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How to Order Sweatshop-Free Alta Gracia Shirts for Your Group

Are you a member of an organization — a school, an activist group, an ethical non-profit, a community sports team — that is looking to buy shirts in bulk? Are you particularly interested in supporting ethically-made, sweatshop-free t-shirts? Would you like to support economic development outside the United States in your choice?

Until this […]

Skreened Goes Biodegradable With Its T-Shirt Shipping

I’m impressed by the extent to which Skreened makes an effort to minimize the environmental impact of its shirt-printing business. It uses less-impactful water-based inks. It prints on shirts made in the USA, which therefore aren’t shipped across an entire ocean. Its production center and storefront in Columbus, Ohio are integrated, making for a more […]

Congratulate Cadbury on Partially Moving to Fair Trade Chocolate

Adrienne Fitch-Frankel of Global Exchange details the conditions still present in cocoa fields:

The slave trade in the West African cocoa fields, which regularly produces in the neighborhood of 70% of the world’s cocoa, led to public outrage after a series of media reports nearly a decade ago revealed the extent of abusive child labor […]

What Changes Does Skreened Have Up Its Sleeve for March?

Skreened, the only print-on-demand service in the known universe to sell shirts exclusively made in certifiably sweatshop-free conditions, has changes afoot. On March 1, the design and print shop is set to unveil a new website, the result of what the staff cryptically teases is a “makeover.”

What will we see? I don’t have a […]

ShirtCity Becomes a Viable if Limited Choice for Sweat-Free Sales

Seven months ago, I reviewed a number of online print-on-demand services — websites that allow you to put your designs on products and sell them for profit. Other reviews of these print-on-demand websites focused on the ease of use or stylishness of the products being printed upon, but I took a different tack, focusing upon […]

I gave Governor Blagojevich a bribe, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt! (Get it Ethically Here)

One of the interesting things about designing t-shirts is trying to figure out which ones will be popular and which won’t. Nope, I’m still not good those predictions. I was pretty sure my Man Plus Woman Equals Thingy would be a wildly popular t-shirt zinging the fundamentalists for their marriage equation, but nope, I haven’t […]

Product Introductions Deepen Ethical Distinction Between Skreened and CafePress

This month, CafePress has introduced four new sweatshirts for its online shopkeepers to place their images on and sell. A CafePress representative confirmed to me today that each of the sweatshirts is made outside the USA, in a long-distance arrangement that only makes economic sense for CafePress if the workers who make those sweatshirts are […]

For the Ability to Make Ethical Choices as a T-Shirt Shopkeeper, It’s Still Skreened Over Zazzle

There are some things I can’t tell you.

In order to obtain information about Zazzle‘s plans for its evolving relationship to shopkeepers, I was required this past winter to sign a legally binding non-disclosure agreement in which I had to promise not to share anything I was told. Thanks to that agreement I signed, I […]

Why Won’t Hillary Clinton Disavow Sweatshop Cash?

Although Democrats claim to represent progressives and progressive interests, they’ve got other ties as well. Consider Hillary Clinton, who has received multiple campaign contributions from the Tan family of the Northern Marianas Islands. The Tan family is well-known for running garment factories with sweatshop working conditions and low levels of pay. Even though Hillary Clinton […]

Questions Persist on the Ethics of FFF Shirts

On March 26, I sent the following e-mail message off to First Freedom First, a non-profit organization advocating for religious liberty in America under the First Amendment:

My name is James Cook, I’m a resident of Columbus Ohio (who is looking forward to attending the simulcast tonight), and I have a question regarding the Online […]

First Freedom First Goes Silent on Shirt Ethics

Two weeks ago, I sent First Freedom First an e-mail asking the organization to indicate whether it would be willing to redirect its efforts away from selling shirts made by corporations with a history of sweatshop labor production:

I notice that FFF is selling shirts, some of which are made overseas by subcontractors to corporations […]