Human activities are largely responsible for damaging the environment. From the industrial revolution to technological advancements, we have seen a resulting spike in global warming, climate change, pollution, and other environmental issues.
These environmental issues disrupt the entire ecosystem, affecting animals, people, and the planet.
As humans, we have a responsibility to become more conscious of our behavior and lifestyle, raise environmental awareness, and protect the planet for future generations.
A simple way to raise environmental awareness and educate the public is to put on t-shirts that promote an environmental cause, from everyday wear and especially on days dedicated to promoting environmental matters.
This article will look at our selections of some of the best environmental t-shirts that promote awareness of the environmental issues we face.
Related: For more standard fare, check out our article on some of the best brands producing eco-friendly & sustainable t-shirts from organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, and other sustainable fabrics.
Here’s a selection of inspiring t-shirts from independent artists and sellers featuring environmental issues, phrases, and slogans.
These tees come in various themes and designs to raise awareness and speak up on various environmental matters like animal rights, and protecting trees, and the oceans.
Materials: Vegan-approved organic cotton
Sizes: XSmall - XXLarge
We can attribute much of the waste on the earth to plastics. Plastic pollution impacts several areas, including wildlife, humans, and the environment.
As plastics break down, they turn to microplastics which find their way to lands, the air, and water bodies. When marine animals ingest these microplastics, it causes changes in genes, disruption in feeding behavior, inflammation, and even death. In humans, they can penetrate the skin or our food leading to hormonal changes and developmental disorders.
Plastics are also harmful to the environment, as they pollute the lands, air, and sea, causing climate change.
Related: Check out some of the top plastic pollution facts for more info on this issue or some of the best plastic pollution quotes highlighting the importance of addressing our global plastics problem.
Materials: Organic cotton, water-based ink
Size range: XS-3XL
Every year, humans cut down millions of acres of forest for various activities, including paper production, large-scale farming, oil mining, and all other industrial benefits. In fact, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the world has lost about a billion acres of forest since 1990 (this is mainly in Africa and South America).
Removing trees causes the loss of animal habitat, leading to wildlife and biodiversity extinction. People living in forest areas also depend on them for income and subsistence.
Related: Read up on our compilation of deforestation facts for more info, or check out some famous deforestation quotes to be inspired by what others say.
Visibull makes this t-shirt with 100% organic cotton grown in GOTS standard plantations. The white ink design is water-based and free of toxic materials. It is also biodegradable.
Each tee is handmade in what was historically known as the Forest of Feckenham and comes in unique variations of print pressure and ink.
Julian Bull, the founder of Visibull, highlights the importance of trees to the environment. He refers to them as the lungs of the earth. He reveals how trees look on the inside when cut at the cross-section through his designs. Perhaps it could indicate the extent of human intervention and stress?
You can get this t-shirt in various sizes ranging from XS-3XL. To avoid waste, the designer prints each of them to order.
Materials: Ring-Spun Cotton
Materials: Premium quality cotton
Size range: XS-3XL
These unisex t-shirts from ALLRIOT speak on the rising ocean levels and take their stand to ‘rise up and defend the planet.’ The brand highlights how climate change has resulted in spreading deserts and rising temperatures. This t-shirt reminds humanity of the dangers of staying on its current path.
Made from semi-combed ringspun cotton, this high-quality t-shirt is soft and comfortable for your general everyday use. They come in varying sizes ranging from XS-3XL. You can also get them in more than one style. If tees are not your thing, you can opt for other options like hoodies, tank tops, and sweatshirts.
All products from ALLRIOT are earth-friendly and vegan-friendly. The brand also offers 365-day returns for your unworn t-shirt. Returns are free for the customer located in the USA and UK.
Materials: Organic Cotton
Sizes: Small - XXXL
Materials: Cotton & handmade
Sizes: S - 3XL
Size range: S-3XL
These tees, designed and sold by Martine Meeka, are super comfortable for your everyday use but come with a powerful message “There is no planet B.”
It reminds us to protect our natural environment. It reminds us of the responsibility we have towards creating better earth. If we don’t stop activities that harm the earth and take steps toward dealing with plastic waste, pollution, and other environmental issues, we won’t have a planet in the future. They come in various sizes, from S-3XL. You can also get them in more than one color.
Materials: GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
Sizes: XS - 2XL
Size range: S-2XL
Made of 100% combed cotton and ring-spun cotton, this printed t-shirt is soft and comfortable for everyday use. The shirt comes with a catchy slogan, “Don’t be trashy,” and a recycle symbol that emphasizes the need to recycle products as much as possible. They come in varying sizes from S-2XL, which you can view on the site. They also come in different colors you can choose from.
Sizes: XS - 3XL
This may be the perfect t-shirt to create bee awareness if you are a bee lover. Bees are excellent pollinators and are essential for producing food crops both for animals, humans, and the planet.
Related: Find out why bees are essential to biodiversity and learn more about these amazing creatures in our rundown of bee facts and bee quotes.
Materials: 100% preshrunk cotton
Size range: S-3XL
Made with 100% organic cotton, these t-shirts are soft and comfortable. They can also be the perfect gift for garden lovers, vegans, or friends who love bees.
Materials: Cotton, handmade
Size range: XS-3XL
This super soft and comfy t-shirt comes in 100% cotton. This unisex shirt is well-fitted, featuring a crew neck and contoured side seams for a stylish look.
Its simple but powerful message, “Planet not Profit,” passes a message to business owners to prioritize the planet's well-being over their desire to make a profit.
To care for these t-shirts, the brand recommends you wash them in a gentle cycle and low tumble dry.
If you live in the USA, you will receive your order within 6-10 business days. International shipping (outside Canada and USA) will take 15-30 business days.
Our human activities have a damaging effect on our natural environment. Everyone needs to improve their environmental awareness and ensure that the earth is a safe space preserved for future generations.
An essential component of environmental awareness is activism. You can use the t-shirts you wear to help promote environmental awareness and show how passionate you are about mother earth.
Jen’s a passionate environmentalist and sustainability expert. With a science degree from Babcock University Jen loves applying her research skills to craft editorial that connects with our global changemaker and readership audiences centered around topics including zero waste, sustainability, climate change, and biodiversity.
Elsewhere Jen’s interests include the role that future technology and data have in helping us solve some of the planet’s biggest challenges.