My (unstated) mission lately has been to find more sustainable and/or eco-friendly and/or locally and/or ethically-made alternatives to “basics” and popular fashion items. I started with the Madewell Transport Tote, and have featured denim and workout wear that is made in the US, and now I am pleased to tackle the white t-shirt. Either you love them (I do!!!) or you hate them, but I don’t know many people who don’t need at least one or two in their wardrobe, so this week I’m going to feature my favorite sustainable alternatives to the basic white t-shirt. (but of course I don’t mean basic, boring, I mean basic, interesting!)
I’ll start with this “lazy tee” by Groceries Apparel, which is a wonderful alternative to the rayon T by Alexander Wang tee that’s been a blogger/fashion-girl staple for a few years, for good reason. I have a long sleeve white T by Alexander Wang tee and I love it, it’s indispensable for layering in cooler weather, mostly because it’s long and fits nicely over my hips/butt.
This Groceries Apparel Lazy Tee is quite similar (here’s a long sleeve version on sale), although it’s a little thinner. (and since Everlane’s long-sleeve ryan tee is similar to the T by Alexander Wang tee, it’s also similar, but I found Everlane’s version to be slimmer at the hips and sized up so it would be more drapey. It also has dolman sleeves, so not as easy to layer). It drapes similarly (it might be a little shorter), and feels heavenly. I will wear this mostly as a layering piece, under sweaters and cardigans as it gets cooler, and with leggings since it’s long enough to cover my ass.
My only “issue” with it is that it’s not blindingly white, which I generally prefer and am used to. I’m guessing it’s not white white, because they’re eco-friendly, and use more natural dyes/no bleach, but I can’t find any evidence of that. If that’s the case, I’m okay with it being slightly off-white, and it might be a nice change from my usual WHITE WHITE layers.
The company, Groceries Apparel, is small LA-based company that uses sustainable materials like hemp, organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled cotton and Lyocell to create useful and interesting basics. They have a nice selection of items online at Rodale’s, which is where I got my tee (they have the long sleeve version in black and white in size large on sale).
*This tee is sustainable because it incorporates a blend of 95% Lenzing Lyocell (TENCEL) – along with 5% spandex (which isn’t ideal, but I suppose it was necessary in this case?):
TENCEL® is the lyocell fiber from the house of Lenzing. It is of botanic origin, since it is extracted from the raw material wood. Fiber production itself is extremely ecofriendly, due to the closed loop system. …Textiles of TENCEL® are more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen.
Later this week I’ll be looking at white v-neck tees (another by Groceries and one by Alternative). Do you have any brands to recommend? Or specific items you’d like me to review?