While we are not simply a clothing brand, apparel plays a vital role in our mission. Not only do we donate a portion of the sales to different organizations, but we also aim to expose our community to societal and environmental issues such as those in the apparel industry.
We strive to offer the highest quality products not only in fit and feel, but with environmental and social responsibility in mind. From manufacturing to arriving at your door, we've worked from the ground up to reduce environmental impact and support positive social change with every tee.
When developing The Freedom Tee, we wanted to make sure our shirts came from a company as focused on environmental and social impact as we are. Luckily, we found that and more in Allmade Apparel. Not only is each shirt made with 6 recycled water bottles, but Allmade shirts also use 70% less water than a typical shirt, saving hundreds of gallons of water per tee. Whereas typical alternatives can contain over 5 ounces of chemicals per shirt, Allmade does not chemically treat their shirts. Allmade has also partnered with The Global Orphan Project, the founders of LIFE, an apparel facility in Haiti where All Made's shirts are produced. LIFE aims to fight generational poverty by paying their employees 3-4 times the going rate for similar jobs. Furthermore, 100% of LIFE's profits are given to organizations supporting orphans through education, mentorship, and transitional support.
If you'd like to find out more about the impact wearing Allmade has versus traditional clothing brands, you can check out their nifty impact calculator here.
We were lucky when our Allmade contact recommended Threadbare Printhouse, a completely women-owned printing shop based in Eugene, Oregon. Specializing in water-based printing, Threadbare Printhouse has mastered their craft to offer the highest quality prints without sacrificing their responsibility to the environment. Apart from creating amazing products, the team at Threadbare strives to be an active and inspiring force in their community, organizing numerous fundraisers and fielding donations to the Oregon Supported Living Program (OSLP) and Planned Parenthood.
You can learn more about the great work being done at Threadbare Printhouse by clicking here.
When it comes to printing the eye-catching designs we all love to rock, it is easy to overlook the resources and chemicals used to produce our favorite clothing. All types of printing use chemicals that are detrimental to the environment. Traditional industrial printing methods use a technique known as plastisol printing. Have you ever felt the print on your shirt? Maybe it feels like it is sitting on top of your shirt instead of being absorbed by the fabric. Those waxy-to-the-touch designs that sit on top of the fabric are most likely plastisol prints. While many advancements have been made to reduce the number of chemicals used in this process, the name offers a big hint - it’s plastic! From the making of the ink to its disposal, plastisols are chemically intensive. As these inks breakdown from repeated washing and wear and tear, they release harmful micro-plastics into the environment. The UN estimates that half a million tons of microfibers find their way to the ocean every year.