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Endangered Species Sighting: Made in the USA Hanes T-Shirt

Doing a bit of cleaning yesterday, I opened a box I hadn’t touched since I graduated from high school some thirty years ago. It contained a piece that was common back then but that is no longer reproducing. I guess you could say it is part of an endangered species:

It was possible then, [...]

Do You Miss Those Stripey 70s Socks?

As a family man as much as a matter of nostalgia, I’ve had a hankering for those white tube socks with different colors of stripes at the top. They were perfect for laundry sorting when I was a kid: everybody knew who had which colors, and you could match ‘em up just like that.

Well, [...]

AFA Tea Party T-Shirt? Patriotically Made with Cheap Haitian Labor

The fundamentalist Christian American Family Association is a hairtrigger organization, calling boycotts against companies for the moral outrage of not using the word “Christmas” in advertising, even when, um, they actually do use the word.

The same AFA is calling for Americans to summon up their patriotic fervor to take part in the Tea Party [...]

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 [...]

Zazzle Makes Ethical Advance: Select Your Own Shirt Lines

Zazzle is a website that allows you not only to design a buy a shirt for yourself, but also to sell the shirts you design to other people. As far back as 2006, we at Irregular Times have been asking the people who run Zazzle to let people who want to sell shirts there the [...]

CafePress Dramatically Expands Line of Organic Sweatshop-Free Tees

CafePress has done something right, five times over.

Starting this week, the print-on-demand service has expanded its line one just one organic cotton sweatshop-free t-shirt from American Apparel, a unisex adult fitted t-shirt, by adding five more garments, each made sweatshop-free in the USA by American Apparel, each made with organic cotton. The new options [...]

CafePress Finally Adds Sweatshop-Free Organic Black T-Shirts to its Shops.

For about six years now, as a part of our plan to eat food we have sold t-shirts with liberal, progressive and anti-war messages on them via the print-on-demand service CafePress. While CafePress is not perfect by a long stretch, we consider it a pretty good company to work with because it expands choice, not [...]

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 [...]

CafePress adds new American Apparel T-Shirt to its Line.

I just got off the phone with a representative of CafePress who informs me that (following up on plans it had announced last month) the print-on-demand company is now offering a new line of Junior Jersey T-Shirts, replacing an old line that was not made in the demonstrably sweatshop-free conditions that American Apparel maintans. The [...]

How Patriotic is this Patriotic Military Cap Design Contest?

CafePress is currently holding an “All-American” “American Patriotism-themed Military Cap” design contest to celebrate Independence Day. Entrants are asked to design “patriotic” images in line with the theme of Independence Day and put them up for sale on CafePress’ military caps, which look like this:

Thing is, I just checked in with a CafePress [...]