Do you have loads of unworn T-shirts, perhaps stuffed in a drawer? Or baby clothes you can't bear to throw away, but have no practical use for? Step forward Too Many T-Shirts, a company that turns old – yet precious – clothes into blankets.
If you have dozens of treasured band T-shirts or babygrows, this Bristol business can hand-make a memory blanket out of them, giving them new life (and you a nice warm quilt). It currently has a stretch target on Crowdfunder, which will hopefully pay for extra machinery, staff and capacity in its studio, which will allow it to work with Bristol-based charity The Matthew Tree Project by running skills exchanges.
As well as supporting British crafts and manufacturing, Too Many T-Shirts says its approach saves textiles from landfill – where a stupefying £150 million worth of wearable clothes heads each year.
It also notes an often-ignored issue with donating clothes to charity: 'Of the clothes that you donate, 70 per cent are shipped overseas. Old and ill-fitting clothes undermine the local and traditional clothing markets of these developing countries. We can't continue just to pass on our problem or put it in a landfill'.
The brand says it intends to upcycle, repurpose, reuse and reclaim as many materials as possible and reduce offcuts too. So instead of sending your old Glastonbury tee to the charity shop or chucking it in the bin, snuggle up under a memory blanket instead.