Here it is. The news we’ve all been waiting for. Just when you think the trend for oversized tees can’t get any bigger, along comes this. The world’s largest T-shirt, officially adjudicated by Guinness World Records.
The ridiculously enormous tee comes in at 108.96 m/357.48 ft long and 73.48 m/241.08 ft wide, the size of a rugby pitch. Why’s that important? Because that’s where it was put for its grand reveal. All four tons of it. Unveiled in Bucharest, Romania at the “Arcul de Triumf” National Rugby Stadium in front of a crowd of 1500, the T-shirt features a design based on the Romanian flag, similar to the one seen on the national team’s jersey.
So, why are we interested in it? Because it’s made from a staggering 500,000 recycled plastic bottles. In just over three weeks, half a million bottles were collected and recycled into the material which makes up the T-shirt. It took seamstresses a month to sew it together and the great unfurling took a whole day.
Now that the record’s been set, this T-shirt isn’t going to be folded up and put into a wardrobe. No, instead, it was deconstructed into 10,000 different items of clothing and donated to underprivileged children.
The three organizations that took on the challenge, Asociatia 11even, Kaufland Romania and Federatia Romana, did so to encourage the public to recycle more. Maybe if you know your plastic waste is going to break records this big, you might be more inclined to recycle it properly.
For other big moves in the world of sustainable materials, check out this list of our favorite new Earth-friendly innovations.