We all grab a cup of coffee to power through a sleep-deprived Monday morning. However, Sundried has taken this one step further by combining caffeine and the gym in the form of a workout T-shirt. The young triathlon brand has been known for its ethos, and this is yet another commendable step it has taken.
Coffee has more benefits than just giving us a boost in the early hours. It is a natural odour blocker, naturally antibacterial and a UV blocker. So the next time you forget to bring your deodorant along, Sundried’s got you covered. If you still aren’t impressed, you should probably also know that coffee fabric dries 200 times faster than cotton. Just throw those clothes in the dryer and you’re good to go for the next morning’s sweat-session.
So how is the garment actually made?
The idea of converting used coffee grounds into clothing dates back to 2008. The Taiwanese Singtex Industrial Company started collecting waste grounds to turn them into sportswear. The fabric product is soft, light, flexible and breathable, perfect for an intense cardio or muscle building exercise reps. Another element incorporated is “active” carbon, which protects the material from the sun while adhering to sweat to keep that body odour in check. The unnecessary coffee grounds that would otherwise accumulate as food waste are processed in a low-temperature, high-pressure environment to make yarn, which is then woven into a high-tech fabric. Here’s a fun fact: only three cups of recycled coffee grounds is enough to make a T-shirt.
Green and stylish
Sundried has always been committed to staying eco-friendly through green manufacturing methods while providing stylish activewears to customers. The Low Carbon Innovation Fund inspects the company regularly, resulting in policies and guidelines to ensure a minimal carbon footprint in its productions.
Written by: Sumichhya Gurung