6 Legged Tees

A couple weeks ago, USA Today posted an article about how this warm winter could lead to a “bug bonanza” in the next few weeks. This includes our favorites like mosquitoes, which we typically don’t see until a little later in the year. Luckily for me, I just backed my friend Wenny’s Kickstarter project, 6 Legged Tees, a company that makes stylish insect-repellent shirts.

The shirts are made by American Apparel and are treated with built-in odorless, invisible insect repellent (Insect Shield) to help keep the bugs away from you without needing smelly, sticky insect repellent. This is perfect for that backyard barbeque, picnic, camping, or basically any outdoor activity where you might encounter insects.

You can learn more at the 6 Legged Tees website in their frequently asked questions section. If you like the idea (and want to get your own shirt), help to fund the project by going here.

If you have any questions about the shirts,post them in the comments and I’ll have Wenny stop by to respond. I’m looking forward to wearing my 6 Legged Tees shirt this summer! :)

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  1. #1 by charlene on March 5, 2012 - 1:00 pm

    Is it safe for cat owners?
    If permethrin washes off in the laundry, would it contaminate the laundry wastewater?

  2. #2 by Wenny on March 5, 2012 - 10:27 pm

    Thanks for the post Christy!

    @Charlene- it is safe for cat owners. Once permethrin is dry, it is tightly bound to the fabric and cannot be easily absorbed into a cat’s skin. Also, the amounts of permethrin used to treat the shirt are very small so each time you wash it, only small amounts come off. Then, that water goes through waste water treatment where any remaining permethrin would photodegrade. Permethrin does not have a long half-life and is readily adsorbed into soil so that it usually degrades there instead of contaminating aquatic ecosystems.

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