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The Rise of Mental Illness in the Apparel Sector

In his 2011 treatise Why the Epidemic? Bring Me My Pants, Dr. Marzo Angeli of the Krans Fripkin Institute taps into various streams of evidence to track a stark rise in mental disorders in the apparel sector over the past 15 years. Although Dr. Angeli finds the identification of this trend to be a simple [...]

U.S. Gov’t: If You’re Wearing Clothes from Vietnam, you may be part of the Child Slave Trade

Since 2001, the U.S. Department of Labor has been required by law to disclose the names of industries in various countries that use child labor or slave labor in the production of goods you might buy here in the United States. On September 27 2012, the Department of Labor’s latest disclosure includes a determination based [...]

Recommended: Ken Silverstein on T-Shirt Jobs vs. the Sex Trade in Cambodia

If you are considering buying a shirt made in Cambodia — or any shirt on a webpage like this one at CafePress where country of origin is obscured to keep you in the dark — I encourage you to read Ken Silverstein’s recent article on women who enter the sex trade to escape the worse [...]

Lifewear or Alta Gracia or Anvil: Yes, You Do Have a Choice

Last year I carried on a conversation with a printer in Florida who sells his own line of Democratic Party and “progressive” apparel. After I asked him where his shirts were made, he admitted that they were made in the Caribbean by workers who were probably mistreated and paid a dirt-cheap, grindingly low minimum wage, [...]

Overseas Microloan: Sarantuya Sambuu of Mongolia for a Cafe

To keep this website and our tummies going, we sell political t-shirts with liberal messages on them through Skreened, a printer whose awesomeness is both aesthetical (they print shirts on demand on an immensely bigger area of shirt than either CafePress or Zazzle) and ethical (they sell shirts made under American labor and environmental standards [...]

Overseas Microloan: Najil Bantilan, Philippines, General Store

An ethical dilemma presents itself to those of us who sell shirts. It might be hypothetically thought of as good to do business with shirt suppliers from overseas, since doing so would send capital from the relatively wealthy United States to the rather more poor developing world. But in actuality, shirts shipped halfway around the [...]

Overseas Microloan: Sylivia Tibabwerayo, Grocery, Uganda

For many years now, we writers at Irregular Times have kept our effort afloat and started new efforts like That’s My Congress by putting liberal t-shirts up for sale. We have only sold shirts made in the USA because in the United States there are clearly defined labor and workspace protections, and because American Apparel [...]

Political Donation: Electronic Frontier Foundation

When you buy one of our sweatshop-free t-shirts, you do more than spread a progressive political message across your chest. For every shirt we sell, we pledge to donate $1 to a progressive political cause right here in the USA.

This past week, we’ve seen the Senate hide behind a voice vote to pass a [...]

Artistic and Ethical Disaster: CafePress Removes Designer and Product Discretion. Take Control of Your Destiny. Get Off the Marketplace!

The last time that CafePress made changes to its terms of service, it did so openly. The t-shirt, button and bumper sticker printer did not make that mistake again, making a quiet but fundamental change today that may nevertheless push more people away from doing business there.

Corporate, Capitalist CafePress CafePress is a “print on [...]

CafePress Boom! New Ethical Design Possibilities with Sweatshop-Free Dark Cotton Kids Shirts

For us here at Irregular Times, selling shirts is like licking fingers: we like to know where they’ve been. We sell shirts made by American Apparel because the company is transparent and reliably regulated when it comes it its workforce and compensation practices. Most apparel producers work very hard to hide the information about their [...]

Cafepress or Skreened? Comparing Ethics, Base Price and Design Area, the Choice is Clear

There’s more than a little hyperbole out there about changes to the Terms of Service by the print-on-demand merchandiser CafePress, and some of it is more than a bit hypocritical. Buzz Edition tweets, “Artists get shafted by @cafepress Slave labor was abolished…Right?” and Lavender Liberal blogs:

If you recoil at the idea of buying a [...]