Gildan Unfurls World’s Largest T-Shirt at CMA Music Fest, But is it Green?

by , 06/13/11   filed under: Eco-Fashion News

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Gildan Activewear smashed a Guinness World Record on Saturday when it unveiled the world’s largest T-shirt at Country Music Association Music Festival in Nashville. At roughly 170 feet wide and 262 feet long—nearly the size of a football field—the gargantuan topper is the equivalent of 12,000 standard-size tees, the same number of shirts Gildan will donate to Keep the Music Playing, a CMA-affiliated charity that promotes music education in Nashville schools.

So tell us, is Gildan's giant T-shirt haute or not?

  • 71 Votes HELL NO! What a pointless waste of resources.
  • 29 Votes HELL YES! It's large, in charge, and completely unexpected.

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GRAND GESTURE

But despite the impressive feat of engineering, which took place in Utah from fabric manufactured overseas, the T-shirt comes at an alarming price—one that hardly justifies its novelty. It takes one-third of a pound of pesticides and up to 2,000 gallons of water to produce enough cotton for a single shirt, according to the Natural Resources Defense Fund.

The titanic tee likely used about 3,600 pounds of pesticides and 24,000 gallons of agua to make.

The footprint of this titanic tee (minus fuel and human costs)? About 3,600 pounds of pesticides and 24,000 gallons of agua. No word on the final fate of the record-holder. It’s not exactly the Jolly Green Giant’s color.

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2 Responses to “Gildan Unfurls World’s Largest T-Shirt at CMA Music Fest, But is it Green?”

  1. TeeshirtmanNC says:

    Gildan is not even an American Company – I heard they moved to the Caribbean to avoid US taxes…

  2. Hotfoot NY says:

    Yes it is a grand gesture, and anything that continues music programs for children is worth the cost whatever it may be. Don’t forget people almost everything we eat and drink daily is either full of chemicals or has been treated with them while growing.

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