When you see a tag that says, “Made in Vietnam” do you automatically put the garment down and look for something else to support the U.S. economy? If so, you might want to rethink your purchasing habits. From concept to completion, the process to make a t-shirt is a global effort that fuels economies both local and global. The appeal of a comfortable cotton tee is universally appealing—it’s only fitting that the manufacturing process is internationally appealing as well.
It Starts at Home
The United States is the top cotton exporter worldwide. American cotton farmers plant the seeds that eventually grow upwards of 7 billion pounds of cotton annually. The cotton is then spun and tested by the USDA to ensure its quality. The money made from exporting cotton to other countries supports local farmers and puts money back into our domestic economy.
Once the cotton is spun and dyed, it is exported to different countries. Whether you prefer the snug fit of a junior-cut tee or the roominess of a relaxed-fit tee, chances are it was cut and sewn outside of the United States. The majority of t-shirts are manufactured in one of the following places:
• Hong Kong
Coming Full Circle
The finished product is then shipped back to the United States. Check out the interesting infographic below to learn more about the journey this globetrotting garment makes before it hits the racks of your favorite local boutique.
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