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Recycling Old Event T-shirts

Clever and creative ways to get rid of old event t-shirts.

Clever and creative ways to get rid of old event t-shirts.

So the charity golf tournament has come and gone, but you still have several hundred T-shirts left over. The question remains as to what to do with all of that extra merchandise? Well, we have a few tips to offer in that regard. Some of these are creative, some are practical, and a few will net you some brownie points with environmentalists and charities. Take a look at what to do the next time you are stuck with a load of outdated event T-shirts.

Donate Them. That’s right, simply give them away. If you are a major corporation, then this is probably the best idea. It will give you the biggest bang for your buck. The giveaway can be written off as a charitable contribution, and charities like Goodwill, and the Salvation Army often have great retail thrift stores to place the merchandise in. Most people like buying these types of T-shirts to use while they are cutting their grass, working on their house, or sweating it out at the gym. It keeps them from ruining their nicer clothes.

Reuse Them. That’s right, there are all sorts of ways you can reuse old event T-shirts. For instance, at your next event, use the extra T-shirts as an additional gift. Simply tuck them in the gift bag and let the participants score an extra bonus. Chances are they won’t mind that the shirt carries last year’s date on it, particularly if it is being used for the same event. Most will probably be thrilled to get an extra T-shirt, and you can use that as an additional marketing point in your event promotion.

Kid Aprons. Find a local Montessori school, or kindergarten class that is known for letting kids be creative. Old event T-shirts make perfect smocks and paint aprons to keep little hands, feet, and outfits clean. The school will thank you for the donation, and you can probably get a tax write off for it as well. Plus, parents will be grateful that their kids come home without paint or gunk all over their nice clean clothes.

Sell Them. That’s right, why not make a little bit of scratch off of the shirts? You might need a little bit of prep work for this one though. Before you have the event, let participants know that T-shirts are available-for-sale to friends and family members at a cut rate. Most people will take advantage of the deal, especially if their loved one is participating in it, and this is also a great way to help you get rid of extra event inventory if you fear it will be lying around for months to come.

All of these ideas are great for helping you thin out that stack of T-shirts that has been accumulating in the back office store room. The next time you have an event, keep these ideas in mind and you will be well on your way to minimizing that pile. The ideas above are much better alternatives to throwing the shirts away. Nothing is gained by that. Also, recycling or donating the T-shirts is such an easy way to go green that there is really no reason not to try. Get clever and creative, and see what other ways you can come up with to make a difference with your event T-shirts.

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