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Kiva Frowns but we Smile when Microloans Default

For every sweatshop-free t-shirt we sell at Skreened, we set aside a dollar to donate to some form of economic development for the poor people living overseas. Initially, we participated in microloans under the Kiva system, thinking that the non-profit’s loans must be generously giving

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Irregular Times Microgrant: Village Enterprise Fund

Nicholas Kristoff says the best thing Americans can do for poor people living in the Third World is to buy crap made in sweatshop factories where people don’t make enough money to support their families, because even though they’re exploitative jobs, they’re better than the

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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

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Overseas Microloan: Loam Cham, Photography, Cambodia

For years, 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

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A Map of Skreened Ethics in Practice

UPDATE, NOVEMBER 2015: I NO LONGER CAN CONCLUDE WITH CONFIDENCE THAT SKREENED IS ETHICALLY AWESOME. ASK SKREENED WHO MAKES THEIR SHIRTS ON WHICH THEY PRINT AND ASK HOW MUCH THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THE SHIRTS MAKE PER HOUR IN PAY. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO SKREENED’S

Psst... what kind of person doesn't support pacifism?