It would seem counterintuitive to invent new products made from wood if there were already plenty of other materials you could use instead. Why cut down a tree if you can use cotton or synthetics? But if you think about it, if sourced responsibly, the wood used could actually help the environment rather than taking up room in landfills.
Vollebak is no stranger to using plants for its clothing. In the past, we’ve seen algae, hemp, and even blueberries in the materials for its sartorial goods. Now, the British brand has tapped the forest once again, making the first-ever t-shirt out of wood. Using a combination of eucalyptus pulp from sustainably managed forests and Icelandic seaweed, the Wooden T Shirt is also given a small bit of elastane for added stretchiness.
Safe enough to be thrown into the ground as compost after its run its course, the shirt’s utilization of wood isn’t just limited to construction, but colorization too. From a technology that spent two decades in R&D, the ink printed on top of the garment is made from black wood waste with the help of the U.S.-based firm, Nature Coatings.
Head over to Vollebak’s website to learn more and pick up your own Wooden T Shirt for $125.