Three Days Left To Support The 50 Jacket, Made Only From Recycled Water Bottles

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Dirtball has only three days left to reach its $15,000 funding goal

The 50 Jacket

Because The 50 is made entirely from recycled materials and is able to be recycled into new fabrics for more clothing, Dirtball leaves virtually no carbon footprint from manufacturing the jacket.

Dirtball launched a Kickstarter campaign one month ago with a goal of raising $15,000 to fund the production of its newest eco-friendly clothing item, The 50 jacket. The 50 is manufactured using a closed-loop system and made entirely from recycled plastic water bottles: water bottles are ground down to shavings and melted to a material nearly identical to the polyester that is regularly used to manufacture clothing. The 50 is then produced from this polyester and shipped out to consumers. When consumers have worn out their jackets, they can send them back to be ground down to shavings for new fashions.

2 million plastic bottles are used in the U.S. every 10 minutes and 1 billion plastic bottles end up in U.S. landfills every year. By using recycled water bottles to produce its clothing, Dirtball prevents thousands of additional bottles from going to waste. The closed-loop manufacturing system takes it one step further, ensuring that The 50 jacket is 100% eco-friendly.

“The closed-loop system we have developed for The 50 jacket is the first of its kind,” says Dirtball founder Joe Fox. “Because The 50 is made entirely from recycled materials and is able to be recycled into new fabrics for more clothing, Dirtball leaves virtually no carbon footprint from manufacturing the jacket. We’re confident people will send back their jackets to be recycled because we’re offering incentives such as discounts off of future Dirtball purchases.”

In return for supporting the crowdfunding campaign, Dirtball is offering backers several different rewards in addition to The 50 jacket which is offered at a discount. Backers can pledge $75 or more and receive the eco-friendly Green Jean, which was successfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign last year. Rewards start at just $3.

Dirtball separates itself as a company because of its dedication to the American economy and the environment. One reason Dirtball refuses to manufacture its clothing items outside of the US is to sustain local manufacturing jobs. By manufacturing the clothing close to home and reducing shipping distances, Dirtball also cuts down on carbon emissions that companies would normally be creating.

To learn more about The 50 jacket and to support Dirtball, visit http://bit.ly/The50KS before the crowdfunding campaign ends on November 7th.

ABOUT DIRTBALL

Founded in 2008 by Joe Fox, former professional racecar driver, entrepreneur and North Carolina native, Dirtball constructs eco-friendly apparel and gear for active individuals – cutting across age and gender lines. Dirtball only uses recycled materials in their products and all products are designed and produced in the United States the majority within a 250-mile radius of headquarters. Not only does the recycled content add to the ecological-friendliness of the company, but the U.S.-based manufacturing arm adds to the local economy and shortens shipping distances, thereby reducing Dirtball’s carbon footprint. To learn more about Dirtball, visit http://www.dirtballfashion.com.

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