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Recycled T-shirts and sportswear
100% recycled clothing and sportswear made from plastic bottles and recycled cotton. With retail quality production as standard, some of the UK’s biggest brands and organisations trust A.M. Custom Clothing. Here’s why you should too.
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From day one of business it’s been our focus, it's in our DNA.
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Over 35.8 million plastic bottles are consumed in the UK alone every day. We’re striving to find innovative ways to recycle them, helping to prevent them from ending up in landfill or our oceans.
Custom Recycled Workwear
In a world where consumers and employees are placing greater importance on brand values and sustainability, there has never been a better time to consider moving over to more sustainable choices for your workwear.
Sustainability isn’t a trend, it’s the future.
Using recycled plastic in your workwear is a fantastic way to demonstrate your commitment to your ESG and CSR values in a very genuine and visible way. Our wholesale recycled clothing is perfect for workwear, with lightweight, durable and breathable fabric, ideal for labour-intensive roles.
If you’re looking to go all-in on sustainability, our organic clothing range is also a great option, with an incredibly wide selection of options.
It takes 5-6 plastic bottles to make one of our RPET recycled technical t-shirts or running vests. As a result of this innovation our fabric suppliers have recycled 14.2 billion plastic bottles so far, alongside avoiding 385 million kilograms of CO2.
Custom Recycled Merchandise
Whether it’s merchandise for a team event or products to stock in your store, recycled custom T-shirts are a great option. With low minimum orders and huge capacity, no job is too big or small.
Due to the high recycled polyester content in our wholesale recycled T-shirts and hoodies screen printing, transfer printing and embroidery are the best decoration options. These processes deliver the best results with simple designs, such as a logo or simple graphic.
If you’re looking to have a full colour photograph or similar printed onto your garments, our organic product range is more suitable.
Recycled Custom Sportswear
We know that you need products that perform well, without costing the planet. It’s this mission that has lead to the creation of our 100% recycled rPET custom clothing and sportswear ranges.
We have two options of recycled sportswear to cater for your needs. They are made-to-order recycled sportswear and standard recycled sportswear. Our bespoke made-to-order products are created from scratch, these are perfect when you require all-over print coverage. Our standard recycled sportswear, is our pre-made range which can be customised with your logo or design through print or embroidery. Our recycled sportswear products are lightweight and breathable, making them perfect for sportswear.
Made-to-order recycled sportswear vs. standard recycled sportswear. What is best for you?
To help make your decision a little easier, we have broken down the benefits of each option so you can see which range is best for your needs.
Bespoke made-to-order recycled sportswear
Through pioneering Qwick-Dri™ technology combined with a super-flyweight composition, we’ve been able to deliver the UK’s highest standard of recycled sportswear and activewear, ensuring a comfortable fit that performs in the most demanding conditions. To the naked eye it looks the same as our market leading standard bespoke sportswear.
- Only suitable for all-over print coverage
- Sublimation printed
- Longer lead time (6-8 weeks)
- More expensive (££)
- Includes technical T-shirts, running vests, cycling jerseys and more.
- Minimum order 25 (photo examples can be provided)
Standard recycled sportswear
Our recycled sportswear products are made from a combination of 100% recycled polyester and regenerated cotton yarn (the exact composition varies across the range). Our recycled polyester is manufactured using post-consumption plastic bottles, and the cotton yarn is derived from cotton waste from the cutting room, which is normally destined for landfill.
Our market-leading processes allow for a soft-hand feel ensuring optimal comfort. This combined with the sports fit and lightweight breathable fabric ensures you can perform at your best without environmental compromise.
- Best suited for placement prints (max print size 297mm x 400mm)
- Screen printed or transfer printed
- Quick lead time (around 2-3 weeks)
- More economical (£)
- Includes technical T-shirts, recycled hoodies, sweatshirts and more.
- No minimum order
The benefits of using recycled plastic and regenerated cotton include:
This is a completely dry process – meaning there is no need for further dying.
Reduces the amount of waste going to landfill.
Avoids the CO2 emissions associated with growing and processing new cotton.
Reduces the amount of land needed to grow cotton.
Reuses plastic that would have otherwise ended up in landfills.
Our wholesale recycled clothing products
We stock a wide range of recycled clothing options, below are some of our most popular product categories.
Recycled polyester sportswear environmental impact and transparency
Recycled polyester provides a great way to improve the environmental impact of your sportswear. Recycled polyester is an incredible innovation for recycling plastic bottles, and another step closer to resolving the plastic crisis. However, from an environmental perspective, it’s not 100% perfect as garments still generate microplastics during washing.
Microplastics are one of the unavoidable issues with ANY form of sportswear made from synthetic materials, recycled or otherwise (polyester, nylon, acrylic etc).
In some instances sportswear is essential (if you’ve tried running an obstacle course race with a cotton hoodie in winter you’ll fully appreciate this), and when it is, recycled sportswear is a great option. However, if it’s not essential, we’d recommend using one of our organic cotton T-shirt options which are made from a natural material that doesn't generate microplastics.
If you’re unsure on which option is best for you, your article on organic cotton vs recycled polyester is a great place to start.
Frequently asked questions about recycled T-shirts & sportswear
Sportswear is typically made from synthetic fabrics like polyester, which is a human-made polymer. In short, these fabrics are a type of plastic.
With industry giants like Tecnon Orbichem estimating that more than 98% of future fibre production will be synthetics, it’s critical that we look towards sustainable options. One of these options is recycled polyester, through recycling post-consumption plastic bottles and regenerated cotton, we’re able to create a more sustainable type of sportswear, ensuring that when polyester sportswear is required, it’s as sustainable as possible.
Organic cotton is great for the recreational athlete. If you’re a career athlete, or competing in events like obstacle course races (OCRs) or a triathlon, where quick-dry fabric is essential, then recycled polyester is likely the better option.
The answer to whether organic cotton is better than recycled polyester really comes down to the use case and your requirements.
If you’re running a triathlon then quick-dry recycled polyester garments are likely the best option, however, if you’re just using them for a casual fun run, organic cotton is perfectly suitable. If you’re unsure on which option is best for you, your article on organic cotton vs recycled polyester is a great place to start.
When it comes to recycled T-shirt printing, dye sublimation (for bespoke made-to-order sportswear only), screen printing and digital transfer printing are the best options for recycled polyester.
For something to be certified as organic or Fairtrade it needs to be grown from a plant, like cotton. As polyester is a synthetic human-made fibre, this isn’t possible. Recycled polyester is the most eco-friendly form of polyester.
Yes, you can buy our recycled polyester T-shirts wholesale. Our standard sportswear is printed and shipped from our UK facilities. Our bespoke made-to-order sportswear is manufactured overseas.
Whether you need custom recycled T-shirts, or even recycled hoodies, a number of our products are certified by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the largest animal rights organisation in the world. We have and always will care for people, animals and our planet, however, through PETA certification you can rest assured that your sports T-shirts are also Vegan certified.
Our most popular vegan certified recycled sportswear products are:
If you want to find out even more about recycled clothing and sportswear you may find the following blog posts a good place to start.