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Upcycled T-Shirt: Crafty Ideas and Recycled Tees

Why an Upcycled T-Shirt?

No matter how hard we try to save them, t-shirts don’t always last forever. It’s the time you fell riding your back, that morning you were in a rush and spilled coffee all over yourself, or it’s simply that wear-and-tear of constant use and washing. Whatever it is that ruins our wonderful, favorite tees, we can’t always stop it. But we don’t want to get rid of them. That’s why I’m here to help you turn that old tee into an upcycled t-shirt.

Upcycling is the process of taking something that essentially has no use left and giving it new life. A lot of people upcycle old cabinets or metal framing to create something completely new. And that’s the beauty of upcycling: You’re creating something new out of something you already love.


An upcycled t-shirt can turn into many things. It can turn into a headband, a pair of shorts, a grocery bag, a scarf. As long as it’s not a t-shirt, it’s being upcycled.

I’ve written about craft ideas before, but I want to highlight the difference between recycling and upcycling. Recycling means things go through a plant, they get broken down before being rebuilt into more disposable products. Upcycling is taking something with no use and giving it a new use without completely breaking it down. It still has the characteristics of what it once was.

If you’re not crafty, AMBRO Manufacturing has some products that might be right up your ally!

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Upcycled t-shirt

AMBRO Manufacturing has a variety or recycled and upcycled t-shrits to choose from. The t-shirt pictured above is an Anvil tee made out of 50 percent recycled polyester. But we don’t just have t-shirts made of recycled goods! Bags, hoodies, polos—let us know what product you’re looking for and we’ll help you find it!

When you are a consumer, consume wisely and choose recycled and upcycled products. AMBRO Manufacturing also has a recycled filtration system for a spray that goes on all of our inks, and we use soy-based inks in our process.

If you’re interested in our recycled tees, give us a call at 908-806-8337 or email us at Sales@Special-Ts.com. If you want to talk upcycling ideas, comment below! We’d love to hear what type of upcycled projects you guys are spinning!


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