It’s simple really. We take something. Then we make it better by recycling.

PLAYBACK’s recycled cotton T-shirts and sweatshirts are made from collecting post-industrial cotton scraps and plastic and glass bottles and sorting them by color. They are then broken down into fiber form and paired with other fibers (recycled cotton or polyester, depending on what we started with) to add softness and durability. The fibers are then re-spun into yarn and knitted into PLAYBACK t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies. We’re not talking about a solar-paneled suit or pants made out of leaves, we’re talking about clothes you actually want to wear that happen to help the environment.

Did you know:

  • 4 million tons of textile waste are discarded each day.1
  • Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour.2
  • The average American throws away about 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per year.3
  • Cotton production accounts for 25% of the pesticide used in the world.4
  • To grow enough cotton for one 250g cotton t-shirt it takes 300 gallons of water.5
  • You would look hot in our clothes.*

1. "Don't Overlook Textiles!" 1997. Council for Textile Recycling. 11 Jan. 2008
2. Clean Air Council (2006), Waste Reduction and Recycling:Waste Facts and Figures. Retrieved from
3. Factsheet. Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association. Council for Textile Recycling. 2008. Retrieved from
4.Allen Woodburn Associates Ltd./Managing Resoures Lt., "Cotton: The Crop and its Agrochemicals Market," 1995.
5. American Crop Protection Association, "1997 Total U.S. Sales by Crop Protection Product Type and Market," 1998 ACPA Industry Profile
* Research Pending