10 Things You Didn't Know About T-Shirts

1.)

Cotton has been grown for over 6,000 years.



2.)

The word "t-shirt" first appeared in the Merriam-Webster dictionary in the 1920's. Two other best-selling books during the same time period were Farewell To Arms and The Great Gatsby.

3.)

That's a lot of dough for some t-shirts!


4.)

In 1939 the first promotional t-shirt was printed for the movie "The Wizard of Oz".


5.)

"Absorbent" cotton will retain 24-27 times its own weight in water and is stronger wet than when dry.

Get you some of that polyester!


6.)

There are 35,000 cotton farms in the U.S. and 98% percent of cotton is grown in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.


7.)

T-Shirts made from recycled cotton prevent over five billion tons of textile waste from entering landfills each year.


8.)

Top 5 Cotton Producing Countries (2009)

China: 32 Million Bales

India: 23.5 Million Bales

United States: 12.4 Million Bales

Pakistan: 9.8 Million Bales

Brazil: 5.5 Million Bales


9.)

Annual Dollars Generated by Industry

Cotton: $25Billion

Candy: $17Billion

Jewelry: $7Billion

Music: $3Billion


10.)

It takes six miles of yarn to make one t-shirt.