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.
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.