When the co-founder of Project Repat was doing non-profit education work in Kenya, he noticed that a lot of Kenyans were wearing unusual T-shirts, such as one that read “I Danced My Ass Off at Josh’s Bar Mitzvah”. Realizing just how many shirts get shipped to Kenya by American non-profits, Josh looked to ‘repatriate’ (or return to the country of origin) this clothing and raise money for East African non-profits. With 5% of the trash on Earth being used textiles, and 65 pounds worth of clothing being trashed by Americans each year, Project Repat is on a mission to upcycle T-shirts and keep them out of landfill by making them into quilts. Starting in the summer of 2012, Project Repat has now made over 60,000 custom T-shirt quilts. Project Repat is also proud to keep textile jobs in the USA and provide American designers, cutters, and sewers a fair living wage.