All of our clothing is printed, processed, packaged and shipped from the United States.
We usually offer two types of products manufacturers options – either imported or produced locally. The most ethical t-shirts are of course the local products but the downside is the premium price. However, we understand that most of our working class customers are on a budget and sometimes prefer the cheapest option available. That’s why we also offer regular t-shirts at $15 – but we still make sure to always use brands among the most ethical in the imported clothing industry, ensuring humane working conditions.
The brands we carry will depend on availability and other factors, therefore we can’t provide the details about each manufacturer and product origin in this F.A.Q. but you can contact us to get specific information.
Origin of our fair trade certified cotton
The vast majority of the cotton used by our t-shirt manufacturers is produced in the United States, including even 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.
We boycott cotton from Uzbekistan’s forced labor.
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.
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. We join Uzbek citizens in supporting the Call to Boycott Uzbek Textile organized by the victims of governmental persecution.
- Origin of our fair trade certified cotton
- Ethical Guidelines – Manufacturer’s Code of Conduct and working conditions (full text)
- Fair labor certifications
- Eco-responsibility, environment-friendly practices and use of non-chemical inks
- Why are we boycotting Uzbekistan Cotton?
- Information on locally produced t-shirts
- Browse our “local t-shirts” section