Advantages of our 100% organic t-shirts (PETA Approved Vegan)

Since September 2017, we are offering Econscious t-shirts made exclusively of organic cotton, bringing you eco-friendly products manufactured with the highest possible environmental and vegan standards, in combination with our 100% organic and vegan print inks. Our organic cotton is also GMO free and certified by USDA and GOTS. Moreover, the t-shirts are certified vegan by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

 

Why Organic ? Here are the environmental benefits of organic cotton

Source: In 2014, Textile Exchange commissioned a Life Cycle Assessment on organic cotton and found significant, measurable environmental benefits compared to conventional.

 

Organic and vegan certifications

Our organic t-shirts are certified 100% organic and approved by the USDA under strict production and labeling requirements, including annual inspections by the certifier. The cotton is also certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Control Union (SKAL). Cotton clothing is only organic if it is certified to an organic cotton standard – we guarantee no greenwashing!

Shop without being complicit of animal cruelty – Our organic t-shirts does not use any animal derived fibers and are not tested on animals. Econscious, the manufacturer of our organic products, has partnered with PETA Approved Vegan to get certified 100% vegan and approved by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

 

Our eco-friendly printing inks are also certified vegan and organic.

 

Cotton facts – how non-organic cotton is destroying our planet

  • 20,000 liters of water is needed to produce a single t-shirt, according to WWF. 73% of global cotton harvest comes from irrigated land.
  • Cotton covers only 2.4% of the world’s cultivated land but uses 24% of the world’s insecticide and 16% of pesticides.  Cotton is considered the world’s most polluting crop due to its heavy use of pesticides, according to Rodale Institute and WWF.
  • Cotton agriculture is the second dirtiest industry in the world, second only the oil industry, according to Ecowatch.
  • 77 million cotton workers suffer poisonings from pesticides each year. Growing cotton is a toxic business; it uses a lot of pesticides – putting in peril the lives of women, men and children in cotton farming communities. According to the World Health Organization up to 20,000 deaths each year are caused by pesticide poisoning in developing countries. In the US alone, more than 10,000 farmers die each year from cancers related to such chemicals. Eight of the top 10 pesticides most commonly used on U.S. conventionally produced cotton were classified as moderately to highly hazardous by the World Health Organization.
  • Cotton’s pesticides are killing bees. On top of polluting our water and soil, the chemical products used in cotton crops include Neonicotinoids, which were linked to bees deaths. The insecticides used on cotton also include dangerous chemicals called Organophosphates, which were originally introduced by Nazi Germany as nerve poisons during World War II, before it was transformed into a pesticide. Studies find that both Neonicotinoids and Organophosphates contributes to killing bees, which is a fact now also recognized by the EPA.
  • Birds decline – Pesticides used in cotton crops, like Neonicotinoids, are also killing at least 67 million of birds every year and are linked to birds decline, according to studies. It is estimated that of the roughly 10% of the birds exposed annually to pesticides on U.S. agricultural lands are killed. This staggering number is a conservative estimate that takes into account only birds that inhabit farmlands, and only birds killed outright by ingestion of pesticides. The full extent of bird fatalities due to pesticides is extremely difficult to determine because most deaths go undetected.
  • 90% of the world’s cotton is genetically modified. More than 270,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide since the introduction of Monsanto’s GMO cotton in just 11 years in India. Monsanto has pushed up prices of seeds by more than 8,000%, pushing the farmers to debt and financial ruin.

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We boycott cotton from Uzbekistan’s forced labor

Our t-shirts are made of cotton ethically produced in the United States. The cotton used by our manufacturers is grown in the United States, including even for our standard t-shirts and imported products. US cotton farmers are required to adhere to strict US labor laws and regulations. These regulations are most likely some of the most stringent in the cotton growing industry globally. They provide workers with ethical workplaces and because cotton is regulated as a food crop, workplace health and safety conditions mirror those of the vast majority of the foods we find on our tables.

Click here to learn more about our US cotton.

 

Slavery-like practices are used in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields

Every year since 1989, the Government of Uzbekistan, one of the world’s largest exporters of cotton, forces over 1 million of Uzbek citizens to leave their regular jobs and go to the fields to pick cotton for weeks in arduous and hazardous conditions. Many people have died almost every year in fields from extreme heat and accidents, including children who are also forced to work. According to several human rights organizations, slavery-like practices are used in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields.

Human rights organizations, such as the IHFHuman Rights WatchAmnesty International and others, define Uzbekistan as “an authoritarian state with limited civil rights” and express profound concern about “wide-scale violation of virtually all basic human rights”.

According to the human rights violations reports, the most widespread violations are torture, arbitrary arrests, and various restrictions of freedoms: of religion, of speech and press, of free association and assembly. It has also been reported that forced sterilization of rural Uzbek women has been practiced by the government. The reports maintain that the violations are most often committed against independent journalists, members of religious organizations, human rights activists and political activists, including members of the banned opposition parties.

Human rights campaigners have been threatened, beaten and detained while attempting to monitor conditions during the harvest. There is currently thousands of political prisoners in Uzbekistan and Human Rights Watch reported that Uzbek prison authorities routinely beat prisoners and use electric shocks, asphyxiation and sexual humiliation to extract information and confessions. Muslim prisoners have even been tortured for praying. According to a forensic report commissioned by the British embassy, some prisoners were boiled to death.

Uzbekistan also maintains the world’s second-highest rate of modern slavery, around 4% of the country’s population working as modern slaves. The only country with an higher slavery rate is North Korea. Recent reports on violations on human rights in Uzbekistan indicate that violations are still going on without any improvement.

The 2005 civil unrest in Uzbekistan, which resulted in over 1500 people being killed by the military. These events are viewed by many as a landmark event in the history of human rights abuse in Uzbekistan. A concern has been expressed and a request for an independent investigation of the events has been made by the United States, the European Union, the United Nations, the OSCE and other human rights NGOs.

Forced labor repeats every year during harvest. Provincial government offices order schoolteachers to close schools and enforce quotas in the cotton fields. The local authorities send government and private business employees in order to meet cotton production quotas. The Uzbek government combines these orders with threats, detains and tortures Uzbek activists seeking to monitor the situation, and refuses to address the problem of forced labor.

The forced labor system orchestrated by the government of Uzbekistan violates human rights, holds Uzbek citizens as modern slaves, and condemns future generations to a cycle of poverty. Only the high officials of the corrupt regime in place for more than 30 years, profits from the forced labor and the massive exports of cotton. We join Uzbek citizens in supporting the Call to Boycott Uzbek Textile organized by the victims of governmental persecution.

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Ethical Guidelines – Manufacturer’s Code of Conduct and working conditions

We take ethics seriously, bringing you sweatshop-free products without any child labor. All of our t-shirts use fair trade cotton made in the USA, including our regular t-shirts. The manufacturer’s working conditions are closely monitored through a transparent Code of Conduct and regular independent audits. This article gives details about our fair labor certifications, the manufacturer’s ethical guidelines and code of conduct, as well as the country of origin of the products and the cotton raw material.

Fair labor certifications

All of our products (including imported apparel) are approved by independent fair labor certifications and ethical seals such as :

The clothing is also environment-friendly approved by Oeko-Tex Certification Class 100

      

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Funds for Anarcho-Punk.net community

Anarcho-punk.net is an international community of punks united against capitalism, racism and authoritarianism. The website features discussion forums and is hosting the biggest online database of anarchist punk music albums downloads.

The community is collectively self-managed by its users using an anti-authoritarian moderation system. The decisions are voted through a direct democracy decision-making process involving all active forum members, which makes this community really unique of it’s kind.

In order to be able to offer thousands of downloads for free, the community had to find a way to pay its operating costs, without resorting to ads or asking for members donations. Since 2009, No-gods-no-masters.com is donating money every year to pay 100% of the fees associated to Anarcho-Punk.net’s development, web hosting, server administration and software licenses.

In addition to this, during 2017 we donated a significant sum of money to help the community with a very big website upgrade that was required in order to provide support for modern devices. It allowed the community to rebuild the website with much better system. This year alone, a total of over $2000 has been donated to Anarcho-Punk.net in order to buy new software licenses, hire developers, upgrade the server and add many custom features.

Supporting the scene since 2009

At the time of publication of this article, over 17,000 members are registered on Anarcho-Punk.net forums and have posted nearly 100,000 posts. Over 5,000 downloads are provided for free through this platform.

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$3000 donated to anti-racist causes and International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund

The sales of our anti-fascist t-shirts have made it possible to donate over $3000 USD to different anti-racist fundraisers during the last year. 2016 was a year where the upsurge of racism and extreme right was felt in different countries which means that now more than ever, the struggles against the rise of fascism must be a priority.

Causes we donated to :

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Discounted t-shirts for non-profit organizations (at production cost)

Since 2009, we have been providing merchandise at the production cost to dozens of activist organizations around the world to help finance their activities. Through activist solidarity and believing in the sharing of the means of production, our principle is to help our comrades without making any profit.

 

We print, you sell

  • Items at production cost with free shipping anywhere in the world
  • Offer intended for non-profit organizations, associations, unions or other groups
  • Minimum order of 25 items
  • Up to 40% off with printing on demand (any items in our inventory)
  • Up to 60% off screen-printing wholesale (minimum 30x the same design)
  • Possibility to print the logo of your association
  • We offer you the services of our graphic designers for free

 

Procedure:

  1. Contact us first to verify your eligibility to the program by providing some information about your project and the group you represent
  2. After receiving confirmation from us, place the order on our site normally and then forward us a copy of the invoice
  3. You will quickly receive a refund through PayPal equivalent to the difference with the production cost

 

Sell your t-shirts on our website

Do you prefer to launch a fundraising campaign by selling t-shirts without having to manage the sales, the inventory, the website and all the technical aspects involved? Submit your project and if accepted by our team, we could sell your t-shirts in our shop.

No financial implication needed on your side! Printing on demand avoids the financial investment normally required to produce t-shirts and the risk of not selling them all. Plus, your t-shirts take advantage of the visibility of a well-established cooperative store.

Our system allows you to track sales and statistics by logging into the site via our simple interface. This allows you to see at any time all of the revenue generated by your sales. The profits are then paid to you at the chosen frequency.

With this partnership, we can provide t-shirts at production cost, even in small quantities. Ideal for smaller campaigns.

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Offered services :

  • Graphic design optimization and preparation for sale
  • Managing international sales and payments
  • Printing and shipping of items (dropshipping)
  • Customer service team 7 days a week
  • After sales service and returns management
  • Computerized accounting – you are able to track your monthly sales statistics
  • Free promotion service

 

Note: we receive a large number of offers and unfortunately we can not accept all designs submitted to us.

Using promotion codes

Promotions are open to everyone, no matter your origin. All countries are eligible.

Our system automatically calculates the most beneficial promotion for each order according to the number of items in the basket. The promotion code to use is displayed just before checkout if the order is eligible.

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When the payment window opens, click on “Redeem your coupon” to enter the promo code (coupon) shown previously on the site.

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R.I.P. Erik Petersen from Mischief Brew

Our deepest condoleances goes to the family and friends of Erik Petersen from Mischief Brew who passed away recently. A gofundme campaign has been setup to help the family – we have donated to the fundraiser and encourage you to do the same. Future sales of our Mischief Brew t-shirts will be used to help the family of Erik.

Make a donation: https://www.gofundme.com/mischiefbrewfund

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Taxes or customs duties ?

Sales tax

International customers never pay any sales tax on the order when purchasing online on this site, which saves you about 15% of the total of your purchases.

For US customers, there is usually no sales tax to pay. However, in the US, recent changes in legislation now impose sales taxes but only for a few specific states. For more information, check out this list of the only places where sales taxes are required (list subject to change)

Customs fees

These charges are separate from sales taxes. Statistics show that the imposition of customs fees is a rare situation although there is always an unpredictable possibility. The shipping option “International Standard” with USPS (US Postal Service) is recommended to minimize the risk.

In some countries, an import tax may be required when a package goes through customs. The process is random and unpredictable – there is no way to completely avoid the risk. All international online orders are subject to the possibility of customs duties, no matter who the sender is. Be assured that our shop doesn’t have hidden charges.

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