Shirt store looking for eco-friendly designs

THUNDER BAY, ONT. — If you are a student and have an artistic idea for a message about environmental protection and sustainability, then Ungalli Clothing Co. challenges you in its T-Shirt Design Challenge.

Whether it’s quotes or doodles, paintings or sketches, the Ungalli team wants to see it all.

“We want to see what sustainability, caring for the planet, and being changemakers means for kids,” said Hailey Hollinsworth, co-founder of Ungalli. “Oh, it’s definitely not going to be the best artwork we’ve chosen. It’s going to be the most inspiring entry we’ll see.

A Challenge Teacher’s Kit is available to all participating classes to help teach students about sustainable clothing, including the process of turning recycled bottles into Ungalli t-shirts.

“As a company dedicated to sustainability, we think it’s really important to not only create campaigns like this that inspire kids to get involved in environmental action, but also to get them to inspire action by doing something about it, creating change and understanding that you can do it no matter how small you are,” she said.

“You can really make a difference at a young age, so we think it’s really important to get them to have that mindset early on and know that they can do anything and make a difference in the world.”

The idea for the t-shirt challenge started with visits to local schools to talk to classes about the different initiatives students and school learning environments can do.

Bree Hollinsworth, co-founder of Ungalli, said young people understand the world and what we need to do better than “half the adults” she talks to.

“The education part is so important to us,” she said.

“It’s really important and it’s taught in their schools. We actually worked with a few local teachers and came to their schools. We wanted to base (the project) on something to do with education. . . not just giving information to people. . . we actually wanted to make it interactive. So we came up with this artistic challenge.

It’s really easy to participate in the challenge. Simply create your artwork, photograph it and submit it via email to [email protected]

A winning design will be selected by the Ungalli team, printed on their recycled T-shirts and sold in store and online. The winning artist’s school will receive a portion of the proceeds from all t-shirt sales to support a sustainability project of their choice.

The deadline for submission is May 22.

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Laura J. Boyer