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Complexity of Apparel Supply Chains

Supply chains are complicated. They are less complicated for common fair trade items like coffee or handmade baskets, but we deal with promotional products. Items that have custom embellishments like screen printing and embroidery have more complex manufacturing processes than most agricultural or artisan items. See_Instant_Pricing_Custom_ShirtsWhen considering the supply chain of any old printed T-shirt, most people who care about sweatshops immediately think of the cut-and-sew factory. However, custom logo designs do not magically appear on your clothing- people make that part, too.

Union Embellished, USA Made Merchandise: For Work and Play IUOE Local 501, of California and Nevada, was gracious in their support of union and USA manufactured items for a recent activity day for their members. Since these are the hardworking people who keep our homes safe...

Ethical Organization Merchandise, Simply

We want your experience to be easy when ordering ethical customized items. That's why we've created the following guides for upcoming events. These event guides bring together some of the best ideas for parades, back-to-school, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We know it's a little early to think about fall, but the more you can plan in advance, the better. (Though we still love rush orders; contact us when it's your last minute). Here's to turning your creative wheels-

Great Union Made Promotional Products

Are your teams and organizations prepared for the dog days of summer? Make sure your Scouts, campers, and youth groups have American-made flashlights and sunblock, and keep your Rugby team ethically outfitted with Canadian-sewn player apparel! (Other sports teams can find clothing made in the USA here.) We love these fun summertime items, but what can you do if you need a promo product that will be used all year long...? We are proud to introduce jar openers made from recycled tires. We can't think of a more cost-effective and helpful item if you want constant exposure and gratitude toward your group!

Eco- and Labor-Friendly Promo Merch

Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and marathon runners are being cheered on with union-made printed megaphones! Oh yes- and then there are home repair projects with customized American-made screwdrivers. We love summer! Want more creative new ideas for ethical promotional products?  Absolutely, we can help! Here are some of our latest favorites.  Let us know if you have any questions.

UAW Local 4121 represents Academic Student Employees at three University of Washington campuses. For their newest contract negotiations, these Academic Student Employees showed commitment to solidarity (when unions buy union made) and purchased union made and living wage Alta Gracia T-shirts! What's more- their shirts were...

"Moisture Wicking" does not mean "Sweatfree"

Whether you are enjoying a warm day at work or playing sports with friends, we think it's important that you are comfortable! Did you know that you can have comfort while supporting sweatshop-free manufacturing? Sweatshops got their name from the stuffy, often scorching, working conditions sewers regularly experience. Oftentimes large corporations "cut-and-run" when employees try to organize to gain better conditions. Sweatshop activists have documented examples of sporting goods giants like Nike and Russell who have pulled out of contracted factories when workers voiced their need for respectful working standards.

Ethically Sourced Custom T-shirts

T-shirts are by far the most popular customized promotional item. We sell a lot of shirts! This popularity also means shirts have the most different ethical options available. Navigating these options and making an informed decision is a tricky task, especially if your job isn't researching all day long. That's why Ethix exists- we do the research so you don't have to! We pride ourselves on being the most accurate source of information about ethical custom T-shirts.