This is a rare opportunity for you to wear a shirt made from water and Mountain Dew bottles that is actually comfortable. Local company Savage Apparel Co. has the technology and skill to produce fabric from recycled plastic bottles.
Savage Apparel Co. is officially greening its production process with a switch to fabric made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The Savage GreenLine includes the apparel company’s fully sublimated jerseys and shorts, reversible tanks, hooded jerseys, and tank tops. Seventeen recycled bottles go into the creation of one medium-sized jersey.Savage worked with a partner mill in North Carolina to create a proprietary fabric specifically for their customers’ needs. It’s lightweight, sweat-wicking, comfortable, antimicrobial, and sublimation-friendly. It’s also rated UPF 50+, the highest level of UV protection you can get from clothing.
From bottle to jersey, the GreenLine fabric stays within a 250-mile radius between the plant that creates thread from recycled bottles, to Savage’s partner mill where it’s knitted into fabric, to a finishing house, to Savage headquarters in Richmond, where the company prints, cuts, and sews every sublimated garment they sell.Loyal Savage customers may not immediately notice a difference in the fabric, but the feel has been subtly improved. The knit of the GreenLine fabric is slightly tighter, giving it more durability and that increased UPF rating. The fabric also gets a SILVADUR wash, a special antimicrobial ionic treatment that essentially helps wearers stay fresher, longer. They finish it off with a softener to give it an ultra-comfortable feel.Savage has also taken this opportunity to improve the fit of their jerseys, working with the in-house design team to make our garments more true-to-size with an athletic cut that fits a wider range of body types.Savage plans to eventually transition all of their products to the GreenLine fabric in the future in an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and create a more sustainable business model.