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MLB® T-Shirts Made for Earth Day

The timing of Earth Day is perfect. It coincides with the start of baseball season, and, as a licensee of Major League Baseball®, the celebration of Earth Day provides the perfect platform to discuss how sports, eco-innovation and domestic reinvestment can create jobs and economic hope.

Sports have the unique ability to produce camaraderie and unify people around a common goal. A team T-shirt can create a conversation among fans, providing a medium for greater solidarity. At SustainU, we see how powerful team clothing can be and aim to create products that represent ideas and passions that benefit all fans.

We make more sustainable sports apparel for MLB® fans because we had a vision about how this type of business could provide greater opportunities to communities that resemble our own. From our headquarters in West Virginia, we work passionately every day to showcase how American manufacturing and eco-innovation is the perfect canvas for your favorite MLB® team.

MLB® T-Shirt Club by SustainU

We work with other small businesses in the United States, helping to bolster job retention and growth throughout our supply chain. Using a domestically centered, smaller transportation footprint saves fuel and carbon emissions, all while getting you a better product in a faster timeframe. We only utilize materials that are certified as 100% recycled content to make our products. This material saves fresh water that is desperately needed in so many farming regions, as well as fuel that is used to make petro-based materials (polyester), and helps divert waste from overcrowding our landfills.

The mode of operation of SustainU is two-fold, to create opportunities for areas that need economic resurgence, and to preserve vital natural resources. This unique combination in sports apparel creates amazing-feeling fan gear that is well suited for your team’s logo.

We are dedicated to making your next, new favorite shirt from 100% recycled, USA-made materials. We are confident you will see how our passion for more sustainable apparel creates something that you can be proud to wear.

Click HERE to join the MLB® T-Shirt Club today: https://mlbtshirtclub.com/

SustainU Founder and CEO,
Chris Yura

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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MLB T-Shirt Club by SustainU Logo

“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 & Bridge Day Mark 7th Series of Green Initiative T-Shirts

Since October 2009, we’ve been the proud producers of official Bridge Day West Virginia T-shirts!

One year later marked the first year that all Bridge Day official clothing was American made out of 100% recycled material. The event, which garnered over 100,000 attendants, was a giant success and all of the official T-shirts were completely sold out! Thanks to this partnership between us, Bridge Day was now more of a greener festival than it ever was before.

Fast forward years later to October 2016 – our 8th consecutive year collaborating with Bridge Day and the 7th year making the “Green Series Collectors Graphic”…and we’re more excited than ever to be a part of it!

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“It is always an honor for SustainU to provide Bridge Day with apparel made with American labor and recycled technology,” said SustainU CEO, Chris Yura. “West Virginia has tremendous natural resources and amazing people. Bridge Day is a great way to show off our incredible home state.”

Resources in West Virginia are some of our state’s greatest assets. By choosing our recycled apparel for official Bridge Day clothing, we’re working together to help fight and protect the conservation of these resources.

In 1977, when the famous New River Gorge Bridge was finished, it was at the time the longest steel single-span arch bridge and the highest vehicular bridge in the world. The bridge itself is a celebration of American hard work and craft, as well as the West Virginia spirit. The combination of this spirit along with the protection of our resources is what helps make this collaboration be a successful, sustainable and environmentally friendly event.

If you’re attending the event and would like to purchase official Bridge Day clothing, be on the lookout for our tents so you can stop by and meet us before making your purchase!

University of Notre Dame Student’s Wild and Wonderful Experience Through Summer Internship at SustainU

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SustainU Summer Intern, Madeline Hagan, from the University of Notre Dame

My internship with SustainU was part of a Social Enterprise and Microfinance Internship, through the University of Notre Dame. It sounds like a lot of business jargon but, at the end of the day, the goal is really just to see how we, as a society and as individuals, can use businesses to beneficially impact our surrounding environment.

Going into this summer, I was excited to work for a company who had recently partnered with Major League Baseball and was also developing potential partnerships with other professional sports organizations. I was confident that Notre Dame was going to send all of us interns to companies that constantly strive to be sustainable and socially beneficial, but the athletic aspect of SustainU is what really drew me toward them.

However, what made me enjoy working here the most was the work ethic of the people and their unwavering commitment. They pour their hearts and souls into this company, and opened their doors to both me and my dog, Casey, who quickly became the work “therapy dog.” If you’re reading this blog then you probably have, at least some, previous knowledge of SustainU’s mission to change the way clothes are made to improve the environment, reinvigorate America’s manufacturing sector and educate the world about how clothing can positively impact people’s lives. That summed up the extent of my knowledge about SustainU before I started working here. But, as is typical when you start living and working somewhere, I absorbed much more about SustainU than the mission statement as well as what makes it more than just another T-shirt company.

I now know how to use a tagging gun and folding machine, and how to pitch an idea, analyze the potential financial success of a project, navigate windy roads filled with potholes, and run to my car without any cicadas landing on me (which are less “Wild and Wonderful” and more “Eighth Plague of Egypt”).

I’ve learned the process behind a product, which I think is incredibly valuable both as a consumer and as an intern. Perhaps slightly less relevant, but equally spectacular, is the fact that I have gone on stunning hikes through some of the most ecologically diverse forests in the USA.

But, most importantly, I’ve experienced that regional change doesn’t happen overnight… It starts with an idea, which, in this case, turned into a small business and a group of people working to improve their home.

There are many misconceptions about Appalachia, many stereotypes imparted on those who live in the Appalachian region by the rest of the nation (myself included, before I actually lived here for two months). These stereotypes are a barrier, which SustainU is trying to bust through by sustainably supporting the Appalachian economy. I am very grateful that I was able to, at least for a small time, be a part of the efforts SustainU is making to change how America views both Appalachia and sustainable clothing. Additionally, I am thankful for everything I have learned and experienced this summer, especially for the opportunity to work side by side with so many incredible people. All in all, I would say the past eight weeks have indeed been wild and wonderful.