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Good Shirts Doing Good: The Four Corners of Skreened’s Ethical Foundation

Yesterday afternoon, the print-on-demand t-shirt outfit called Skreened renewed its commitment to ethical practice, issuing this statement:

1. Ethically made – inside and out. We start with only American Made garments. That’s our baseline for treating workers at the beginning of the process with respect. Money is our way to vote our conscience daily and [...]

Econscious GOTS Report Establishes Much, But Not Fair Labor Conditions

For a month now, I’ve been evaluating the claim by CafePress that the Econscious brand t-shirts it sells are made produced by “sustainable organizations” in accordance with “fair trade practices.” In particular, I’m looking at production in one of the factories supplying shirts to Econscious — a factory in Lahore, Pakistan. Econscious executives have proclaimed [...]

Along the Production Line: Pakistan to Econscious to CafePress to You

Wages reported to be paid by a Lahore, Pakistan factory in 2007-2008 for a month of 48-hour work weeks making Econscious brand t-shirts: 4600 rupees a month (equivalent to US $77 a month)

Cost of a month’s rent for a family to live in a fly-infested Lahore, Pakistan slum with sewage running down the street, [...]

Basic Food Budget Eats Up Pay of Lahore, Pakistan Econscious Factory Workers

I’ll get to considerations of a basic food budget in Lahore in a moment, but first a review of why I’m interested in the matter:

For a bit less than a month now, I’ve been considering the veracity of claims of CafePress that the Econscious brand shirts it sells are made produced by “sustainable organizations” [...]

Apparel Factory's "Livable Wage" Not Enough to Afford a Slum Flat in Lahore, Pakistan

I’ve been trying to figure out as best I can whether or not the Econscious garment factory’s reported 2007-2008 wage of 4600 rupees for a month of full-time work qualifies as a “livable wage” for its workers who live in the city of Lahore, Pakistan. One way to figure this out is to actually ask [...]

Interested Parties Articulate Livable Wage Much Higher Than Minimum in Pakistan

As part of an effort to demonstrate that its Lahore, Pakistan factory does right by its workers, Econscious President Dale Denkensohn released reports of workers’ pay from the winter of 2007-2008 a few days ago. Are their reported wages for full-time 48 hour workweeks — 4600 Pakistan rupees a month, equivalent to 37 US pennies [...]

What is a considered a living wage in Lahore, Pakistan?

In the Lahore, Pakistan factory that produces t-shirts for the Econscious brand, workers are reported to have been paid the minimum wage of 4600 Pakistan Rupees per month during the winter of 2007-2008, plus overtime. The average worker at that factory for Econscious took home PKR. 5344.75 (equivalent to US $89) in a month for [...]

What Does Minimum Wage Get You in Lahore, Pakistan? Something Far Away from the Pakistani Middle Class

I’ve been inspired by the recent willingness of t-shirt corporation Econscious to share some information about one of its factories in Lahore, Pakistan. By inspired, I don’t mean elated. When I look at the income reports for 20 workers in that factory in Lahore for the fall of 2007 to winter of 2008, I’m inspired [...]

Econscious President Claims Fair Trade Status. I Look Forward to the Proof.

[To find a full set of Irregular Times articles on Econscious, click here.]

You may have seen here yesterday an article by the name of “Be Wary of CafePress’ New Line of Econscious T-Shirts.” The article researched CafePress’ claim that Econscious is an apparel provider “affiliated with sustainable organizations and fair trade practices.” Econscious openly [...]