WMEAC is committed to hosting an event that aligns with our mission. This year, as a part of this effort, WMEAC and the Ottawa County Grand River Cleanup Committee have decided not to give away free t-shirts as we customarily have. However, if you’d like to have a t-shirt to commemorate this great event, please order your t-shirt today!
This year we have decided to purchase t-shirts with a 5% PET blend (recycled plastic bottles) and are therefore not 100% cotton. Due to the large amount of water that it takes to produce a cotton t-shirt (700 gallons!) along with the large amounts of pesticides (25% of global insecticide usage goes to cotton) used to grow the cotton, and not to mention the impacts on freshwater resources when runoff from cotton fields occurs, we have decided to avoid purchasing 100% cotton t-shirts for this event.
Traditionally, we estimate the number of participants that will attend one of our clean ups and order enough shirts to make sure each of those people can receive one. If we’ve promised free t-shirts, we want to follow through on that promise! However, estimating participation is an inexact science. As a result, our recent clean ups have produced a vast surplus of shirts, and regardless of process or material, too many t-shirts are a waste of resources. After donating boxes and boxes of extra t-shirts to Goodwill recently, we decided we needed to make a change in practice.