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SustainU Launches T-Shirt Club for All 30 MLB® Teams

We’re thrilled to announce an extension of our licensing partnership with MLB® in creating a T-shirt club for baseball’s biggest fans! The MLB® T-Shirt Club by SustainU® features all 30 MLB® teams.

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“We want to give fans access to shirts with exclusive graphics you cannot find in stores or online,” said SustainU Founder and CEO, Chris Yura. “As a licensee of MLB®, we are very excited to launch the MLB® T-Shirt Club to provide another way for fans to interact with their favorite teams through the apparel they wear throughout the season.”

The T-shirt Club allows fans to “Wear the Season” with carefully curated shipments of officially licensed apparel arriving at their doorsteps throughout the year.

All SustainU® shirts are Made in the USA from 100% recycled materials, to create both amazing clothing & increase employment opportunities in areas of the country like Appalachia.

There are various levels of membership available through the T-shirt Club that determine the timing and quantity of shipments during the MLB® Season. Pricing ranges from $60 (The Lead Off: One shipment of two exclusive tees) to $240 (The Homer: Four shipments of five exclusive tees, one long sleeve and one fleece item).

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“The Triple” MLB T-Shirt Club package featuring the Chicago Cubs.

All apparel is printed with eco-friendly ink & officially licensed MLB® trademarks. A limited number of prints are made per graphic, per team to ensure exclusivity for fans.

MLB® T-Shirt Club by SustainU® packages are currently available through SustainU®’s MLB® T-Shirt Club specific website, www.mlbtshirtclub.com.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT SUSTAINU® AND THE MLB® T-SHIRT CLUB
SustainU® produces high-quality fan-wear, using fabrics made from 100% recycled materials that are manufactured in the USA to provide extraordinary comfort and wear, while reducing environmental waste and creating jobs in America. SustainU®’s mission is to use the platform of sports apparel for the creation of amazing clothing from recycled materials in areas of the USA that are poised for economic resurgence. For more information on the MLB® T-Shirt Club, visit www.mlbtshirtclub.com

SustainU and MLB Launch Line of Sports-Licensed Apparel, “MLB by SustainU”

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We are thrilled to officially announce our licensed partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) for our 2016 line of official sports-licensed apparel, MLB by SustainU.

We’ve been excited about this for quite some time, so keeping the official announcement under wraps has been difficult!

MLB by SustainU is now available on our Online Store and MLB.com/Shop.

This collection was designed for a generation of fans that advocate sustainability, outdoor conservation and other related social issues. Millennials tend to shop for clothing that reflects their ideals and individuality. Apparel can be an identifier of values, and team allegiances are shown in many colors and logos.

Graphics for all teams in both the National League and American League embody inspiration from fashion, millennials and outdoor adventure. A wide variation of styles are represented in the line’s following collections:

  • BRAND
  • ELEMENTS
  • CONSERVE/NATION (featuring REALTREE® camo)
  • IPA (Intentionally Produced Apparel)
  • MUSIC 

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Whether you’re a hardcore fan, casual fan or want to show off regional pride by wearing your team’s colors and logo – we’ve made styles suited for you.

In our initial research, we found that eco-friendly and/or sustainable options already out there were either too expensive or inaccessible to most sports fans. Furthermore, we discovered there are untapped retail distribution opportunities within the traditional sales channels for sports-licensed products, (for example, outdoor/adventure).

In 2011, MLB was already being green. MLB Green Teams collected recyclables during the World Series in Arlington, Texas. Therefore, we felt that sustainable product lines were needed within the professional sports industry.

Our MLB partnership to produce sustainable apparel further supplies an authentic canvas for their commitment to social and environmental innovation. Through the SustainU and MLB licensed partnership, fans will now have an option to purchase an affordable, accessible and tangible product, while also being able to embody their favorite team(s).

“MLB by SustainU” shirts are currently available for sale with vendors at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Wrigley Field, Busch StadiumBelow is an example of a display at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ.

SustainU-Fixture 2The video below of Cardinals Merchandise at Busch Stadium showcases the SustainU collection within their store (starting around 0:38).

To follow our story or see some of the upcoming designs, other teams we’re working with and more, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, or like us on Facebook! Give us a call at (304) 413-0416 with any questions you may have.

SustainU Clothing Provides A Made In USA & 100% Recycled Shirt Option For Inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship Game

SustainU, a leading producer of American Made, 100% recycled clothing, announces their collaboration with FMI as the exclusive shirt provider at this year’s first ever College Football National Championship.

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“We are excited to have the opportunity to provide a 100% recycled, USA Made garment at this year’s game,” said Chris Yura, CEO and founder of SustainU.

“We’re the exclusive provider for AT&T Stadium and other on-site venues. It’s exciting for our company that all of these products are coming from West Virginia to be sold during the National Championship.“

Beginning January 5th, nearly 20,000 shirts will be sent to Texas for the first ever College Football National Championship Game. In addition to providing SustainU brand shirts, the company was able to offer eco-friendly printing on other products as well.

Since the company began 5 years ago, individuals who have chosen to wear a shirt made by SustainU have collectively saved over 4.8 MILLION KG of CO2 EMISSIONS, 12,500 GALLONS OF AGROCHEMICALS, 284.8 MILLION GALLONS OF WATER, AND 100K GALLONS OF GASOLINE/PETROLEUM.

SustainU, Opportunity Threads and the Rebirth of American Textile Manufacturing

Companies Partner with Recycled Materials at Worker-Owned Cut and Sew in North Carolina

Molly Hemstreet has seen the up and downs of American manufacturing growing up in Morganton, North Carolina.

“Like many rural, North Carolina towns, our community was really decimated when the furniture and textile industries left,” said Molly Hemstreet, Co-founder and General Manager of Opportunity Threads. “But we saw this as an opportunity to rebuild and recapture the voice of the individual in the workplace.”

Founded in 2009, Opportunity Threads, is a full scale worker-owned, eco-textile cut and sew plant in the heart of South­ern Appalachia’s tra­di­tional tex­tile coun­try. “Most labor in Appalachia has tra­di­tion­ally been ten­u­ous and extrac­tive,” said Hemstreet, “We use a worker-ownership model to build assets, pay fair wages, and retain and grow cap­i­tal in our own local communities.”

Since 1994, the U.S. textile and apparel industry has lost over a million jobs to outsourcing according the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. The USDLS estimates that 25% of the remaining jobs will be lost this decade.

“We know how hard this sector has been hit. There are lots of people here in the U.S. who want to work and we are doing our best to make that possible,” said Yura. “When we discovered Opportunity Threads, and saw how the are empowering individual workers, we knew we had to find a way to do something together.”

“Partnerships with sustainability-driven companies like SustainU are key for our growth and rebuilding the manufacturing foundation of our country,” said Hemstreet. “And we are excited for the growing audience a company like SustainU provides for this new wave of American workmanship.”

Opportunity Threads is currently manufacturing 1000 units of the Alpha Wik performance shirt for SustainU.

“Our company is constantly looking for partners in our supply chain that share the same values that can also grow with our brand” says Yura.  “Opportunity Threads jumped out as being a quality cut and sew with an incredible story.”

The Clymb Previews SustainU’s Recycled, Made in USA Spring Collection

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Nov 15, 2012 – Morgantown, West Virginia – SustainU, a leading producer of clothing using fabrics made from 100% recycled materials that are manufactured in the USA, today announced that it will be previewing its Spring Collection with The Clymb.

“The Clymb caught our attention because of their drive to inspire adventure in people and deliver member-exclusive deals from premium brands. They are an innovative and cutting-edge company and their love for the outdoors and people is a great fit for us” said Chris Yura, CEO and founder of SustainU. “We are really excited to preview our Spring Collection with The Clymb’s 1 million-plus members.”

SustainU’s collection of men’s and women’s crew and v-neck graphic tees, a performance shirt and a pullover hoodie is made entirely in the USA and from 100% recycled material.

“The environmental and social impact of clothing is significant,” said Mike Wright, Senior Buyer for The Clymb “The fact that one shirt made from recycled materials can save over 700 gallons of water, a half a gallon of gasoline, 12 kg of CO2 is both incredible and significant. But we are just as excited about the social importance of what SustainU is doing; bringing jobs back to the U.S.”

Since 1994, the U.S. textile and apparel industry has lost over a million jobs to outsourcing according the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. The USDLS estimates that 25% of the remaining jobs will be lost this decade.

“We know how hard this sector has been hit. There are lots of people here in the U.S. who want to work and we are doing our best to make that possible,” said Yura. “When we discovered Opportunity Threads, a worker-owned cut and sew in North Carolina, we knew we had to find a way to do something together and so now they are sewing our Alpha Wik performance shirt that will be previewing on The Clymb.”

“Like many rural, North Carolina towns, our community was really decimated when the furniture and textile industries left,” said Molly Hemstreet, Co-founder and General Manager of Opportunity Threads. “But we saw this as an opportunity to rebuild and recapture the voice of the individual in the workplace. Partnerships with sustainability-driven companies like SustainU are key for our growth and rebuilding the manufacturing foundation of our country. And we are excited for the broad audience a company like The Clymb provides for this new wave of American workmanship.”

A selection of SustainU tees, performance wear and hoodies will be available in limited quantities for 96 hours on TheClymb.com beginning November 15, 2012.

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About The Clymb (theClymb.com)

For those who find their passion in the outdoors, The Clymb inspires human-powered adventure by delivering member-exclusive pricing on premium brands and experiences, hand-picked by our team of fellow enthusiasts and experts. Membership is free, allowing users to shape the community by inviting like-minded friends. The company is based in Portland, Ore., and was founded in 2009 by a seasoned team of outdoor and sport industry veterans. For more information, visit: theclymb.com

For media inquiries, please contact Britt Hermanski at 503.334.3565 or britt@theclymb.com

About Opportunity Threads (OpportunityThreads.com)

Opportunity Threads is a worker-owned, cut and sew plant based in Mor¬gan¬ton, North Car¬olina. We partner with innovative companies to create true triple bottom line impact- providing jobs and long-term economic advancement for workers, space for leadership development, and environmentally responsible practices in production. We value and pro¬vide qual¬ity, reli¬a¬bil¬ity and a per¬sonal rela¬tion¬ship with clients who want to know the story and face behind the prod¬ucts that they sell. We are proud to be part of the movement and the next generation or workers revitalizing the US textile industry.