T-shirt sale, to benefit "green" charity

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T-shirt sale, to benefit "green" charity

February 23, 2016

February 23, 2016

Laboratory Casual is a company that was started by two Arizona State University students who design science and conservation themed T-shirts and donate the proceeds to charity.

ASU graduate student Charlie Rolsky, and biology undergraduate Anna Guerrero, are selling a “See Turtle?” tee to raise money for charity - but they are only on sale until Feb. 29.  

“The group that we’re working with, they’re called the Plastic Pollution Coalition, it’s a huge plastic awareness group,” said Rolsky, who studies microplastics at the Center for Environmental Security at the Biodesign Institute, “Whenever we feature a shirt, we want the image to pertain to what they’re doing, so we came up with the idea of having a sea turtle made out of plastic pollution, so Anna drew this.”

The T-shirts are on sale for $18 each and they are generally on sale for one month before a new shirt design goes up to support a new charity.

In a previous sale, Guerrero drew a T-shirt design of Charles Darwin with cape and scepter on a throne, with “Darwinning” written underneath, and the money went to support a water conservation charity. What’s next for Laboratory Causal?

“Maybe we will work with Jane Goodall next, because Anna, my student, she wants to do a women in science thing,” said Rolsky.

Now, volunteers with the Plastic Pollution Coalition are helping science by sending plastic samples to Rolsky from beaches all over the world. These samples are being used to help him with his Doctorate.

“It’s funny, I just approached them to feature them on the website to sell this T-shirt, and now they’re coordinating our plastic,” Rolsky said.

Rolsky and Anupum Pant, graduate student at the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy are working on developing a way to identify and eventually track plastic in the environment.

“Microplastics are really small, so if someone sends it to you there’s not a lot that can be said about what it is and where it came from. But if we can develop a method to fingerprint them, and figure out where they’re coming from, then we can look at all sorts of things,” Rolsky said.


Written by: Ally Carr