Convincing a group you work with to buy Union Made in the USA for their bulk tee-shirts is a way to make a difference on a bigger scale.
Planning a 5k, a family reunion, or any event this coming year? Instead of ordering bulk Gildan made in sweatshops tee-shirts, think about ordering ethically made tees to get printed.
I have tee-shirts printed from both, and they come out great.
If you have a favorite print shop you want to support, ask them if they can source made in the USA or union made tee-shirts to be printed on. The more we ask, the more the industry will have to shift.
The summer camp I used to work at and still volunteer with Pilgrim Lodge switched over years ago to buy Sweat-Free teeshirts for the camp store. They sell hundreds of shirts a year, so it makes a big difference. Plus, it’s a great educational opportunity to the campers and counselors.
They currently use EthixMerch and they also print some shirts with Full Court Press out of Westbrook, Maine, who sourced USA made teeshirts and then printed them locally.
Will it cost a little more? Probably a little. Is it the right thing to do? Absolutely.