.

Conventional T-shirt Facts

  • The first known use of t-shirts dated back to 1913 and the Spanish-American war
  • Worldwide yearly production: 2 billion
  • Weight t-shirt gram: 113 –198 (4-7. Oz)
  • T-shirt travels kilometre: +1000
  • Cotton cost per t-shirt: $0.4
  • The average American owns: 35 t-shirt
  • Cotton in a t-shirt: can come from over 60 different farmhouses

T-shirt Lifecycle Steps Cotton Production – Fabric – Weave – Consumer – Use – Recovery

Conventional Cotton Facts

  • 1 kg cotton can produce roughly 6 average quality tees
  • The average American has about 35 tee shirts
  • It takes approximately 1.3 kg of lint to produce 1 kg of cotton yarn
  • 1 kg cotton can produce roughly 6 average quality tees
  • Cotton occupies 4 per cent  of the cultivated land in the world
  • Roughly 12 per cent of total pesticide use worldwide
  • Roughly  25% of insecticides worldwide
  • Water footprint – depending on how much it rains between 5000 – 25.000 litres of water needed to produce one kilo of cotton

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