Coffee & Ink: Wear A Better Shirt

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Good morning, friends! Let’s talk shirts.

But not just any shirts. Shirts you can feel good about.

That’s right. Today we’re talking about Allmade Apparel. Here’s their story as told by them:

Allmade was founded by a screen print supply company and ten leading screen printing businesses from across the country, who purchase hundreds of thousands of t-shirts annually to sell to printers as blank canvases and to customers as printed shirts.

This founding group with the support of the rest of the screen printing industry have a unique opportunity to influence the apparel market by suggesting and offering socially and environmentally responsible alternatives to our customers – who often are unaware of the exploitative nature of t-shirt manufacturing and its environmental impact.

Twenty minutes on Google will teach you everything you need to know about the environmental damage done by cotton, plastic, and the profit-first practices of the apparel industry.

The Allmade story starts when we traveled to Haiti together. We experienced first-hand the economic and environmental devastation experienced by garment workers, and realized what a positive impact we could have by creating dignified living wage jobs that empower the proud people of Haiti to take care of themselves and their families.

We returned wholly committed to breaking the cycle of poverty and child abandonment in Haiti, while reducing our industry’s impact on the environment. We will do this first by making high quality, fashionable shirts that are a pleasure to print on and wear, and then by leveraging our industry influence to make Allmade a brand consumers ask for by name.

Talk about inspiring! We’ve been printing Allmade shirts for almost a year now and trust us when we say it’s a high-quality shirt. Extremely soft and form fitting, the Allmade shirt will not only become your favorite shirt to wear, but your favorite shirt to tell people about too. Their tri-blend shirts are constructed of organic, U.S. cotton; polyester produced from recycled plastic bottles (6 bottles per tri-blend shirt that never make it to a landfill); and modal, a fiber from sustainably-farmed beech trees. Their cotton is grown in Texas (represent), and spun, knitted, dyed and finished in the Carolinas, funding American jobs and reducing shipping pollution.

Like Allmade, we believe that safe and comfortable working conditions are a fundamental right. That’s why we tell every customer who walks in to our shop about these shirts.

 

Allmade is dedicated to a transparent supply chain and ethical production standards. The LIFE facility located on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti is BetterWork and WRAP certified and is open to visitors. Makers earn more than 3x the going rate for like jobs in the area, an amount carefully calculated to support living expenses of a Haitian household.

 
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FUN FACT: For every 100 Allmade shirts made:

  • 49,000 Gallons of Water is saved (Allmade Shirts use 70% less water than a typical conventional shirt.)

  • 533oz (33lbs) of Chemicals are reduced (Allmade Shirts are not chemically treated. Typical conventional alternatives can contain over 5oz ea.)

  • 640oz (40lbs) of Crude Oil is reduced (That's 0.13 barrels of oil! Every Allmade shirt saves an est. 6.4oz of oil over it's typical conventional shirt alternative.)

  • 600 qty Bottles Recycled (Every Allmade shirt saves 6 bottles from landing in the landfill.)

  • 1 Day of Living Wage Jobs (Allmade helps provide Living Wage Jobs in Haiti. An impact that extends beyond the individual!)

  • 8 Days of Lives Changed (Every living wage job that Allmade creates helps families live a better life!)

That’s a big deal.

Seriously, this will be your new favorite shirt. If you don’t believe me, please come into the shop so I can show you a sample of these shirts. Let’s create something together that will work for you and our brothers and sisters all over the world.

Never forget, our doors are always open (well, Monday-Friday 8-5) to help out in any way we can. Feel free to shoot us an email, give us a call, or drop by the shop and we can talk shirts.

Have a productive week, friends!
-Broc