Screen printing, embroidery and the rise of recycled material in custom clothing may not seem like an obvious subject for an article, but it’s an area that we’re watching with real interest. We love what we do here at Fifth Column. Making high quality printed and embroidered products is our passion. How we make them, and what they’re made from, is just as important. So, we thought we’d put together some great examples of recycled merchandise. New items made from recovered materials.
A lot has changed since we sold our first hand-printed t-shirts outside those London punk gigs. The world is a very different place. One of the big changes is the clothing that we customise. These days, ethically acceptable merchandise is a real consideration, but making sustainable choices sometimes depends on the choice being there in the first place. Thankfully, organic cotton has become firmly established as an option within our industry.
Items made from recycled materials are also beginning to be more widely available. It’s a trend which might be set to grow. After all, when global brands like Nike and Adidas are manufacturing football kits from recycled bottles, it shouldn’t be any surprise that recycled blank tees, hoodies, tote bags and jackets are making an impression in the customised market. We think turning old bottles and cotton off-cuts into waterproof tops and t-shirts that you can cherish is a great idea.