Too Many T-Shirts

Our Story

After a few years of University, plenty of sports team trips and t-shirts, the wardrobe was full. Each t-shirt a memory of a good time, sporting achievements and time well spent with friends.

What happened next, nothing... Those t-shirts sat in the drawers for a few more years. Then, the t-shirt blanket was created! Early in 2017 we started Too Many T-Shirts.

In 2018 we were backed by 319 supporters to raise 163% of our Crowdfunder target, this has helped us expand and serve hundreds of happy customers!

Too Many T-Shirts commit to reducing waste wherever possible. Upcycling and repurposing rather than wasting. We support UK manufacturing - they’re hand-made here in Bristol.

The t-shirt blanket, memory blanket, t-shirt quilt. Whatever you like to call it is a nostalgic way to celebrate the memories, and good times behind your t-shirts. A perfect graduation gift or way to memorise your sporting or concert t-shirts.

We knew the process of parting with your precious t-shirts would be difficult. To make it as easy as possible every blanket includes our postage kit. It's everything you need to design and prepare your t-shirts. We’re offering a competitive alternative to traditional, normally very expensive quilting. Instead we offer something more accessible, customisable and simple!

Simon - Too Many T-Shirts


1% For The Planet - Think Global

We've teamed up with 1% For The Planet. We'll be giving away 1% of all our sales to environmental causes. Think global.


Made in Britain - Act Local

Your blanket is hand-made in the UK. We pay ourselves the Real Living Wage. Buying from UK suppliers and happily serving the whole of the UK. Thinking local.


The Planet Mark Start

Certified with The Planet Mark Start. Helping businesses have a positive impact on society and the environment.

Too Many T-Shirts | The Planet Mark Start

Material Lifecycle

So what happens to Too Many T-Shirts' offcuts, and the rags from my t-shirts?

Too Many T-Shirts | Material Lifecycle

We're aiming for a zero waste ecosystem where everything finds another purpose. We want to reduce what's reclaimed to electricity and make more upcycled products.


Environmental & Social Commitments

Upcycling Vs. Giving

  • Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Re-purpose (Upcycle), Recycle

We should always considered wastage in that order. So reusing (giving / donating) your clothes should be a priority over re-purposing? Yes?

It's not as black and white as that, and there is more to the reality of donating your clothes.

In the UK an estimated 70% of what we donate, via charities, clothes banks etc. is shipped overseas. The international second hand clothes trade equals £2.8bn.

So first there is the carbon footprint of the shipping these second hand clothes.

Where does it go then? Poland, Ghana, Pakistan, Ukraine, Benin, Kenya, Hungary, Togo, and others.

Whilst giving your clothes to these less developed countries may seem charitable, there are more downsides. Our second hand clothing is often worn, inappropriately sized for the local people, and worse sold for so cheap. This cheap clothing undercuts their own economy and traditional clothing productions.

In Dr. A. Brooks book - "Clothing Poverty". Textile and traditional clothing production dropped 80% in Ghana from 1975 - 2000.

Too Many T-Shirts | Upcycling vs giving

Consider the full afterlife and journey of your clothes. We believe upcyling forms part of that process - it is local with lower airmiles. Reducing economic and environmental impact on these developing countries.


Too Many T-Shirts Ltd.
A4 Pithay Studios
All Saints Street
Bristol
BS1 2LZ
UK
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